NZ Import Tutorial - Want to import your next Detector but not sure how? - Cost calculator Included (1 Viewer)

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Hey guys, there’s a lot of discussion at the moment about importing RD’s due to the Uniden shortage down here in the southern hemisphere. Other times it’s just more cost effective to shop abroad. I thought I’d share how I do it. It’s nothing special, no one showed me through this process, but after 3 or 4 imports I have it nailed down, and thought this might be useful.

So….

First thing I did, I made a YouShop account/membership, at the NZ Post website. It's free to enroll, and they give you US and UK address you can have your items sent to if the seller wont ship to NZ. Took me less than 5 minutes. Once you have this you can go shopping right away.

Once your package arrives at that address(warehouse) you receive an email from YouShop stating that they have a package of yours, At this point you need to log into you YouShop Account and update the parcel details, what they are after is the value of the package, Do this IMMEDIATELY, your package stops moving until this is done!

Once YouShop know the value, they will access the cost to bring this down to NZ, they may even repack it for you to save on freight costs, and very soon you will receive another email saying and there will be a small freight charge to bring in to NZ. I call this “YouShop Freight”. Pay this IMMEDIATELY, your package stops moving until this is paid!

After about 5-10 days you’ll receive another email stating that your goods have reached NZ. If the landed cost is less than $400.00nz, then your goods will be sent straight out to you, you’ll pay no brokering fees, no GST, and none of the duty. You could have your package in 2-3 days after arriving in NZ at no extra cost.

However, if the landed cost of your goods exceed $400.00 then you’re going to have to pay to have it clear customs. YouShop will tell you this in the email you receive from them stating your goods have arrived.

In this situation you get 2 options, YouShop will offer you their brokerage services to clear the goods, or you are advised that you can use your own broker, and then you are directed to contact CustomsNZ to have this arranged. I don’t muck around at this point, because that package of mine is now sitting still until I sort this step out, so if I want my goods without delay I need to act fast. So i reply to YouShop asking them to act as broker, and I attach 3 documents to this email. Do this next step Immediately, exactly as I say, or you’ll get into an email exchange with YouShop that just chews up time.

To clear your goods, YouShop usually ask you for these 3 documents,

1. Original Purchase Invoice, or online receipt. This must show that you paid for it, so it must contain your name, and at least part of the CC number, or other payment proof.

2. The YouShop freight receipt that came in the email after you paid them to bring it in. I just send them a PDF copy of that email.

3. Screen shot of my internet banking page showing that the funds came from my personal account, not a business account. This matters because businesses don’t qualify for the $400 waiver, only private purchases apply.

I usually have these documents ready, even stored on my phone so I can email them back within 5 minutes of the YouShop notification email. Do this IMMEDIATELY, your package stops moving until this is sorted.

Within 24 hours you’ll receive an email, and that’s the bill for your clearance fee’s. It will contain a document called “First Notice”, in there is all the fee’s you pay to customs, and a bank account and reference number for the payment. Pay this IMMEDIATELY, your package stops moving until this is paid!

Within 24hrs of making the payment your goods will be put on a courier and delivered to you. This import process is referred to as "freight forwarding". It's carried out millions of times a day all over the world, commerce would halt without it.

OK, so it’s not as bad as all that sounds, once you understand the steps you can do each stage in just minutes. A lot of times the delay with customs clearance is that the buyer(me) acts to slow or doesn’t understand things. If you know the steps you can drive the process, rather than waiting to be asked for documentary evidence.. just send it!

Throughout the process you’ll make 3 payments, 1st payment of course when you buy the goods, 2nd is when you pay YouShop to bring it down to NZ, 3rd payment is to CustomsNZ if your goods exceed $400nzd.

It’s nice to know the cost of all this before you start spending. So I made up a little spreadsheet to help me with this. I usually have it open while making my purchases too, helps me work out whether I should buy abroad, or buy locally. And lately, I don’t buy anything without consulting my spread sheet.

This sheet converts the USD to NZD for me, it will calculate the approximate YouShop Freight for me, it automatically adds the $6 high value surcharge that YouShop add if its worth over $250nzd. It adds the brokerage fee, the GST and Customs Duties if required. The sheet is attached below, its protected so hopefully new excel users can’t mess it up. Basically you just populate the yellow cells, you can’t change anything else. The final calculation is made by adding the 3 red values in the far right column to get the total. There are 2 tables side by side so you can make comparisons as you shop.

I really do understand this process, I’ve bought in 4 RD’s and saved money everytime. If you want help understanding the costs just sing out, ….here if you need help.

Enjoy

Update: 25/06/2018 Spreadsheet Revision
 

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This is very useful @Tseven007 . Thank you for taking the time to writeup!

Possibly the admins could consider stickying it?

