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guitarchild
06-12-2008, 01:56 PM
hi i wanted to import some components like vacuum tube (2 of them), and other amp buliding material from the usa. the total amount comes to around $250. shipping provided by them is usps.
i wanted to know whether i will be charged import duty or customs duty on my import. please let me know. heres a copy of my BOM. (a bit distorted but managable to read)

please help me out!!!




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Item Options Quantity Remove Amount
150 Eyelets $7.50 USD
150 double tubular turrets $37.50 USD


Belton tube shield - 8 $18.00 USD
Lamp-jewel-blue -2 $4.50 USD

Lamp-marshall-6.3v -1 $9.00 USD
Marshall JMP 22k bias pot. -2 $5.95 USD
Alpha30 Audio: 1M
$9.00 USD
Marshall JCM800/2204. 3.125 x 11.5. Choose board color: Black
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Pot-Alpha8. Value: 25kL
$4.50 USD
Pot-Alpha8. Value: 250kL
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Tubes: JJ EL34, Matched Pair. -2 $27.30 USD
BLANK BOARD MATERIAL. (2W x 6L) Color: Natural,
$3.84 USD

Subtotal: $170.29 USD
Shipping & Handling: $9.75 USD

MohitM
06-12-2008, 03:27 PM
Below $100, the customs don't bother. Above that they may or may not.

USPS is US Postal Service, right? So they will pass on the cargo to India Post. In which case, you have a fair bit of chance of getting it duty free.

debu
06-12-2008, 05:21 PM
@guitarchild: Yes, most probably you will be asked to customs-clear your goods, after paying the duty. This depends on how the party sending the goods marks your package. The duty will be charged on the amount declared by the carrier, so if you request the shop to reduce the amount mentioned, it will help. (This is what I generally do)

Regards,

Debu :)

guitarchild
06-12-2008, 05:37 PM
@debu
do the customs bother to open the packages to cross check the amount and type of item... i mean would they suspect coz my quantity tho not very high is sufficiently gud to catch attention maybe...

can u give me more info on how to go about customs!!!

guitarchild
06-12-2008, 05:46 PM
another thing is that this shop has an offer quote:

"INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING SPECIAL!
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING SAME PRICE AS DOMESTIC FOR ALL ORDERS OVER $200.00!
This means no extra shipping costs for overseas orders over $200.00.
The shipping cost shown in your cart at checkout will be your shipping total!
Promotion runs through May.
Our way of saying thank you to our friends overseas.
Please note: Most orders will ship U.S.P.S. Global Priority. In some cases, depending on product weight, we will need to ship with an alternate service."


and the charge is like $13 for stuff above $200.... so i have to make my cart above $200!!!

debu
06-12-2008, 06:23 PM
@debu
do the customs bother to open the packages to cross check the amount and type of item... i mean would they suspect coz my quantity tho not very high is sufficiently gud to catch attention maybe...

can u give me more info on how to go about customs!!!

@guitarchild: 99% Not, Unless you give them a reason to open your package. Use a customs clearance agent, who will get your package through customs. These guys charge something like Rs.500, and go through all the paperwork and formalities for you.

Regards,

Debu :)

guitarchild
07-26-2008, 10:13 AM
alright i have ordered from a different site... the total cart amount comes to arnd $193.00 ... the shop has shipped the package via U.S.P.S. Global Priority... now i have a few questions regarding the delivery...

1. will the usps people tranfer the stuff over to the indian post?

2. if no one is at my home how will they delver the stuff? will they come again and deliver or will i have to go to my local post office in bandra(w), mumbai and get it?

3. how will i know that the stuff is stuck at the customs?

4. if at all it is stuck at the customs can anyone suggest me some good customs clearance agents here in mumbai preferably near bandra??


???

guitarchild
07-26-2008, 09:14 PM
*buzz*
please reply its a bit urgent!!!

EmbeddedGuy
07-26-2008, 11:58 PM
Hey,
What is the application of Valves. I mean RF or audio application. I like valve thing like radio. I have good collection of radio tube. Like 807 valve for example.
Bye

EmbeddedGuy
07-27-2008, 12:03 AM
You import your parts through private courier firm like DHL, FedEx or any other. My exp. is that if any thing by normal post custom people hold the things and will send you letter, which happen with me. But the same FREE sample when came by DHL or FedEx they do not interrupt.

guitarchild
07-27-2008, 07:15 PM
any more experiences wud be of great help... also please try answering all those questions above :!:

@EmbeddedGuy

well m using tubes for audio applications as mentioned previously !!!
btw how did u go about after they sent u the letter?
and after how long from the shipping date did you get the letter from the customs?
i guess usps global priority takes about 6-10 days for delivery... so lets assume 10 days so if i have to get a letter from those guys at customs then how long will they take to send the letter???
:?:

guitarchild
07-29-2008, 11:12 PM
with great pleading i wud wish if someone cud please reply... its a bit urgent!!!

EmbeddedGuy
07-30-2008, 01:08 AM
What ever experience I had with import I told you. But exactly what you want to know. Tell me your problem may be I can suggest you some thing.

guitarchild
07-30-2008, 04:50 AM
@EmbeddedGuy
1stly thanks for ur reply
alright i have these few questions:

1.how did u go about after they sent u the letter?
and after how long from the shipping date did you get the letter from the customs?
i guess usps global priority takes about 6-10 days for delivery... so lets assume 10 days so if i have to get a letter from those guys at customs then how long will they take to send the letter???

2. how long does the entire procedure take?


3. do i need do employ a clearance agent?

4. there is a customs office in bandra so will the stuff be at tht place and shud i contact them?


well i have few more questions but 1st answer these mmaybe they will nullify the need to answer more questions...

EmbeddedGuy
07-30-2008, 11:15 PM
Send me your email ID.

guitarchild
07-31-2008, 04:16 AM
@EmbeddedGuy


guitarchild AT gmail DOT com


replace the AT with @ and DOT with .

guitarchild
08-01-2008, 05:21 PM
hey embeddedguy can u please mail me the answers!!!

EmbeddedGuy
08-03-2008, 05:21 PM
I already emailed you at guitarchild@gmail.com

guitarchild
08-03-2008, 05:56 PM
hey thanks for the reply... i didnt see it coz it seemed to have gone into the spam mails!!!

thing is mine are not free samples so cant say... besides i still haven't received any intimation from the customs... hope things go smooth!!
:)