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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

Shotgun of emergency international travel questions

A dear family member suddenly passed in Italy. I live in the Mid-Atlantic USA. I really need to travel to Italy on very short notice for the funeral. I am not a frequent air traveler to begin with, but have never been abroad in my life (though I do have a passport). I have no idea how this works. I want to know anything I should know about getting to and from my destination (e.g., negotiating customs). I also want to know how bereavement fares work, whether I should bother trying to get one, who people have had good experiences with, etc. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 25, 2012 - 35 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

Nice cans.

Where do customs reporting sites like importgenius.com get the info that's in their database? [more inside]
posted by PSB on Feb 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Can't live without the KitchenAid!

Is it ok to put a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in my checked luggage on a flight from JFK to Heathrow? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Jan 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Can I share the (marshmallow) love?

I have perfected homemade marshmallows and they are delicious! They are so delicious that I want to send some from San Francisco to a friend in England. The only trouble is that the marshmallows have a coating of white powder (confectioners' sugar and a little cornflour) to ensure they don't stick together and create one big mess. Am I asking for trouble by sending this stuff via USPS internationally? [more inside]
posted by RosiePosie on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

cash as a gift in the US

Help me understand why cash is not considered an acceptable gift option in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by needled on Dec 24, 2011 - 37 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

Paying duties at the airport

How do I pay customs tax and duties when flying into Canada? [more inside]
posted by ceribus peribus on Dec 18, 2011 - 8 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

Splurging for the hotel, but eating on the cheap while traveling

What are some healthy foods that one can take traveling abroad, to minimize the costs of eating out? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 29, 2011 - 20 answers

How can a white guy learn to appreciate Indian culture?

How can I make the most of my time in Northwest London to understand Indian culture, cuisine, customs? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Sep 5, 2011 - 5 answers

My Sex Toys Are Not Bombs (However, Messy Explosions? Yes.)

Caring for my personal toys? More after the jump. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Booked a vacation at Miraval. Now what?

What's it like at an all-inclusive resort/spa like Miraval? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian on Jul 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Welcome to Japan

What should I expect once I arrive in Tokyo? And what shouldn't I miss while I'm in the Kyoto area next weekend? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 17, 2011 - 12 answers

The five fingers of the law

I had a package misclassified by Australian Customs and seized on that basis. I can apply for its release but apparently they are forced to sue me if I do so. Wtf? [more inside]
posted by polyglot on Jul 15, 2011 - 8 answers

non-parent traveling with infant internationally

How to fly internationally with an infant that is not your own? My nanny and infant will travel from Paris to Italy and meet us there. Does anyone have experience with this? I don't want to put her in a difficult position with customs. [more inside]
posted by Snower on May 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Do London taxis take payment in towels?

I am an obsessive worrier. I've just booked short-notice tickets to spend a week with friends in London. I know where my towel is, but that's about it. Help me do this without losing my shit over the many other small things I need to figure out. [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE on May 18, 2011 - 41 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

Do I need to declare my debit card in US Customs?

Will I have to declare my debit card when going through US Customs? [more inside]
posted by Bukvoed on Mar 26, 2011 - 5 answers

What do you do at a funeral?

Funeral Question: So my grandmother died. The wake is on Thursday and the funeral is on Friday. I've never been to a funeral before and not any Catholic services before. What's expected of me? What can do to help? Or at least not make things worse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 - 32 answers

Business or Pleasure?

I'm about to start a 5 month internship in France, I'm leaving next week, and my visa hasn't been processed yet. What should I tell customs? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Feb 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Do I need a driver's license to re-enter the US from a visit to the UK

Do I need a driver's license to re-enter the US from a visit to the UK? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I get out of the EU without attracting attention to my visa status?

I've overstayed my tourist visa in Europe and need to know the best airport to fly out of. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Jan 31, 2011 - 22 answers

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Missing person at La Guardia?

How to find a family member after a flight arrival? [more inside]
posted by simpleton on Dec 28, 2010 - 28 answers

I CAN TAKE ANY ONE OF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!!! No, wait, I'm just building a cup pyramid.

