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    mako
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    I’ve searched for this topic in the forums and have found quite a bit of useful info. But I’m still a bit confused in relation to my situation. But I’m sure it’s simple to some…all new to me.
    I want to import $950 AUD worth of tea bags from China. I was quoted $1200 USD for air freight and $150 USD for sea freight. I’ll be going with sea freight. My question is what happens when it arrives at port of Melbourne, in regard to clearing customs. I gather I can’t just go and pick it up when it arrives, and need to acquire the services of a a customs clearance company ? Is this true with items under $1000 AUD ? I realise there is no import tax or GST on the item. How much would it cost me to get someone to clear my package through customs ? Any cheap recommendations ?

    * Customs Clearance the heading is meant to be. My bad.

    Thank you

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    TehCamel
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    I’m pretty sure you’d need a customs clearance of some sort
    I would speak to a customs broker – even though you’re only importing <1000 worth, your intent is to do this on a regular basis, so i'd suspect you won't get away with doing regular $950 trasactions..

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    mako I’ll make this simple for you.

    CONTACT CAT

    I spent half an hour on Skype with her today and I have sorted out all of my importing problems that came up from dealing with different freight forwarders.

    Just to give you a ball park I’m bringing in 1 CBM over sea freight and I’m looking at about $500-$600 all up for freight including customs clearance etc.

    She’ll give you the facts though.

    Maclean

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    LucasArthur
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    Hatching_It, post: 183625 wrote:
    mako I’ll make this simple for you.

    CONTACT CAT

    I spent half an hour on Skype with her today and I have sorted out all of my importing problems that came up from dealing with different freight forwarders.

    Just to give you a ball park I’m bringing in 1 CBM over sea freight and I’m looking at about $500-$600 all up for freight including customs clearance etc.

    She’ll give you the facts though.

    Maclean

    Team CAT Woo Hoo.. go Cat…

    Must say, if you engage the right person (▲▲▲▲ team cat▲▲▲▲) your importing life will be bliss.

    The most important thing I advise ANYONE wanting or considering importing is to seek a professional support team from freight, agents, suppliers and NEVER cut corners as this network can break you or make you.. the wrong advice by the wrong freight forwarder can cost you a FORTUNE…. so interview everyone you need and ensure you feel like you can form a long term relationship with that person!

    Just my 2cents worth..

    Good luck
    Jason

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    Chris H
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    mako, post: 183617 wrote:
    I’ve searched for this topic in the forums and have found quite a bit of useful info. But I’m still a bit confused in relation to my situation. But I’m sure it’s simple to some…all new to me.
    I want to import $950 AUD worth of tea bags from China. I was quoted $1200 USD for air freight and $150 USD for sea freight. I’ll be going with sea freight. My question is what happens when it arrives at port of Melbourne, in regard to clearing customs. I gather I can’t just go and pick it up when it arrives, and need to acquire the services of a a customs clearance company ? Is this true with items under $1000 AUD ? I realise there is no import tax or GST on the item. How much would it cost me to get someone to clear my package through customs ? Any cheap recommendations ?

    * Customs Clearance the heading is meant to be. My bad.

    Thank you

    On an order of this size I would be tempted to get a door-to-door price from TNT and DHL, you should be able to get one on their websites. Customs clearance often costs me more than getting goods to the air or sea port.

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    I noticed that you mention the value at $950 AUS as China prices are normally quoted in US dollars and generally invoiced as such, fluncutaion in currency can change enough to put you over the $1000 limit on arrival which would mean GST and duties.

    Cheers

    Pete

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    Cat – GLC
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    Chris H, post: 183635 wrote:
    On an order of this size I would be tempted to get a door-to-door price from TNT and DHL, you should be able to get one on their websites. Customs clearance often costs me more than getting goods to the air or sea port.

    Hi Mako, As Chris said it may be worthwhile getting it as a door to door shipment through TNT/DHL/EMS if the shipment size is quite small.

    Pete (Petemac) would be able to assist if it is a small parcel.

    Also just be aware that there will be import charges once the goods reach the port of Melbourne so the USD150 they have quoted is not the final cost of getting the items into Australia.

    Cheers

    Cat :)

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    Petemac
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    Thanks Cat. If it is door to door via air you seek than it is definitely something I can assist with either express or air cargo so can look at any size. If you want to PM me dimensions, weight & pickup city can give you something to work with.

    Cheers
    Pete

    Cat – GLC, post: 183642 wrote:
    Hi Mako, As Chris said it may be worthwhile getting it as a door to door shipment through TNT/DHL/EMS if the shipment size is quite small.

    Pete (Petemac) would be able to assist if it is a small parcel.

    Also just be aware that there will be import charges once the goods reach the port of Melbourne so the USD150 they have quoted is not the final cost of getting the items into Australia.

    Cheers

    Cat :)

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    mako
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    Petemac, post: 183644 wrote:
    Thanks Cat. If it is door to door via air you seek than it is definitely something I can assist with either express or air cargo so can look at any size. If you want to PM me dimensions, weight & pickup city can give you something to work with.

    Cheers
    Pete

    Thanks Pete,
    I’ll find out size, weight and pick up city and message you.
    Cheers mate

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    Faraaz
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    Hi,
    I am completely junior. I want to bring some sample from other county and I want it to bring it with myself. Samples would be under 1000$ value. still a custom things is needed? I need these samples for marketing purpose and if I can find it proper for the next time I need to freight more items.

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    Petemac
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    Hi, if you mean carry it on you when you fly in then you need to ensure it is accordance with the incoming passenger card, link below. I have put an example of 2 questions on that card that at the very least would effect you. It would be best to have an invoice to show the vaue of goods and would suggest that you get the supplier to put on it Samples Only – invoice for Customs purpose only

    http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/15IPCEngOct12.pdf

    3. Goods obtained overseas or purchased duty and/or tax free in Australia
    with a combined total price of more than AUD$900, including gifts?
    4. Goods/samples for business/commercial use?

    Cheers
    Pete

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    Matt Icon Logistics
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    Hi Mako,

    I hope you are well.

    Please note that some teas require an Import Permit from Quarantine (DAFF). Your normal ‘Black Tea’ does not, however some herbal blends require a permit to be in place prior to the consignment arriving. The permit will detail what the import requirements are including any treatments if required. (Some treatments are expensive). There are also labelling requirements that need to be met for clearance.

    More info on Import Permits and labelling requirements can be found at :

    Herbal Tea not in bags
    http://apps.daff.gov.au/icon32/asp/ex_casecontent.asp?intNodeId=8867894&intCommodityId=922&Types=none&WhichQuery=Go+to+full+text&intSearch=1&LogSessionID=0

    Herbal Tea in bags
    http://apps.daff.gov.au/icon32/asp/ex_casecontent.asp?intNodeId=8929232&intCommodityId=27730&Types=none&WhichQuery=Go+to+full+text&intSearch=1&LogSessionID=0

    Good Luck

    Matt

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    Faraaz
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    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for your advice, I check ICON and it seems for all the ingredients it says from all countries and human consumption. Does it mean I don’t need to apply for permit?

    About treatment, when they ask for treatment?

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    Theguru
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    For small articles I would suggest doing the clearance yourself as it is not terribly difficult. For example, I just bought a guitar from the US valued at more than AUD1000.00, and did the clearance myself. I do live close to Sydney airport where Customs are located though so that helped. Otherwise use a discount broker that specialises in parcel post items like www. e-customs.com.au or wwcf.com.au., who I have both used in the past when things got a bit trickier.

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