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Old 23rd November 2015, 12:29 AM   #1
EddieT is offline EddieT  United States
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Has anyone made a large enough purchase via aliexpress to incur customs charges? If so I what was your experience, was it handled by local PO?

My only experience with customs was many years ago and I had to go to a customs PO to pay out a watch from Hong Kong.
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Old 23rd November 2015, 02:16 AM   #2
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I usually get a bill from the carrier for customs charges.
I then pay it online.
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Old 23rd November 2015, 02:24 AM   #3
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Old 25th November 2015, 10:36 PM   #4
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We recently had 2 separate shipments on a single order from Aliexpress (two different vendors). The purchase and shipping was prepaid, one arrived with no customs or delivery taxes due (strange, but not gonna argue), and the other was like most of our parcel post from US to Canada - custom import duties when applicable and local sales taxes due COD. When it's by UPS, the brokerage fee on small value shipments can exceed all the taxes, and sometimes even the goods.
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Old 26th November 2015, 01:20 AM   #5
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I just placed a $22.75 order and will see what happens.
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Old 26th November 2015, 02:03 AM   #6
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If DHL gets there dirty little hands on a $60+ item you can expect brokerage fee ($14) plus taxes.
I purchased a few enclosures and got it every time.
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Old 26th November 2015, 05:02 AM   #7
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I've never had to pay any additional fees over the closing costs.
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Old 26th November 2015, 05:14 AM   #8
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I have bought digital amps for $150 and a couple lower cost items. Never had to pay any kind of customs charge.
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Old 26th November 2015, 05:33 AM   #9
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If DHL get their dirty little hands on a $60+ item you can expect brokerage fee ($14) plus taxes.
I purchased a few enclosures and got it every time.
Same over here. Our own national postal company rarely does this with low cost stuff but the market was "opened" and foreign companies entered. DHL is terrible with their intimidating letters and extra fees. UPS is like that. For this reason I choose the cheapest shipping option and my packets are then delivered by our own national post company (which gives them work and helps my own people). Any US company charges extra fees. Why ? It his certainly not only VAT taxes they charge. Is this a kind of game ? How to fool customers ? To keep "stock holders" happy ? My experiences are that they don't offer anything extra compared to the classic postal companies maybe except for very fast delivery but I would prefer lower cost to 1 day less time.
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Old 26th November 2015, 06:18 PM   #10
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damuffin - FWIW of the big three from which we have to choose when the option is offered on international shipments, we find FEDEX the least usurious and equal if not superior in service to the other two named

For domestic shipments, Purolator randomly exercises the delightful prerogative of assessing "special handling" ($14 to not throw a box of epoxy glue cartridges against the wall) or "corrected (cubic) weight charges - as in $100+ freight on a 4ft long x 16" square box with single sheet of plastic laminate - IOW a box of mostly air, weighing maybe 20 lbs. On a really lucky day, they'll stack both charges on the same package.

Other than that they're pretty decent to work with on a daily basis, and have a reasonably user friendly tracking system to confirm location of lost packages in a multi-piece shipment - sorry, just one of my pet peeves, back to your regularly scheduled programming .
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