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Getting a package shipped to the US

I'd like to purchase something online however it is only available for sale in Canada and the UK at this time, and they are not yet shipping to the U.S. Is there a way that I could arrange for an intermediary to get it shipped to a place in Canada and then forwarded to me? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jun 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Why is my jacket being held up in Frankfurt?

I ordered a jacket from Taiwan on Oct 2. According to the tracking ID, it arrived in Frankfurt on Oct 5. There have been no further updates on the "foreign information" tab since then. Why is it stuck there for 11 days now? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Oct 15, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I label customs forms when shipping personal effects to the US?

I am about to send some used personal effects to the US from Europe. I'm sending four boxes of used books and clothes. Each box weighs about 20kg. What should I put on the customs label? In particular, how do I estimate the value of used personal effects? Is it zero? I don't care about insurance/replacement value, I just want to minimize/avoid customs charges. If it matters, I'm in Germany, and will be sending by DHL. I'm a European citizen who will be moving to the US for three years with a J-1 (academic) visa. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jun 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Is it really more of a liability to pack my own boxes?

I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US?

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US? I looked through the policies and stuff, and didn't see anything that would prevent it, but my Google Translate might be fooling me. [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Mar 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Burned once more by my online shopping habit

I bought some clothes online from a store based in the UK, shipped to the US. Is this surprise customs/duty/shipping charge normal? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Dec 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Furniture Shopping in Bali and Shipping to Sydney

How to go about buying furniture in Bali (Indonesia) and getting it to Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Nov 6, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I calculate duties on a package mailed to Italy from the United States?

How do I calculate the duties, taxes, and/or other fees that a person in Italy will have to pay in order to receive a gift mailed from the United States? [more inside]
posted by kellygreen on Oct 13, 2011 - 7 answers

How to avoid customs fees on return of my own computer

Do I have to pay customs duties to have a computer I left behind in Ireland shipped to California? [more inside]
posted by AndNeverWell on May 6, 2011 - 5 answers

US Dryports

Where can I find a comprehensive list of all the ports in the United States that are capable of receiving an international cargo shipment that will need to be cleared through US customs? I know that this includes seaports, but I think that it also includes "dry ports" and "intermodal hubs."
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Nov 10, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I get more info from US Customs about a stopped package?

UPS says that US Customs has stopped a package being sent to me from Hong Kong and it is going to be destroyed, but they won't tell me how to contact Customs directly. Is something fishy going on here? [more inside]
posted by Menthol on Apr 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Why does India consider the iPhone a "Dangerous Item" that cannot be shipped to the US?

How do you ship an electronic item (iPhone) with a non-removable battery out of India? It's labelled as a "dangerous item." [more inside]
posted by smersh on Mar 16, 2009 - 6 answers

DHL want to charge me for something I already own!

I'm in Germany for the next few months. Had one of my hard drives shipped to me by a friend so I could get to some of my files. DHL have it now and won't give it to me without a fee and a receipt! What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Nov 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Advice on avoiding customs charges when shipping personal property to myself (US->UK)?

I'd like to have my brother ship an item I bought in the US to me (I'm in the UK.) I'd also like not to have to hand over my first born child to UK Customs. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by -1 on Oct 22, 2008 - 6 answers

How do avoid paying customs twice on a shipment?

How do I avoid paying customs on a package I'm shipping back home? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jan 26, 2008 - 7 answers

How much are customs fees in Japan for a Nintendo DS Lite?

Is it worth it to have a Nintendo DS Lite shipped halfway around the world and back? [more inside]
posted by greasepig on Mar 31, 2007 - 10 answers

I am the grey market

Seeking advice about selling to the UK on eBay. [more inside]
posted by evariste on Dec 21, 2006 - 13 answers

Online selling to Europe from the US?

(E)URO-COMMERCE filter - i run a mail order business and web site and entertain fantasies of doing the same in europe. does anyone have any knowledge of the shipping/postage/tax/duties situation for inter-european shipping? are there examples of companies who serve europe the way small e-tailers are able to server the whole US via UPS or thhe US mail?
posted by subpixel on Dec 9, 2004 - 7 answers

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