Shipping to Italy and Peru

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  1. Hoolagrin

    Hoolagrin Wheelie Rules! TFW2005 Supporter

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    Anyone know why someone would not ship to Italy or Peru? Are there some weird customs laws? I've got a question from a guy in Lima who wants to bid, but I remember someone saying not to sell to those two countries. Any one have experience on this?
     
  2. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    Italy's postal system has been compared to a black hole. Not sure about Peru. I'd say go for it, but make him pay for Express (NOT Priority) and full insurance.
     
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    Italy doesn't allow non-wood toys to be shipped there. The USPS follows other country's rules and apparently doesn't allow these shipments to Italy. I've never attempted myself but I wouldn't be surprised if, say, Transformers properly labeled on customs get returned or go missing. This is of course in addition to the normal insanity of the Italian postal system.

    Can't say I've heard anything about Peru.
     
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    I think the Mafia must frequent the Italian Postal System. I have lost 3-4packages going to Italy. To even file a lost item claim with the US post office you need to wait 60 days instead of the 30-45 like EVERY other country. Believe me, don't look to ebay or paypal to help you out if it gets lost either. Paypal will just dip back into the account and give the buyer back all their money (including the shipping charges).
     
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    i tried to send something to peru once via EMS and was told unless it is going to the capital Lima you cannot ship EMS....i would avoid both of those countries like the plague unless you like mailing stuff and having your paypal account get raided via "non-receipt" claim several weeks later.
     
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    A rep for canadapost told me that if something get held in italys customs it can sit there for up to 6 months.
     
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    I confirm that italian postal system is a sort of "black hole".
    Packages often disapper without leave any trace...
    also,italian custom does applies insane addictional taxes on overseas parcels.
    for example: a TF that I paid 50usd (comprensive of shipping) from usa,could be costs me 30/40 usd for addictional tax...from 50$ to 90$... totally insane.
     
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    Refused No brain, No pain

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    Well, italian postal service is pure crap, but if you pay attention to a couple of tips (the real problem is the customs service):

    trackable and insured shipping
    fill completely customs declaration forms
    don't use generic description for contents

    you'll be surprised (happily surprised, priority mail in 7 days from new york)

    yunk_nd
    i received tons of tfs from Usa with "plastic toys" on customs declaration forms and zero problems, however i must admit some of mailing prohibitions are incredibly fun or from the common sense:

    Arms and weapons. REALLY? strange....
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    Footwear of any kind. bah..
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    Human remains. strange....
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    Live plants and animals. like other tons of states
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    Parasites and predators of harmful insects. like other....
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    Radioactive materials. damn.....
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    Toys not made wholly of wood. ahahahahah
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    Weapons of any kind and spare parts for them. strange....

    unicronhq
    tnx, so kind words make me proud to be italian and a collector

    hoolagrin
    give to international bidders a bit of confidence and you'll don't be disappointed, a lot of Usa sellers tried and now they ship worldwide
     
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    The only package i've lost in the last 4 years was to Italy, marked "Used Toys" on the package. Funny though, 3 weeks after that I shipped a huge box of transformers there marked "Used Toys" as well and it arrived in about 6 days, no problem.

    As far as Peru is concerned, I heard that their import tax is roughly 45%, I shipped an mib Reflector there and the buyer had to pay over $100 in taxes - he was not amused. :-(
     
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    Can anyone explain to me why these items are prohibited by Peru?
    I can understand Weapons, Radioactive materials etc but these?

    Accessories and personal items.
    Artificial flowers and interior ornaments.
    Ceramic products and imitation jewelry.
    Clothing, accessories, and underwear.
    Drinks manufactured abroad under the brand name “Pisco.”
    Electrical household appliances.
    Footwear, shoes, boots, and accessories.
    Gloves and hosiery.
    Household articles of iron, steel, copper, and aluminum.
    Household linens.
    Perfume products or soaps.
    Playing cards.
    Sound recorders and reproducing devices.
    Textiles and carpets.
    Toys and dolls of all kinds.
    Toys known as “Yoyo Loco” or “Yoyo Chino.”
    Travel articles, suitcases, attache cases, kits, or similar articles.
    Used clothing and shoes.
    Waxes and creams for shoes.
    Wooden utensils.


    Seems a bit extreme:crazy: 
     
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    Sent 3 packages to Peru, and probably 2 or 3 dozen to Italy. No problems.

    Only time I ever had problems with Italy was about 6 years ago when a very large package was held at customs for 2 or 3 months.
     
  13. Hoolagrin

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. The guy is in Lima so I will go for it.


    Refused: I like to keep the overseas TF fans happy. You never know when they can reciprocate. I've sent to France, England, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Chile, and Malaysia.

    Not to mention to our cousins in Canada and Mexico.

    The biggest problem I've had is actually sending something to a board member in Philly. Stupid PO.
     
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    NExt time, feel free to ask to some Italian collector ;-)
    The only international parcels I lost in 5 years of collecting came from billstoysandgames.com, strange...
     
  15. Hoolagrin

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    Well, I would have asked an Italian collector, but I wanted to know about shipping to Italy, not receiving packages in Italy. :wink: 

    But really, thanks everyone.
     
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    Yeah, whatever...sorry your postal system sucks BALLS!
    call a dog a dog...Italy sucks when it comes to delivering international mail.
    deal with it. Paypal gives you 45 days to file a claim....do the math and you will see how easy it would be for a seller to get screwed via non receipt claim.

    Your country, Peru and several others are just not good ideas due to logistical issues and the tyranny of paypal wanting online tracking.....online tracking is not a option for every country in a economical fashion....
     
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    I regularly buy from BBTS with online tracking, it's not that expensive, actually... it's international shipping, you are not sending it a few miles from your home country...
     

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