Interesting Facts about Customs Declarations from US to OZ

Hello Folks,
Thought this might be of interest to some of you procuring parts specifically from the US.
You might have heard that about a year ago, the US Postal Service (USPS), stopped
offering Surface Service to OZ. They now only offer International Priority Service (IPS) or
Express Mail. To you, that translates to nearly 50% more than what it used to cost. The
upside is packages arrive faster. They do not use the slow banana boat anymore just airmail.
Anyway, in their quest to justify the cost of IPS, the USPS limited insurance at no additional.
Seems like a good deal. The hidden agenda seems to me to make shippers more truthful
with their Customs Declarations. The USPS uses the declared value as the insurance valuation.
In other words, if buyer and seller agree to declare a lower amount, the insured value drops
proportionately. Honesty pays in this case in the event your package is lost or damaged.
From my research, US Postal Service is still the least expensive route for small shipments
from US to OZ.
Cheers,

--
BenT
Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are waiting for?
I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to someone,or am I worrying about nothing?

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, BenT Syncro <syncro@...> wrote:
>
> Hello Folks,
>
> Thought this might be of interest to some of you procuring parts
> specifically from the US.
> You might have heard that about a year ago, the US Postal Service (USPS),
> stopped
> offering Surface Service to OZ. They now only offer International Priority
> Service (IPS) or
> Express Mail. To you, that translates to nearly 50% more than what it used
> to cost. The
> upside is packages arrive faster. They do not use the slow banana boat
> anymore just airmail.
>
> Anyway, in their quest to justify the cost of IPS, the USPS limited
> insurance at no additional.
> Seems like a good deal. The hidden agenda seems to me to make shippers more
> truthful
> with their Customs Declarations. The USPS uses the declared value as the
> insurance valuation.
> In other words, if buyer and seller agree to declare a lower amount, the
> insured value drops
> proportionately. Honesty pays in this case in the event your package is lost
> or damaged.
>
> From my research, US Postal Service is still the least expensive route for
> small shipments
> from US to OZ.
>
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> --
> BenT
>
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 1:41 AM, bencroft96 <bencroft96@yahoo.com> wrote:
Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are waiting for?
I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to someone,or am I worrying about nothing?
Ben,
I am obviously not in OZ but might still have information useful to you. It has been my experience US shipments above a certain valuation receive greater attention from the powers that be. If the item is new, they will likely want an invoice from the shipper. From the US side, we are required to complete a detailed customs declaration which is affixed to the parcel.
It is understanding that most shipments are x-rayed coming in and out of the US just as it is to many other countries. I would not be surprised if Australia has the same practice in these uncertain times. You will likely attract less unwanted attention if you ship via the US Postal Service. There are various treaties that govern how each country deals with each other's postal shipments. This is not the case if you use a commercial carrier like UPS, FedEx, or DHL just to name a few. Some customs clearance fees can exceed the value of goods. For this reason I have only used the USPS for anything possibly requiring customs clearance.
Do not be surprised if OZ customs reclassifies your shipment under a different tariff if the invoice is missing or inaccurate. They want their pound of flesh and can issue severe penalties if the shipment is significantly different from the invoice or customs declaration. Don't ask me how I know.
Regards,

--
BenT
Thanks for that Ben,still waiting for reply from supplier.I know that it was sent priority mail??I believe that a customs declaration was sent because the declared contents is accurate.

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, BenT Syncro <syncro@...> wrote:
>
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 1:41 AM, bencroft96 <bencroft96@...> wrote:
>
> > Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that
> > they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My parcel
> > is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
> > There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are waiting
> > for?
> > I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a
> > reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
> > My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the
> > Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the
> > yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for commonly
> > imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since it is Friday
> > night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to someone,or am I
> > worrying about nothing?
>
>
>
> Ben,
>
> I am obviously not in OZ but might still have information useful to you. It
> has been my experience US shipments above a certain valuation receive
> greater attention from the powers that be. If the item is new, they will
> likely want an invoice from the shipper. From the US side, we are required
> to complete a detailed customs declaration which is affixed to the parcel.
>
> It is understanding that most shipments are x-rayed coming in and out of the
> US just as it is to many other countries. I would not be surprised if
> Australia has the same practice in these uncertain times. You will likely
> attract less unwanted attention if you ship via the US Postal Service. There
> are various treaties that govern how each country deals with each other's
> postal shipments. This is not the case if you use a commercial carrier like
> UPS, FedEx, or DHL just to name a few. Some customs clearance fees can
> exceed the value of goods. For this reason I have only used the USPS for
> anything possibly requiring customs clearance.
>
> Do not be surprised if OZ customs reclassifies your shipment under a
> different tariff if the invoice is missing or inaccurate. They want their
> pound of flesh and can issue severe penalties if the shipment is
> significantly different from the invoice or customs declaration. Don't ask
> me how I know.
>
>
> Regards,
>
> --
> BenT
>

