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Customs seems to become more strict due to Olympics.
I have had 5 packages seized and never had one seized in the past. Customs seems to be checking out more packages then usual.

I'll be ordering to another country then bringing my items over to UK via my Car :D until the Olympics pass.

So anyone from the UK had packages seized recently?

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Yes,we have 1 package got seized last week and 7 packages got through.

We never have packages got seized to uk before,even we ship a lot each week .So there is only 1 reason ,that is olympics.

We have to stop sending the packages to uk untill olympics game over next year .
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who did you use to send items and where they 'hot' items?
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I would also like to know if they were foo foo??
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Might it depends on the courier company?
I find DHL a lot stronger than EMS
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Cortex I find exactly the same... DHL is a lot safer at the moment than EMS
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But don't you need to pay custom fees for dhl?
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^sometimes you do - just ask your supplier to mark down the item value
i usually only pay about 22 for a very heavy box which is valued at 110

reasonable id say - 3 days to arrive here
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Some suppliers are better then others at sending items without customs seizing them. Even me in USA had a few items seized recently, i think that its higher then normal. I think next time I will use DHL since things are getting tight lately
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i havent had any siezed as I dont sell foo foo, but every parcel - note not flat rate envelopes, has been charged import duties :(
They havent opened my boxes though.
He marks them down also but they still manage to get me
They are also taking longer to get here.
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I have never used DHL shipping company when i purchase from china i always use ems but i will be giving it a go.

I ordered one package from the usa using DHL it arrived pretty fast in 3 days not bad but its just the customs fees i was not happy with.
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DHL is super fast and reliable, but i always get hit with import duties - ask your supplier to mark as something like dress samples, value $20-30.

Not had any problems with EMS lately - last thing was sunglasses!

Although have a few packages coming through this next week so we will have to see!

I agree with Shaddelick...some suppliers are better than others for passing customs.
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^sometimes you do - just ask your supplier to mark down the item value
i usually only pay about 22 for a very heavy box which is valued at 110

reasonable id say - 3 days to arrive here
what happens if we dont pay the vat charges ?i always get my boxes first and next day i receive a letter from DHL that i need to pay VAT charges?
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Reverse in North Am - well Canada at least - DHL is more problematic than EMS.
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GreenLion: From my experience they dont give you the package unless you pay the VAT charges.
You can pay over the phone using a debit card.
VERY rarely can you pay the driver on delivery.
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GreenLion: From my experience they dont give you the package unless you pay the VAT charges.
You can pay over the phone using a debit card.
VERY rarely can you pay the driver on delivery.
Only 1 time they called me and asked me to pay before they deliver my package.
Now i always receive a letter 1-2 days after my package is delivered.

I haven't pay them yet.
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im using fedex now for most of my deliverys from china.so far its very very good.
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is FEDEX cheaper/faster than DHL?
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I think its same price,i dont pay for delivery,my suppliers does.its not as fast as DHL but very easy/clean tracking service. it maybe 1-2 days later than DHL.
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I think its same price,i dont pay for delivery,my suppliers does.its not as fast as DHL but very easy/clean tracking service. it maybe 1-2 days later than DHL.
They will start to hold your packages to the addresses where you do not pay and ask you to pay all the money before they release.

unless you use loads of different names and addresses.

Dhl are good but so are ups
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Using DHL may let you to pay import fee for the packages into UK but the speed is very fast ,sometimes EMS will take more 4-6 days than DHL .

Even you mark the package at 30 pounds,you also need to pay the import dutied sometimes,this have happend to our packages to uk before.So that value should be over 20 pounds and also mark it as samples,that will be better.

Also donot ship the goods from china mainland directly by DHL,keep in mind you should ask your supplier to send the goods from hong kong.I think many people know the reason.
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So if I use DHL it would be safer to the UK?
Can anyone help because I just had a another package seized from EMS. Lost a lot from this.
Any experiences with DHL to the UK from China?

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