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Whats the "safest" port in the USA to import items to? My suppler allows me to choose any of the 6-8 ports within USA to enter to it seems.

So does anyone know the safest one so to least.
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What are the 6-8 ports of choice?
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Chicago
Los angeles/long beach
Miami
New York
Seattle
Oakland
San Francisco
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All the ports are the same, they use the same procedures and checks on imports. If I were you I would choose the one closest to your location to cut shipping costs.
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My shat comes in through Chicago via EMS and I've never had anything ever seized cept for the one time my supplier sent my shat DHL instead of EMS. I've ordered a lot of shat too.
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Miami is the safest while San Francisco is the worst in my reading of different forums.
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I would pick the closest one to you. and ummmmmmm what supplier is this????
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Depends on whats being shipped some ports have had more stuff detained reguarding what it is than others.

In my personal experiance I have had two packages seized in Chicago.

I have never had anything seized at San Francisco ever and I have had big bulky packages pass through there with no problems.

Im guessing why they pass through there is because of the traffic the port receives. I have heard New York and San Francisco are the busiest so im assuming they are the safest.

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@Gamefreak, Los angeles/long beach, Are you kidding me? Los Angeles is the capital of bootlet and other items, I wouldn't trust Los Angeles with anything I import.

For the West Coast, San Francisco for EMS/US Mail has been good to me.

Now DHL, Long Beach, never fails.
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How's Chicago?
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my port of call. never ha any issue. one box opened but still arrived
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All the ports are the same, they use the same procedures and checks on imports. If I were you I would choose the one closest to your location to cut shipping costs.
I couldnot agree with you any more.All the ports are the same procedures in USA but you could ask your supplier to pack the goods well ,and donot show any brand name on the inner box.
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Never had any issues with my main suppliers just 1 other one that I tried to buy from. First time order was seized!

customs have been inspecting a lot of packages lately.
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I know the VP of China will be visiting the Port of Los Angeles in the next few days. I dont know if that has any affect on customs
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If you read the forums you'll read about some ports being more strict than others, but teedon knows her stuff, so I don't know.
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Teedon hit right on the head with :

"you could ask your supplier to pack the goods well ,and donot show any brand name on the inner box"

The best packaging will usually get through fine, I am sure there are a few lazy custom agents that don't bother to check, especially at 1, 2am when their half asleep.
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