Bent/Ben

 

Whatever you do, customs will always get whatever they want----their kilo of your flesh--------I bought my alu drop sites from Mike in Belgium and guess what, to get them here incl the price of the goods was cheap, real cheap against custom’s charges to get them out of the docks in SYD they ferried them across the states capital to have them steam cleaned, 3 pieces of clean metal bundled together with plastic tape. They then charged me tunnel fees as well km charges and fuel surcharge.

In the end it amounted to over $ 1300 !! Not good. hartis

From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of BenT Syncro
Sent: Friday, 29 January 2010 9:15 PM
To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Interesting Facts about Customs Declarations from US to OZ

 

 

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 1:41 AM, bencroft96 <bencroft96@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are waiting for?
I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the  yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to someone,or am I worrying about nothing?

 

 

Ben,

 

I am obviously not in OZ but might still have information useful to you. It has been my experience US shipments above a certain valuation receive greater attention from the powers that be. If the item is new, they will likely want an invoice from the shipper. From the US side, we are required to complete a detailed customs declaration which is affixed to the parcel.

 

It is understanding that most shipments are x-rayed coming in and out of the US just as it is to many other countries. I would not be surprised if Australia has the same practice in these uncertain times. You will likely attract less unwanted attention if you ship via the US Postal Service. There are various treaties that govern how each country deals with each other's postal shipments. This is not the case if you use a commercial carrier like UPS, FedEx, or DHL just to name a few. Some customs clearance fees can exceed the value of goods. For this reason I have only used the USPS for anything possibly requiring customs clearance. 

 

Do not be surprised if OZ customs reclassifies your shipment under a different tariff if the invoice is missing or inaccurate. They want their pound of flesh and can issue severe penalties if the shipment is significantly different from the invoice or customs declaration. Don't ask me how I know.

 

 

Regards,

 
--
BenT

On Jan 29, 2010, at 2:28 AM, "bencroft96" <bencroft96@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Thanks for that Ben,still waiting for reply from supplier.I know
> that it was sent priority mail??I believe that a customs declaration
> was sent because the declared contents is accurate.


Dare I ask what sort of item it is? Is it coming from Berkeley,
California?

BTW, it's 2:30am Friday morning here so unless your vendor keeps van-
pyre hours like me, he/she/it will not likely respond until the sun
comes back up our way.



Cheers,

BenT
Ben,yeah I am not expecting a reply tonight.It is coming from Berkley CA,is that a problem?It is a Decoupler.Is there something I should know?

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, BenT Syncro <syncro@...> wrote:
>
> On Jan 29, 2010, at 2:28 AM, "bencroft96" <bencroft96@...> wrote:
>
> > Thanks for that Ben,still waiting for reply from supplier.I know
> > that it was sent priority mail??I believe that a customs declaration
> > was sent because the declared contents is accurate.
>
>
> Dare I ask what sort of item it is? Is it coming from Berkeley,
> California?
>
> BTW, it's 2:30am Friday morning here so unless your vendor keeps van-
> pyre hours like me, he/she/it will not likely respond until the sun
> comes back up our way.
>
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> BenT
>
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 2:51 AM, bencroft96 <bencroft96@yahoo.com> wrote:
Ben,yeah I am not expecting a reply tonight.It is coming from Berkley CA,is that a problem?It is a Decoupler.Is there something I should know?
No problem, Ben. I asked in case it was someone I knew. Florian is a personal friend.
Berkeley is just across the San Francisco Bay from me. Even closer via phone call. It's
a local call if you want me ask him to check his email. He has also joined this group at
my behest. If he doesn't respond to you by the time I awake sometime today ;-) I will be
happy give him a shout out.
--
BenT
That would be great.Thankyou

