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Topic # 151111 14-Aug-2014 11:01
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My daughter recently bought a new stethoscope from a US supplier, and then had NZ Post’s YouShop service send it on to us … no problem there.

The parcel arrived today, and along the top was some tape saying “ … le Opened by USA war …”.  No objections to the contents being inspected, but what was is the full message?  I assume the first letters ‘le’  are the end of ‘article’, but what could the last three be part of viz. ‘war’?  There is a partial next letter showing and is curved, so not another ‘r’ to mean ‘warrant’ … and in any case if a search warrant was involved, under US law a copy must accompany the released item.  Certainly not ‘warning’, so what other appropriate words begin ‘war’?

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  Reply # 1108212 14-Aug-2014 11:03
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war -> warehouse ??

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  Reply # 1108215 14-Aug-2014 11:08
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I too thought warehouse, but I'd have expected an appelation before it, e.g. Customs Warehouse or Inspection Warehouse?


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  Reply # 1108217 14-Aug-2014 11:10
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It's warehouse, I've had it before. They open it to see if they can repack to save space/cost.

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  Reply # 1108223 14-Aug-2014 11:19
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That seems a little odd since the package fits snuggly into the mailing envelope, and depicts the size clearly.

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  Reply # 1108233 14-Aug-2014 11:29
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I have now seen YouShop's statement regarding 'repacking', and they definitely refer to 'Warehouse' a lot laughing.

I will assume that this is their sealing tape after perhaps removing outer packaging/cardboard box?  The original mailing envelope, I now see has been sliced along one side.

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  Reply # 1108276 14-Aug-2014 12:07
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They check to see if it can be repacked to save you money on shipping from USA to NZ

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  Reply # 1108286 14-Aug-2014 12:22
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I've had everything recently opened.  I suspect that they don't believe you  when the item  has a low value..



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  Reply # 1108368 14-Aug-2014 13:19
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I don't think it's for repacking. They can (potentially) figure that out based on the weight and volume, certainly they know if the volumetric weight is far greater than the actual weight. If it's not, no point, and by the sounds of it this item would be in that category.

Also, they don't (shouldn't?) care if you declare that an item has a low value, that's Customs' area of interest. In fact, it's better for them since there's less liability. However, I suppose, maybe NZ Post have a deal with Customs so things get fast tracked on the understanding that some of these things are checked at the youshop warehouse.

I think it's more likely they open most items to ensure there are no restricted items being sent.

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