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Old January 31st, 2008, 03:56   #1
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f****n customs...

So they deiced to hold my items for "inspection". I ordered some gear (chest rig, dropleg pistol holder, dropmag pouch) and that means i wont have my gear for a game on saturday.. for fucks sake, its gear.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:00   #2
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Do you mean this came from information from Canada Post tracking? If so, that's normal.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:02   #3
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no, its hongkong post (ehobbyasia)
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:03   #4
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Well, then yes, Canada Post.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:05   #5
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so canada post just says every order right now is being held by customs? because the order is taking much longer than it usually does.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:06   #6
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Oh ya? Customs held back our OTV covers. Ducky had to go in personally to clear them lol
God forbid we should import a camouflaged pocket.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:11   #7
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everytime i order from HK inspections take around 1 week to clear...man do they love to admire my gear and accessories. ehh...perhaps they are even "trying it on".
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:17   #8
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:18   #9
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When i order from HK, it only takes 1 sometimes 2 days to clear customs. I would say more than half my packages are open. I'm ONLY charged taxes when it comes from WGC...
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:31   #10
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Pfft, Customs always holds my shipment from Hong Kong. Usually 2-9 days depending on how many hours of light there are, how many times I pee in the morning, and of course, if I jerk off in the First Aid room or not...ya get the idea of how random they are?

Anywho, sometimes it'll go through with no charge (if I get it through Purolator) but usually there's a $20-$40 charge waiting for me

Oh, note for all those who ship often...FUCK UPS...first time and last time
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:35   #11
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Usually one of two things happens to your package: it's either summarily checked, taxed and whatnot (if applicable) and released, usually all within a few hours according to tracking. Otherwise, it's held for inspection, in which case it's opened and scrutinized, and then it usually gets delayed in customs for a few days.

I buy all sorts of stuff on eBay (computer stuff/electronics, photo -related gear, collectibles/trinkets, etc) in addition to airsoft -related materials (internal and external parts, gear), and I've noticed since late last summer or last fall the frequency of inspections increased dramatically. I'd usually only get something held once in a blue moon (usually when stuff got sent via UPS), but now it happens maybe 75% of the time, even for dumb stuff like Deans plugs. And no, I've never had anything seized. (ironically, the airsoft "gun parts"/accessories make up the bulk of the 25% getting waved through).

Edit: I'm going to go on and rant about how I love how they charge a $5 for me having had the privilege of having someone keep my package on a shelf for 4 days and then opening it. The whole process of opening a package, looking at what's inside, shoving it back in the package haphazardly and putting a piece of yellow CBSA tape on the package and a red CBSA stamp... that can't take more than 5 minutes on average. So each inspector can go through say 10 packages an hour. That's about 70 a day, on average, if they work 9 to 5, get half an hour for lunch and a couple of 15 minute breaks. Assuming they get two weeks off per year and the facility is undermanned while someone is on vacation, that's $87,500 per inspector, per year. Even if there were only 100 inspectors (which would be nuts considering how many parcels come into the country), that'd be an extra $8.7M in funding for CBSA, paid directly out of our pockets.

I dunno. If it was just my tax money paying for it, okay. But if you're charging $5 a pop, then at least have the courtesy of processing my package expeditiously. And for fuck's sake, try to repack things a bit more carefully.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:44   #12
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everytime i order from HK inspections take around 1 week to clear...man do they love to admire my gear and accessories. ehh...perhaps they are even "trying it on".
They're sticking it up their ass a few times. Or seeing how far they can stick it up there.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:45   #13
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I don't know if it's luck or what but none of my package (from East/West or South) has been inspected so far. Never !

Hope that PTW go trough the custom (This is a joke, i'm not so dumb today to try it...maybe tomorrow)
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Old January 31st, 2008, 04:49   #14
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Anything I order out of country always goes in for inspection, but is always usually released with in, if not less than 12 hours. But Canada post has been slow as of late, customs as well. Possibly due to the large influx of mail from the passing holiday season.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 06:05   #15
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Oh, note for all those who ship often...FUCK UPS...first time and last time
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