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, BenT Syncro <syncro@...> wrote:
>
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 2:51 AM, bencroft96 <bencroft96@...> wrote:
>
> > Ben,yeah I am not expecting a reply tonight.It is coming from Berkley CA,is
> > that a problem?It is a Decoupler.Is there something I should know?
> >
>
> No problem, Ben. I asked in case it was someone I knew. Florian is a
> personal friend.
> Berkeley is just across the San Francisco Bay from me. Even closer via phone
> call. It's
> a local call if you want me ask him to check his email. He has also joined
> this group at
> my behest. If he doesn't respond to you by the time I awake sometime today
> ;-) I will be
> happy give him a shout out.
>
> --
> BenT
>
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:10 AM, bencroft96 <bencroft96@yahoo.com> wrote:
That would be great.Thankyou
No worries. I better get some Zzz's soon if I am to get ahold of Florian before the weekend.
Cheers,
--
BenT
Have you upset your brother lately?



> bencroft96 <bencroft96@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that
> they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My
> parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
> There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are
> waiting for?
> I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a
> reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
> My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the
> Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the
> yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for
> commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since
> it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to
> someone,or am I worrying about nothing?
>
> --- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, BenT Syncro <syncro@...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hello Folks,
> >
> > Thought this might be of interest to some of you procuring parts
> > specifically from the US.
> > You might have heard that about a year ago, the US Postal Service
> (USPS),
> > stopped
> > offering Surface Service to OZ. They now only offer International
> Priority
> > Service (IPS) or
> > Express Mail. To you, that translates to nearly 50% more than what it
> used
> > to cost. The
> > upside is packages arrive faster. They do not use the slow banana boat
> > anymore just airmail.
> >
> > Anyway, in their quest to justify the cost of IPS, the USPS limited
> > insurance at no additional.
> > Seems like a good deal. The hidden agenda seems to me to make shippers
> more
> > truthful
> > with their Customs Declarations. The USPS uses the declared value as
> the
> > insurance valuation.
> > In other words, if buyer and seller agree to declare a lower amount,
> the
> > insured value drops
> > proportionately. Honesty pays in this case in the event your package
> is lost
> > or damaged.
> >
> > From my research, US Postal Service is still the least expensive route
> for
> > small shipments
> > from US to OZ.
> >
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > --
> > BenT
> >
Officer Dave,is on the frontline of our borders stopping people who cant speak english trying to bring in an apple,have you seen him on Border Security?'These guys look sus,better search them'he says.
He tells me though that they probably want proof of payment.

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, plander@... wrote:
>
> Have you upset your brother lately?
>
>
>
> > bencroft96 <bencroft96@...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that
> > they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My
> > parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
> > There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are
> > waiting for?
> > I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a
> > reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
> > My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the
> > Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the
> > yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for
> > commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since
> > it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to
> > someone,or am I worrying about nothing?
> >
> > --- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, BenT Syncro <syncro@>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > Hello Folks,
> > >
> > > Thought this might be of interest to some of you procuring parts
> > > specifically from the US.
> > > You might have heard that about a year ago, the US Postal Service
> > (USPS),
> > > stopped
> > > offering Surface Service to OZ. They now only offer International
> > Priority
> > > Service (IPS) or
> > > Express Mail. To you, that translates to nearly 50% more than what it
> > used
> > > to cost. The
> > > upside is packages arrive faster. They do not use the slow banana boat
> > > anymore just airmail.
> > >
> > > Anyway, in their quest to justify the cost of IPS, the USPS limited
> > > insurance at no additional.
> > > Seems like a good deal. The hidden agenda seems to me to make shippers
> > more
> > > truthful
> > > with their Customs Declarations. The USPS uses the declared value as
> > the
> > > insurance valuation.
> > > In other words, if buyer and seller agree to declare a lower amount,
> > the
> > > insured value drops
> > > proportionately. Honesty pays in this case in the event your package
> > is lost
> > > or damaged.
> > >
> > > From my research, US Postal Service is still the least expensive route
> > for
> > > small shipments
> > > from US to OZ.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Cheers,
> > >
> > > --
> > > BenT
> > >
>
Officer Dave doesn't fine them enough so you will have to make up the shortfall.

