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#1 DaLittleEd

Posted 13 August 2019 - 04:20 PM

I am considering ordering something from the US that doesn't ship here. Was wondering if anyone has any tips on using freight forwarding?

#2 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:11 PM

I can ask DH, he has used a few. Remind me though, brain like a sieve!

#3 DaLittleEd

Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:19 PM

Thanks!

#4 JoanJett

Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:31 PM

HopShopGo is reliable.  I've used it for years.  It's based in Oregon, so you don't pay US taxes, but now, you get slugged with the GST....

There are plenty of other options (Australia Post even has one) - check if the one you choose is volume or weight based, and if it's volume, make sure they have a repacking option, as it can significantly reduce shipping costs.

Also, make sure they sort out the GST that is now payable on low value goods so you don't have to.

#5 DaLittleEd

Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:35 PM

Bugger, I had forgotten about GST. This could end up being more expensive then I thought....

#6 JoanJett

Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:46 PM

Not to mention the crap rate of AUD to USD right now.....

#7 Lifesgood

Posted 13 August 2019 - 06:48 PM

View PostDaLittleEd, on 13 August 2019 - 04:20 PM, said:

I am considering ordering something from the US that doesn't ship here. Was wondering if anyone has any tips on using freight forwarding?
Yes I use this service and they have been good:
https://www.myus.com/

Yes you will get hit with GST plus shipping costs plus FX charges depending on your bank/credit card.

In the last year or so I have stopped ordering much of anything from the US as it has become much less competitive. I've found the UK/Europe better.

#8 DaLittleEd

Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:22 PM

Hmmmm....I am after a speciality item from a us manufacturer. It's also probably going to be an awkward size and shape, but not to heavy.

I think this could be a pipe dream. Or maybe I just need to find someone travelling to the U.S. who will have extra baggage allowance on the way home!

#9 JoanJett

Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:46 PM

Or maybe go yourself?!!!

If you have any friends of friends of friends in the US, there are also companies that specialise in low volume "slow shipment".  You usually need a few items to make it worthwhile and it will take 3 months vs 3 weeks compared with onward freighting like the ones mentioned upthread.  If that's an option, I would have to examine the deep depths of my memory and perhaps my email cache to remember the ones we have used for multiple past international moves.

#10 Coffeegirl

Posted 13 August 2019 - 07:54 PM

View PostJoanJett, on 13 August 2019 - 06:31 PM, said:

HopShopGo is reliable.  I've used it for years.  It's based in Oregon, so you don't pay US taxes, but now, you get slugged with the GST....

There are plenty of other options (Australia Post even has one) - check if the one you choose is volume or weight based, and if it's volume, make sure they have a repacking option, as it can significantly reduce shipping costs.

Also, make sure they sort out the GST that is now payable on low value goods so you don't have to.

Hop shop go used to be reliable and quick but my last few deliveries were slow to arrive, even after I paid the extra for expedited shipping.     Their response was to give me a credit in their H$G dollars.   I had to remind them that I didn’t pay in H$G so my refund should be cold hard cash thank you!

#11 DaLittleEd

Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:22 PM

Yeah, I think that freight forwarding would still be considerably cheaper than going myself!!

I might looking into this slow shipment thing though.

Or maybe I should just be realistic and buy the locally available option?

#12 Orangecake

Posted 14 August 2019 - 11:26 AM

I used myus.com recently for shoes that were unavailable here. It was quick and easy. Even with the extra charges, freight and bad exchange it was still slightly less than buying similar here.

#13 DaLittleEd

Posted 14 August 2019 - 09:30 PM

Update - I got the package weight and dimensions from the manufacturer then put them into various freight forwarding estimators. Very expensive!

Then I found an almost as good local version much cheaper.




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