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  Reply # 733864 17-Dec-2012 20:06
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Call me a cynic but...

"New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull said there were no delays with parcels being processed once they arrived at the International Mail Centre near the Auckland Airport."

...one has to wonder if the time taken from arriving at Auckland Airport, until NZ Post gets around to loading up the truck and driving it to the International Mail Centre for sorting is non-trivial.





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  Reply # 734179 18-Dec-2012 10:50
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NzBeagle: I had this occur to me, but I think it was considered in NZ, once it was handed off at the International Processing site in the UK, as it said it was in NZ about the next day after it shipped, which didn't seem feasible.


In the past, I've had parcels from the UK delivered to my door two days after being shipped, so it is possible that a parcel arrived in NZ the next day (not usual, but its happened). I had a postcard I sent in Belgium delivered the next day once (still don't know how that happened!). 




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  Reply # 734219 18-Dec-2012 11:41
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Had an interesting talk with Amazon.com. They are aware of issues with NZ deliveries and of the Herald article about Book Depository delays. Amazon claims that orders are reaching NZ within the normal & expected time-frame (within a week of dispatch) but that they are being delayed once arriving in NZ. 

Given my experience of dealing directly with NZ customs and NZ Post over the parcel for which I started this thread, I believe Amazon. 


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  Reply # 734812 19-Dec-2012 10:42
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Elpie, you are going to love this then:


ETA: that's a note from The Book Depository. I assume the 12000 items will include stuff from other vendors too.

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  Reply # 734824 19-Dec-2012 10:56
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BlueShift: Elpie, you are going to love this then:


ETA: that's a note from The Book Depository. I assume the 12000 items will include stuff from other vendors too.


feel sorry for the poor sorting people - bet they not going to get extra staff to help them with that back log.

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  Reply # 734829 19-Dec-2012 10:59
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That's fine, but do you know exactly who's to blame? The freight company, customs, NZ Post?

That note doesn't explain how it happened.




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  Reply # 734832 19-Dec-2012 11:04
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freitasm: That's fine, but do you know exactly who's to blame? The freight company, customs, NZ Post?

That note doesn't explain how it happened.


look like not nz post or airport but book not getting to nz at all

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10855049

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  Reply # 734835 19-Dec-2012 11:06
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  Reply # 734872 19-Dec-2012 12:04
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It looks as though something has broken down between inbound arrival and the transfer to the international parcels centre.

That said, one of my parcels has been at the parcel centre for a week now with no movement. I had a delivery this morning. One item was tracked and showed it had been sent out for delivery. I called NZ Post about the other (both from Amazon, both sent and arrived on the same day) and they checked with international parcels and confirmed it was still there in Auckland. 15 minutes later both parcels were delivered. 

Update: As I started writing I've just heard that the phone coming from the UK is now MIA. C'est la vie - I am so over NZ Post and international parcels. 

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  Reply # 734874 19-Dec-2012 12:10
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Nothing like walking down to the store and getting the thing there. Oh, wait. It's New Zealand, we can't have all the toys we want.




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  Reply # 735635 20-Dec-2012 16:55
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Elpie: According to the NZ Post staffer I spoke to there is only one customs officer working with them and she is only there a couple of days a week, for between 2-4 hours each time. She said customs was really short-staffed at the moment (have since learned that customs officers are away doing a boat people exercise).  


 

Scheduling a large scale training exercise with Customs Staff for December must be one of the dumbest decisions ever.




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