Australians of Metafilter, I want to hear from you! I've long heard that turning your glass upside down in a bar in Australia is the same as saying you think you could take anyone in the place. For some reason, this idea fascinates me. Is it true? Do people actually do this? What happens when they do? Where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Dec 20, 2010 - 49 answers

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada?

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 16, 2010 - 21 answers

How much questioning should I expect from Canadian officials regarding the purpose of an upcoming business trip?

I will be traveling to Toronto, Canada on business. How much questioning should I expect from Canadian officials regarding the purpose of my visit? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Nov 29, 2010 - 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

Japanese Birthday

Japanese Birthday customs [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Macbook from US into China

I want to buy a Macbook from the Apple website in the US. However, I now live in China. How can I avoid any import/custom fees and taxes when it is shipped... such as by having it shipped to my parents address in the US, then have them ship it to me in my address in China? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Oct 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Tell me about gangster funerals

I'd like descriptions or, fiction about, gang and gangster funerals. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Oct 24, 2010 - 11 answers

After marriage, what is the custom regarding porn use?

Most every man I know uses porn, but in a heterosexual couple, what is customary after marriage regarding porn use? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Oct 11, 2010 - 35 answers

Maybe he just really likes the smell of the ink?

Why would a customs agent smell the pages of a book? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Oct 5, 2010 - 9 answers


What are some great traditions I can start with myself or with my family? Growing up, outside of your standard holidays, my family never had traditions like taking a yearly vacation, making cookies on Sundays, or going to all Notre Dame home games. Now that I am older, I want my own traditions. What traditions did you, your family, or friends have that I should be envious about?
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 24, 2010 - 92 answers

Booklet traffic

How can I cross the Canada-U.S. border with a bunch of zines? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Sep 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Dating Saudi-style

Tell me about flirting, dating and relationship customs in Saudi Arabia. I can't tell if I'm in over my head or just having some cultural miscommunication. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me stop thinking like an American!

What should I know about German customs/behavior/social norms before going there for 10 weeks? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Aug 29, 2010 - 19 answers

"I'm here for the singing ladies, not the numbers stations."

I'm leaving for Bulgaria tomorrow with a bunch of professional radio/recording gear. Kindly lavish me with advice on getting there and back with all my equipment intact. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jul 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Flying from US-->Canada; where's customs?

I'm a U.S. citizen flying from NYC to Canada via Houston: in which airport will I do immigration and customs? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jul 7, 2010 - 9 answers

What's the origin of Spanish-language football announcers shouting "GOOOOOOAL!" ?

What's the origin of Spanish-language football announcers shouting "GOOOOOOAL!" ?
posted by Joe Beese on Jul 2, 2010 - 13 answers

How to import a butterfly to Canada?

Butterfly effects: Do I need a permit to bring a dead butterfly (Morpho cypris) back into Canada? [more inside]
posted by findango on Jun 28, 2010 - 3 answers

Japanese Customs (of the non-social variety)

I may have to hand-carry 50 copies of an English-language business book into Japan next month. I will declare the books to the customs inspector at Narita. Does anyone have experience doing this? Does Japanese Customs only accept cash? Is my lack of Japanese likely to be a problem? Is this a one-stop process, or will I have to collect the books later? Thanks in advance!
posted by quidividi on Apr 26, 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

You too can be "Jew for a Day!"

My wife and I have been invited to a friend's home for a housewarming / Passover celebration. As Christians, we don't know what to expect. Difficulty: we would also like to bring a thank-you / housewarming gift. [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Mar 24, 2010 - 31 answers

How to avoid customs madness?

Help me make a non-disastrous choice on airline tickets to Portugal in relation to customs/connecting flights. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Feb 20, 2010 - 5 answers

USPS International Priority Mail Customs

Mail-Filter: I just mailed a package via Priority Mail from California to Austria without including any completed customs forms. Did I mess up? [more inside]
posted by fook on Feb 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Customs and Immigration in Canada

I'm flying from Boston to Vancouver via Toronto on Air Canada in a couple of weeks. Where can I expect to clear Canadian customs and immigration? Toronto or Vancouver?
posted by taubman on Jan 21, 2010 - 9 answers

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