Also, I may add while most vendors will not ship overseas, there are a couple on here who do second hand deals. @chakeubeam and @rahul1023 have been helpful in the past, and shipped directly to me.
 

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This is very useful @Tseven007 . Thank you for taking the time to writeup!

Possibly the admins could consider stickying it?

Also, I may add while most vendors will not ship overseas, there are a couple on here who do second hand deals. @chakeubeam and @rahul1023 have been helpful in the past, and shipped directly to me.
%100 Agree. Direct to you is always best! i haven't had the opportunity to purchase from within the forum yet but i will definitely go that way when presented with an opportunity.

I'm not suggesting any one do anything illegal.. but if you purchase it from within here, you could have it removed from original package before sending... you know where i'm heading with that... hehe ;)

Sticky... yes, i thought the same but didn't want to promote myself, so thanks. It would be a shame if this thread disappeared down the page never to be seen again, that'll help no one :)
 

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And @dudeinnz ...

That in itself leads into a very important topic... Making and receiving personal payments when buying and selling abroad.

How are you doing that, credit-cards? Paypal? Western Union? What's the best method? ... What do the guys in the US seem to preferr?
 

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And @dudeinnz ...

That in itself leads into a very important topic... Making and receiving personal payments when buying and selling abroad.

How are you doing that, credit-cards? Paypal? Western Union? What's the best method? ... What do the guys in the US seem to preferr?
Paypal: family and friends. Trust is a factor. But I think I have spent well over $1000 with both @rahul1023 and @chakeubeam

You pay the fees about 10-30 NZD depending on the payment you are making.
 

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That sounds easy enough, I have Paypal set up already so i'm good to go. :)
 

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Regarding dudeinnz post above: I've had to deal with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from guys on here and I've never second guessed it. Biggest transaction I've done was nearly $1000 US and I was not worried. RDF is a special place. We all trust each other and really don't second guess much. Friends and family is the best way to do it; you only spend what it's worth
 
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Thanks for taking the time to do this btw, I'm are some of your points are similar to us Canadians importing detectors from the states
 

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Good info Tseven.
 

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Ive sold to lots of people on this forum in person and otherwise. I would never rip off anyone knowing that I have been before. It sucks. I know a couple of people on here that can be trusted outright without any hesitation and @chakeubeam & @dudeinnz are just 2 fine examples. If anybody needs anything shipped overseas, please let me know and I'll do my best.
 

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If anybody needs anything shipped overseas, please let me know and I'll do my best.
That is a really nice offer. Some type of contact on the States side that would act as freight forwarder would be good. If our only option was to buy new from a website, it would be handy to be able to have it sent to another forum member, that could strip it out of its original packaging, and just throw on USPS. Acting as a discount freight forwarder so to speak.
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That is a really nice offer. Some type of contact on the States side that would act as freight forwarder would be good. If our only option was to buy new from a website, it would be handy to be able to have it sent to another forum member, that could strip it out of its original packaging, and just throw on USPS. Acting as a discount freight forwarder so to speak.
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I’m always open to helping. Just PM me specifics on what you need


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The tax savings would be great. I'd gladly pay a service fee for someone to do that. Cover time, trouble etc.
 

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Very helpful ,thanks

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For those of you considering having either Rebelradar (@chakeubeam) or myself ship overseas. We are both in different Geographic areas of the U.S. so whether or not it arrives sooner or later may be a consideration you may want to make. I am in the Philadelphia, PA area (Very close to BRD) and my packages will typically be routed through NYC (JFK) International Shipping Center. Whereas RebelRadar is in the San Antonio, TX area.
 
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Anyone interested, My father lives 8 months NZ 4 months US every year for the last 10. Warm temp chaser and retired lol. Upside is have lots of US contacts that are happy to repackage and send birthday packages lol.
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looks like my recent USA order has passed through YouShop and cleared customs with no additional NZ charges. I have been using YouShop USA since it started, not without my fair share of massive issues. Dealing with YouShop can either be very easy or very hard there is absolutely no happy medium. I probably have an 80/20 success rate with these guys, the 20% bit is the hard bit so when dealing with YouShop be prepared for a possible bumpy ride.

lots of my items ship to YouShop with no paperwork or just a delivery note, leaving the user to state the declared value, remember not to include any US shipping to YouShop.

if you can possible avoid using YouShop and have a private individual in the USA forward your package its by far the best way to go. Especially when it comes to the paperwork.

Another service I use out of the UK is parcel2go but you need a family member or friend in the UK as the point of collection. The good thing about this service is your in control of who you choose to pick up the item and also in control of the customs declaration paperwork that needs to be printed off and added to the parcel before pick up.

There is some hidden meaning in that lot.....word of the day is Dyscalculia not quite the same as dyslexia, but similar.... google it, and know me before you judge me LOL.
 

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