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kevintan2    10
kevintan2

As a seller who will be supplying products from the US and Europe, are there any customs problems or pitfalls when shipped ordered items arrive in South Africa?

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Howard Neill    10
Howard Neill

If you use DHL, or similar, they will attend to the Customs formalities prior to delivery to the recipient.

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RISadler    10
RISadler

Customs will convert the stated value to ZAR's, then add VAT and other duties. They DO keep track of who sends and who receives what and they DO open parcels they deem incorrectly marked (usually as "gifts") or suspicious.

 

Probably the largest irritation with customs is their tendency to calculate any dollars as US Dollars. This is a huge hassle when receiving parcels from Australia and New Zealand.

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lilythepink    10
lilythepink

My experience with customs doesn't leave me very confident that they are actually fair. A metal detector which arrived in December from the UK (bought on e-Bay) didn't have any customs duty levied on it. But a birthday gift of a radio control engine from Canada (for hubby) got taxed in August. I sometimes wonder if it's just the luck of the draw who in the customs department actually does the "assessing" of items for duty, or not?

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SProducts    10
SProducts

I agree with Lilythepink, you cannoit confirm customs. It depends on the employee working on the parcel, some parcels with same value and mostly from same sender are charged and some not or charged different amounts.

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