Shipping from Japan to the US: Customs charges?

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  1. Chauvalito

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    Hello all,
    I dont know if many of you have shipped anything from japan, but I have 2 rackets on their way and am a little concerned about the whole customs process. They were sent through Japan Post express mail by a fellow TW poster who was kind enough to get the rackets for me.

    Does anyone know if there are customs/handling charges?

    If so, how do i find out about them?

    How do I pay them?

    From the tracking information, the rackets left Tokyo on December 28th. shipping is estimated to take 7 to 10 days.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Bump.......
     
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    I do the international business and get stuff from Japan all the time. The custom usually randomly pick the packages and check what's inside. If that's the case, you MIGHT have to pay for some duty taxes when the packages are delivered. Chances are less than 5% as far as my experiences goes for more than 7 years.
     
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  4. Chauvalito

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    Shintan,

    Thanks for the reply. Do you know how customs charges the buyer? Do they contact the person who shipped the rackets or me, the person to which the products are addressed.

    I only ask because my contact who shipped me the rackets will only be there temporarily.

    Thanks
     
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    What they did to me was...they just stuck the custom document on the package and when the mailman came to delivery it, he asked me for the amount I owe to the custom, so I just wrote a check.

    So yeah, it's the addresser who will be responsible for the tax.
     
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  6. Chauvalito

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    Thanks again for your help.

    That will work just fine if they come to the door and ask for payment.

    Last question: When the Japan post/EMS package gets to the states, who is responsible for delivering it, UPS, DHL, or USPS, or some other shipping company.
     
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    It's the USPS.
     
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    Thanks again, and I actually forgot, i have one more question.

    Does the EMS tracking number also work with USPS tracking?

    I keep checking the EMS tracking but all it says is that it left tokyo on the 28th. I would assume that by now the racket would be in the states.
     
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    It works in the USPS website.

    If you want the latest update, you can also go to the Japanese postal service website below.

    http://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/ems/index_en.html

    Hope that helps!
     
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    Thanks shintan,

    This is the site that I have been visiting to check progress. I am getting slightly worried because the last entry is for the 28th, with departure from tokyo on the 28th of december, after which there are no entries.

    And it is January 6th today, so I was expecting atleast an entry stating that the package was in the US
     
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    Wow...that's weird...The EMS shouldn't take more than 4-5 business days. It's as quick as 2-3 days sometimes even from Japan.

    Hope you get the package soon. Yeah, I would worry a bit too, if it took that long.
     
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    The only thing I can think of that would delay the progress of the package is the recent new year and holidays.

    Also, someone told me that the Japanese holiday can last from the 28th to January 3rd. Even so, I am still concerned.
     
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  13. Chauvalito

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    Yep, I just checked a website...many companies stay closed until january 3rd, i dont know if this includes Japan post.

    The 3rd was thursday, so at best the package may have only moved for the 4th and 5th...yeah, so hopefully next week sometime.
     
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  14. Chauvalito

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    Rackets have yet to show up...how could they lose a package that big, I mean its not a letter.

    Its going to take a while to get over this...brand new discontinued Volkl C7's, they were like getting some PT 630's for me.
     
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    Update

    The rackets arrived about 3 weeks ago, after 2 months of waiting and a few mishaps. Apparently the address was not recognozed so the rackets came all the way to the US and got sent back. They arrived the second time around.

    The racket is currently at the stringer, and I hope to hit with it this weekend.
     
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