(I wonder how many members are understanding this joke?)



> bencroft96 <bencroft96@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> Officer Dave,is on the frontline of our borders stopping people who cant
> speak english trying to bring in an apple,have you seen him on Border
> Security?'These guys look sus,better search them'he says.
> He tells me though that they probably want proof of payment.
>
> --- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, plander@... wrote:
> >
> > Have you upset your brother lately?
> >
> >
> >
> > > bencroft96 <bencroft96@...> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating
> that
> > > they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My
>
> > > parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming
> AUD).
> > > There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are
> > > waiting for?
> > > I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a
>
> > > reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
> > > My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the
> > > Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and
> the
> > > yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for
> > > commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car
> parts.Since
> > > it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak
> to
> > > someone,or am I worrying about nothing?
> > >
> > > --- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, BenT Syncro <syncro@>
> > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hello Folks,
> > > >
> > > > Thought this might be of interest to some of you procuring parts
> > > > specifically from the US.
> > > > You might have heard that about a year ago, the US Postal Service
> > > (USPS),
> > > > stopped
> > > > offering Surface Service to OZ. They now only offer International
> > > Priority
> > > > Service (IPS) or
> > > > Express Mail. To you, that translates to nearly 50% more than what
> it
> > > used
> > > > to cost. The
> > > > upside is packages arrive faster. They do not use the slow banana
> boat
> > > > anymore just airmail.
> > > >
> > > > Anyway, in their quest to justify the cost of IPS, the USPS
> limited
> > > > insurance at no additional.
> > > > Seems like a good deal. The hidden agenda seems to me to make
> shippers
> > > more
> > > > truthful
> > > > with their Customs Declarations. The USPS uses the declared value
> as
> > > the
> > > > insurance valuation.
> > > > In other words, if buyer and seller agree to declare a lower
> amount,
> > > the
> > > > insured value drops
> > > > proportionately. Honesty pays in this case in the event your
> package
> > > is lost
> > > > or damaged.
> > > >
> > > > From my research, US Postal Service is still the least expensive
> route
> > > for
> > > > small shipments
> > > > from US to OZ.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Cheers,
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > BenT
> > > >
> >
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:10 AM, bencroft96 <bencroft96@yahoo.com> wrote:
That would be great.Thankyou
Hello Ben,
Sorry for the late reply. I did manage to remember to call Florian. The bad news is he did not
include an invoice in the box. However, he said he can send you one via email when he gets
home this evening. It was about 3:20pm when I reached him. He said he should be home in
about two hours and will attend to it as soon as possible.
--
BenT
Hi everyone,

I got Bens message and pmailed him already.
Please, if anyone of you needs to contact me urgently about orders, send your emails to my order address at decouplers@gmail.com
This email gets hundreds of mails a day and I may miss your message. Or even better, just call me!

Thank you
Florian
Ben, don't worry, it is all standard with importing anything over $1000AUD. You can do the customs clearance yourself rather than pay an agent.

Usually it is the customs fee plus the GST on the goods and some paperwork then they send it on. The lack of invoice would slow things down but as soon as you send the relevant docs and money of course, they send on the goods.

Gary
[2 0 / 2 1 Design]
28 Gwynne St
Richmond
Vic 3121
gary@twentytwentyone.net
www.twentytwentyone.net
Tel 3 9429 1868
Fax 3 9421 1110
Mob 0417 352782

On 29/01/2010, at 8:41 PM, bencroft96 wrote:

 

Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are waiting for?
I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to someone,or am I worrying about nothing?

