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Old 04-10-2019, 07:54 PM   #261
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You gave me a heart attack! No ,not at the moment at least for my pincode to BLR. Have you ordered two items, one sold by Amz and other fulfilled by Amz? in which case,combined shipping won't work sometime..

It's already quite a mess with parcel arriving after 45 days since the dispatch and to make it worse ,it's carrying customs duty; Received a BD today (German digibook of AOP13) worth €30 incl of shipping and at ~40% duty, I was asked to pay the duty amount of 950 Rupees.
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No. Definitely not for standard shipping. What you are saying has always been true for expedited shipping


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Did Amazon UK double its shipping charges and add an import fee deposit?
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:12 AM   #263
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Just a heads up if anybody already does or intends to ship internationally:

I recently sent a bluray to US. Those who've bought from me on here will know that I pack the blus well with lots of bubblewrap, which was the case in this instance as well. As it turns out, when the package was received, it had been opened at Customs, the bubblewrap completely removed and bluray then put back into the envelope just by itself and so clumsily sellotaped back up. The disc itself was fine but the slipcase had been damaged. Fortunately for me, the buyer coincidently turned out to be a fellow cinephile friend off facebook so there wasn't too much of a hassle, but this might be something to keep in mind for those that want to ship overseas. I've sent blus overseas before with no hassles, but this was the first time it was opened as such.
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:18 AM   #264
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At my local head post office , any parcel going out of India should be packed infront of postal official who will inspect at that time and gives his sign off if that item is eligible to 'export' with mandatory value declaration.
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Old 04-11-2019, 10:25 AM   #265
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You gave me a heart attack! No ,not at the moment at least for my pincode to BLR. Have you ordered two items, one sold by Amz and other fulfilled by Amz? in which case,combined shipping won't work sometime..
Happened when tried one sold by Amazon and one fulflled by Amz. But I think same thing happened even when I tried only the sold by Amz iitem - it only showed Global Standard and Global Expedited as the shipping options. Only with the FBA item alone, it showed the usual Standard shipping.
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Old 04-30-2019, 08:53 PM   #266
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Looks like every other parcel scanned at foreign post office are incurring Import duty . Last four orders from Amazon sent through std airmail by various shipping carriers arrived with import duty!
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^Last parcel I got from AmzUK couple weeks ago contained two blu's, no duty charged.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:16 AM   #268
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Good to know about it ravenus..

I received 3 parcel today from the orders I made on Amz (all shipped through std airmail carrier) ,luckily no import duty! I am not sure if those earlier ones were due to some customs audit but hope we don't go through this hassle again.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:11 AM   #269
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Wow. Looks like DHL stings you pretty hard when it does.

I ordered the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy boxset and 300's sequel in 3D. The invoice value, shipping included, was just short of 14 Pounds. And DHL came up with a bill of 1730 rupees. They are literally demanding about 130% of the original bill value.

I am trying to negotiate with Amazon UK, but no luck yet. They are apologetic and stuff but aren't offering the refund just yet. Also, it looks like the chat option's gone and e-mail's the way to go, which slows down the process significantly.
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Wow. Looks like DHL stings you pretty hard when it does.

I ordered the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy boxset and 300's sequel in 3D. The invoice value, shipping included, was just short of 14 Pounds. And DHL came up with a bill of 1730 rupees. They are literally demanding about 130% of the original bill value.

I am trying to negotiate with Amazon UK, but no luck yet. They are apologetic and stuff but aren't offering the refund just yet. Also, it looks like the chat option's gone and e-mail's the way to go, which slows down the process significantly.
An update on this... so, they didn't budge. Returning it now. This indeed is a huge pain in the neck.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:28 PM   #271
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They didn't even agree to refund the 590rs "handling charge" from DHL? That's bollocks on their part.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:25 PM   #272
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They didn't even agree to refund the 590rs "handling charge" from DHL? That's bollocks on their part.
Nope. Not one single rupee.

The people who handled the mails didn't seem to get the point about DHL's charges and were explaining that imports tend to carry duties and that they can't do anything about it.

They kept assuring me that they'd make changes in their system to avoid any such instances in the future, though. I, for one, am convinced that it means nothing.
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Another package with 3 titles, shipped via Royal Mail, came in yesterday without any duties. It took 10 days to arrive.
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Old 05-28-2019, 09:26 AM   #274
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Customs caught hold of a package of mine which came via Royal Mail. Order value was about 23 GBP and I was slapped with ~1100 INR for duties. Pretty much 50%. Out of six recent orders shipped via Royal Mail, four have come in without any duties and this is the fifth one. The last one is yet to be delivered. Fingers crossed for that!
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I’ve noticed some people here trying to figure out how to calculate the final customs amount. I figured it out after I got hit with customs duty for 3-4 Blu-ray packages from Amazon UK earlier this month.
Somehow in June my packages got through customs at no charge, I think it depends totally on luck whether it gets through for free or not. 3 of my packages ordered in July weren’t delivered for around 40 days, then suddenly my postman popped up with them along with a customs duty bill, so I figured it was stuck in customs. The approx customs charge per package via Royal Mail was around 50%. I have figured the calculation process on how they charge people and I will try to explain how it’s done so you’ll can calculate for future purposes.
  • The exchange rate for 1 is 87.2₹ (That’s the customs own pound rate)
  • Say example your package value is 46.06 (final total amount paid on Amazon UK including shipping + handling, this is also printed on the packaging box address label)
  • Take Package Value 46.06 multiply x 87.2 (The Customs Pound Rate) = 4016.432₹
  • CIF Value = FOB* 1.22 (This was written on my Customs Duty Bill. It means - The customs value or the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value is the actual value of the goods when they are shipped.) You have to multiply converted package value 4016.432₹ x 1.2234 = 4913.70₹ (this is called your assessable value)
  • For Basic Customs Duty Charge take the difference when you minus 10% basic customs duty rate from 4914 assessable value = 491.4₹ (always round up the number so it’s 491₹)
  • For Social Welfare Charge take the difference when you minus 10% from 491₹ Basic Customs Duty Charge = 49₹
  • Now add “package value 4914₹ + basic customs duty 491₹ + social welfare charge 49₹” = 5454
  • For IGST amount multiply 5454 x 28% = 1527₹
  • After getting IGST amount of 1527₹ add Basic Customs Duty 491₹ and Social Welfare Charge 49₹ = 2067₹
  • Take 2067₹ and add 30₹ postal fee = 2097₹ (This is your final duty amount to be paid)

Hope you’ll understood the process but this is how their bill was listed and how I calculated it. I’m sure you’ll are better in math (haha) and I’m sure you’ll could figure simpler ways to calculate. I did the same calculation method for all my packages and the duties turned out to be 99% right. In short expect around 50-52% custom fees. Hope this helps. If you’ll know any tips and tricks to avoid customs please share. I’ve been ordering from Amazon US (priority prepaid customs etc) which is around 60-90% extra per item. While through Amazon UK, lately I’ve been getting charged by customs, however if I choose priority shipping which usually arrives in 7-10 days max, it turns out to be around 1000rs difference. Amazon Priority shipping (DHL/UPS) while compared to Royal Mail your getting it within 10 days guaranteed with tracking and piece of mind. Recently I’ve been getting delayed orders via Royal Mail and 50/50% chance of it getting hit by customs or even a fear of it getting lost. So I’d recommend you do the customs calculation I’ve posted for Royal Post first and then compare the difference with Amazon Priority shipping’s final checkout price and figure if the time and hassle is worth it for yourself.

Cheers

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