How often are you hit by customs?

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cooly
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1 Aug 06 07:32:02 pm
OK, I've heard stories from some people saying that sometimes they don't need to pay customs charges. I am interested to know how often those nasty customs check your goods. I've heard that customs just do random stop and checks. Is this true? I am particularly interested in the opinions of people from the UK. I may have heard this wrong, but I'm not sure.

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tab10us
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1 Aug 06 11:33:59 pm
i don't know about the UK but in the US customs does random checks of goods coming in from other countries. i have had a shipment seized so i said almost never.

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ritchy
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2 Aug 06 02:11:42 am
Hi there, New Zealand and most other countries customs do random checks, they tend (although they dont admit it) to choose the larger scale items, If you were to buy in bulk I highly recomend they be sent in small shipments, Thanks.
p.s I have had items seized by customs. Only once but was my own fault as I did not check properly to see if they were authentic.

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yanjun
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2 Aug 06 03:25:02 am
I have had shipments worth over thousands of dollars shipped and I was never charge by customs in Australia.

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dowdy
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3 Aug 06 07:25:48 am
i've only been hit by customs once. That was for some nikes i ordered and was one of my very first orders. Since then, nothing

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direct-consumer
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4 Aug 06 04:16:27 am
Nothing yet... I have made several orders from china to the U.S. and haven't had any problems with customs.

However I haven't been purchasing anything that customs could pass as not authentic. I've been purchasing those mp4 players that look like ipods but I make sure they don't have ipod logo's on them, thats what customs will catch you on.

My orders have varied from $100.00 to $600.00 and haven't had any customs fees. :wink:

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ritchy
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4 Aug 06 06:11:14 am
Yes, I would have to say it is not often you will get caught out by customs but if you are caught with a large shipment of goods you will then be charged for purchasing with the content to sell. This fine varies and can go up a high amount, Beware!... If you dont want to get caught then you need to pay GST on all goods, pay customs fees etc just to avoid fines (unless of course you have a permit) Thanks

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tab10us
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7 Aug 06 07:59:32 pm
yeah never do nikes because thats what customs took from me as well

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ritchy
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8 Aug 06 04:52:01 am
Yes... I agree with the above^... Thay also look out for big name brands such as ralph lauren etc as well. customs are employed (as such) by these companies to stop fake goods of their nature reaching people.
Thanks guys.

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direct-consumer
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9 Aug 06 03:24:13 am
Anyone know what the limit is on a order before customs will charge you for a shipment from china? I'm thinking about ordering a large shipment valued at $2,000 and not sure if I should devide it into smaller orders to try and clear customs without getting any fees.

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ritchy
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9 Aug 06 05:21:48 am
Hi there, It may be worth trying to put in seperate parcels (depending on the extra cost of shipping)... I would put in 2 seperate parcels. Sorry I cant be more of assistance!

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mana2006
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10 Aug 06 06:24:11 pm
Lets say I have a customers brokers number on hand just in case. I often buy bulk and get checked. The larger the packagae the higher the odds of it getting stopped at customs. I have also had products sit there for weeks.

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