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia @yahoogroups. com, BenT Syncro <syncro@...> wrote:
>
> Hello Folks,
>
> Thought this might be of interest to some of you procuring parts
> specifically from the US.
> You might have heard that about a year ago, the US Postal Service (USPS),
> stopped
> offering Surface Service to OZ. They now only offer International Priority
> Service (IPS) or
> Express Mail. To you, that translates to nearly 50% more than what it used
> to cost. The
> upside is packages arrive faster. They do not use the slow banana boat
> anymore just airmail.
>
> Anyway, in their quest to justify the cost of IPS, the USPS limited
> insurance at no additional.
> Seems like a good deal. The hidden agenda seems to me to make shippers more
> truthful
> with their Customs Declarations. The USPS uses the declared value as the
> insurance valuation.
> In other words, if buyer and seller agree to declare a lower amount, the
> insured value drops
> proportionately. Honesty pays in this case in the event your package is lost
> or damaged.
>
> From my research, US Postal Service is still the least expensive route for
> small shipments
> from US to OZ.
>
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> --
> BenT
>


Ben,
 
Understandably US sellers think/buy/sell in US dollars. So a customs declaration on a package sent from USA to Oz would only show US dollar value of the enclosed goods and the package would only show US dollar shipping costs.
 
Goods entering Australia are free of import duty (GST) up to a combined value of goods AND shipping cost of $AU1000. Over that, duty and the customs processing fee may be charged. You may get lucky with customs non-vigilance, you may not.
 
So in your case, as the combined value of your incoming package is declared at $US1000 plus showing $US shipping cost, then that is why your parcel has been delayed at entry so as to collect import duty calculated on a converted combined value in AU dollars. To do that, they first need an authentic sales invoice for confirmation. No enclosed invoice is a bit of a worry eh.
 
So after Customs calculate combined goods/shipping GST plus their processing fee, you get to pick up the tab for the lot. I'm guessing in your case, say an extra $AU150 - $AU170 plus all the bureaucratic processing minefield, inconvenience and delay.
 
Stung buyers subsequently should try to figure out how best in future to arrange with overseas suppliers to work with combined values of no more than $AU1000 per item. Maybe items can be split to reduce declared values, but that may be offset by additional shipping costs. It's a juggling exercise. In any event and to be on the safe side, best to first subtract in AU dollars the shipping value of the item, the residue from $AU1000 when converted to US dollars becomes the maximum possible duty free declared value of the enclosed goods, give or take a bit for varying exchange rates and err on the side of caution.
 
No doubt efforts are made to be "creative", though this needs planning/co-operation/understanding between buyers and sellers.
I'd like to think accommodating such concerns of Oz buyers by US sellers, may well exponentially increase buyer interest. Sellers?
Cheers.
Ken 
 
   
 

To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
From: bencroft96@yahoo.com
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:41:24 +0000
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Interesting Facts about Customs Declarations from US to OZ

 
Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are waiting for?
I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to someone,or am I worrying about nothing?

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia @yahoogroups. com, BenT Syncro <syncro@...> wrote:
>
> Hello Folks,
>
> Thought this might be of interest to some of you procuring parts
> specifically from the US.
> You might have heard that about a year ago, the US Postal Service (USPS),
> stopped
> offering Surface Service to OZ. They now only offer International Priority
> Service (IPS) or
> Express Mail. To you, that translates to nearly 50% more than what it used
> to cost. The
> upside is packages arrive faster. They do not use the slow banana boat
> anymore just airmail.
>
> Anyway, in their quest to justify the cost of IPS, the USPS limited
> insurance at no additional.
> Seems like a good deal. The hidden agenda seems to me to make shippers more
> truthful
> with their Customs Declarations. The USPS uses the declared value as the
> insurance valuation.
> In other words, if buyer and seller agree to declare a lower amount, the
> insured value drops
> proportionately. Honesty pays in this case in the event your package is lost
> or damaged.
>
> From my research, US Postal Service is still the least expensive route for
> small shipments
> from US to OZ.
>
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> --
> BenT
>




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Yeah thanx everyone.Florian has been in contact with me.
Looks like the government wants more of my money.

--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, Ken Garratt <unclekenz@...> wrote:
>
>
> Ben,
>
>
>
> Understandably US sellers think/buy/sell in US dollars. So a customs declaration on a package sent from USA to Oz would only show US dollar value of the enclosed goods and the package would only show US dollar shipping costs.
>
>
>
> Goods entering Australia are free of import duty (GST) up to a combined value of goods AND shipping cost of $AU1000. Over that, duty and the customs processing fee may be charged. You may get lucky with customs non-vigilance, you may not.
>
>
>
> So in your case, as the combined value of your incoming package is declared at $US1000 plus showing $US shipping cost, then that is why your parcel has been delayed at entry so as to collect import duty calculated on a converted combined value in AU dollars. To do that, they first need an authentic sales invoice for confirmation. No enclosed invoice is a bit of a worry eh.
>
>
>
> So after Customs calculate combined goods/shipping GST plus their processing fee, you get to pick up the tab for the lot. I'm guessing in your case, say an extra $AU150 - $AU170 plus all the bureaucratic processing minefield, inconvenience and delay.
>
>
>
> Stung buyers subsequently should try to figure out how best in future to arrange with overseas suppliers to work with combined values of no more than $AU1000 per item. Maybe items can be split to reduce declared values, but that may be offset by additional shipping costs. It's a juggling exercise. In any event and to be on the safe side, best to first subtract in AU dollars the shipping value of the item, the residue from $AU1000 when converted to US dollars becomes the maximum possible duty free declared value of the enclosed goods, give or take a bit for varying exchange rates and err on the side of caution.
>
>
>
> No doubt efforts are made to be "creative", though this needs planning/co-operation/understanding between buyers and sellers.
>
> I'd like to think accommodating such concerns of Oz buyers by US sellers, may well exponentially increase buyer interest. Sellers?
>
> Cheers.
>
> Ken
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> From: bencroft96@...
> Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 09:41:24 +0000
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Interesting Facts about Customs Declarations from US to OZ
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi group,I received a letter from Australian customs today, stating that they are holding my goods till they get the relevant info from me.My parcel is from the States.The declared value is 1000(I am assuming AUD).
> There is a Customs processing fee of $48.85 is this what they are waiting for?
> I am waiting for a reply email from the supplier to see if he sent a reciept in the parcel,and if it was in US or AUD.
> My question to the Aussie group members is have anyone recieved the Australian Post letter,stating that Customs needs relevant info,and the yellow Customs letter(very confusing) with the "short tariff - for commonly imported goods' that doesnt say anything about car parts.Since it is Friday night,I will have to wait till Monday to try to speak to someone,or am I worrying about nothing?
>
> --- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, BenT Syncro <syncro@> wrote:
> >
> > Hello Folks,
> >
> > Thought this might be of interest to some of you procuring parts
> > specifically from the US.
> > You might have heard that about a year ago, the US Postal Service (USPS),
> > stopped
> > offering Surface Service to OZ. They now only offer International Priority
> > Service (IPS) or
> > Express Mail. To you, that translates to nearly 50% more than what it used
> > to cost. The
> > upside is packages arrive faster. They do not use the slow banana boat
> > anymore just airmail.
> >
> > Anyway, in their quest to justify the cost of IPS, the USPS limited
> > insurance at no additional.
> > Seems like a good deal. The hidden agenda seems to me to make shippers more
> > truthful
> > with their Customs Declarations. The USPS uses the declared value as the
> > insurance valuation.
> > In other words, if buyer and seller agree to declare a lower amount, the
> > insured value drops
> > proportionately. Honesty pays in this case in the event your package is lost
> > or damaged.
> >
> > From my research, US Postal Service is still the least expensive route for
> > small shipments
> > from US to OZ.
> >
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > --
> > BenT
> >
>
>
>
>
>
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Has anyone used this stuff ?     http://www.lobucrod.com/

Or is there a similar product available here. I have been using Formshield Foam which is 12mm, 15mm or 25mm thick with Aluminium on one side. Seems OK.

Any thoughts

Bruce

PS I wrote to the bloke mentioned in the Ad, Shane, and he reckons it is pretty good stuff.
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On 01/02/2010, at 10:18 PM, Alison & Bruce Black wrote:

 

Hello All

Has anyone used this stuff ?     http://www.lobucrod .com/

Or is there a similar product available here. I have been using Formshield Foam which is 12mm, 15mm or 25mm thick with Aluminium on one side. Seems OK.

Any thoughts

Bruce

PS I wrote to the bloke mentioned in the Ad, Shane, and he reckons it is pretty good stuff.