Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




7 posts

Wannabe Geek


Topic # 232043 26-Mar-2018 23:37
Send private message quote this post

So I ordered a flashlight which has been "held for clearence" at NZ Customs since the 22nd (4 days)


I am positive they are not holding these because I owe duty and tax fees as it is valued just over $100NZD.


On the NZ Post FAQ "The parcel will usually be released within 24 hours if not held for payment of duties or restricted from entry into the country".


Has any one had experience with items being held at customs and how long does it generally take?


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
20911 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4110

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1983890 26-Mar-2018 23:38
Send private message quote this post

Did it ship with a battery thru standard post?





Richard rich.ms



7 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 1983891 26-Mar-2018 23:39
Send private message quote this post

Yeah through standard post (singapore post). The flashlight comes with an 18650 lithium ion battery. could this be the reason that it is being held?


 
 
 
 


Try Wrike: fast, easy, and efficient project collaboration software
20911 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4110

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1983892 26-Mar-2018 23:40
Send private message quote this post

Heard from 2 friends that had things dissappear at the customs stage recently that had 18650s in the parcel, one was a mad vaper so probably got attention for that, the other was just some random electronics. Nothing ever came from it and they got $ back from a dispute.





Richard rich.ms



7 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 1983893 26-Mar-2018 23:42
Send private message quote this post

dammit thats a worry


11055 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3479

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1983898 27-Mar-2018 00:20
Send private message quote this post

richms:

 

Heard from 2 friends that had things dissappear at the customs stage recently that had 18650s in the parcel, one was a mad vaper so probably got attention for that, the other was just some random electronics. Nothing ever came from it and they got $ back from a dispute.

 

 

 

 

Do you mean Customs stole it?






20911 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4110

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1983901 27-Mar-2018 00:26
Send private message quote this post

I was assuming they blocked it for having prohibited items in them. Im also waiting well overdue for some replacement cellphone batteries from aliexpress which everything else ordered on the same day arrived about a week and a half ago. Not supposed to be posted so who knows what they do with them.





Richard rich.ms



7 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 1983908 27-Mar-2018 02:22
Send private message quote this post

richms:

 

I was assuming they blocked it for having prohibited items in them. Im also waiting well overdue for some replacement cellphone batteries from aliexpress which everything else ordered on the same day arrived about a week and a half ago. Not supposed to be posted so who knows what they do with them.

 

 

 

 

Do you mean anything containing lithium ion batteries are prohibited in the normal post?


298 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 56


  Reply # 1983911 27-Mar-2018 03:48
Send private message quote this post

iAmMyOwn:

 

Do you mean anything containing lithium ion batteries are prohibited in the normal post?

 

 

At least it must be declared as dangerous goods. You should read it in their Terms of Transportation.





Nope, English isn't my mother tongue. But that's why I'm here. smile


1471 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 134

Subscriber

  Reply # 1983927 27-Mar-2018 07:11
Send private message quote this post

Easter comming, I'd say the inwards goods at the postal depot is getting rather busy. 

 

Customs can only work as fast as their staff and dogs...  If theres a slow down then potentially lots of suss packages being checked. 

 

Remember they are also looking for bio threats (plants, bugs)....not just drugs and dodgy batterys. I think the checking of contents value is the least of all their concerns (unless they need to get some $$). 

 

:-) 

 

 




7 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 1983936 27-Mar-2018 07:42
Send private message quote this post

iAmMyOwn:

 

richms:

 

I was assuming they blocked it for having prohibited items in them. Im also waiting well overdue for some replacement cellphone batteries from aliexpress which everything else ordered on the same day arrived about a week and a half ago. Not supposed to be posted so who knows what they do with them.

 

 

 

 

Do you mean anything containing lithium ion batteries are prohibited in the normal post?

 

 

 

 

Im sure a flashlight with a lithium ion battery is not prohibited to bring into NZ. Hoping it will be ok


BTR

1444 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 420


  Reply # 1984086 27-Mar-2018 09:44
Send private message quote this post

iAmMyOwn:

 

iAmMyOwn:

 

richms:

 

I was assuming they blocked it for having prohibited items in them. Im also waiting well overdue for some replacement cellphone batteries from aliexpress which everything else ordered on the same day arrived about a week and a half ago. Not supposed to be posted so who knows what they do with them.

 

 

 

 

Do you mean anything containing lithium ion batteries are prohibited in the normal post?

 

 

 

 

Im sure a flashlight with a lithium ion battery is not prohibited to bring into NZ. Hoping it will be ok

 

 

 

 

No but NZ post do not carry items with batteries in them, read their T&C's. 


1754 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 304

Subscriber

  Reply # 1984094 27-Mar-2018 10:00
Send private message quote this post

BTR:

 

No but NZ post do not carry items with batteries in them, read their T&C's. 

 

 

So how do they get on with mobile phones and the like?





Handsome Dan Has Spoken.

111 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 16


  Reply # 1984103 27-Mar-2018 10:15
Send private message quote this post

BTR:

 

No but NZ post do not carry items with batteries in them, read their T&C's. 

 

 

Here that is from NZ Post site, domestic services:

 

Special packaging requirements for sending Lithium-ion (including Lithium-ion polymer) batteries:

 

  • A maximum of 2 batteries, or 4 cells (single cell batteries), maybe contained in equipment per parcel.
  • Each cell or battery must be under a certain power capacity rating:

     

    • Each Lithium-ion cell - maximum 20 Watt-hours.
    • Each Lithium-ion battery - maximum 100 Watt-hours.
      (Batteries for most consumer devices are likely to be under this limit eg. mobile phones, laptops, tablet computers, cameras etc. The Wh rating will be printed on the battery or may be stated in the device manual).
  • The device must be switched off and packaged so that it can not move around or be accidentally activated during transport.
  • The device with battery must be in strong external packaging to withstand a 1.2m drop.

2434 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 246


  Reply # 1984119 27-Mar-2018 10:33
Send private message quote this post

Handsomedan:

 

BTR:

 

No but NZ post do not carry items with batteries in them, read their T&C's. 

 

 

So how do they get on with mobile phones and the like?

 

 

First question asked at postshop nowadays usually "does it have batteries in it" before "how is it packaged" and a big label goes on the side or it is rejected. And sometimes requiring courier upgrade to ensure safe stowage

 

That is however, a lot tighter for domestic sending. Importation is at the hands of not only customs declaring items an offensive weapon, but post (in the same building) allowing it past. Classified under either restricted, or prohibited (where there appears to be a fine line at discretion of inspector based on the item and how the batteries are installed/contained)

 

Which is odd as even using alternate 'battery safe' shippers via Denmark/EU and the likes usually all end up in our 1 port - AKL on possibly the same last-mile planes they try to protect or block arrival of ex China


320 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 128

Subscriber

  Reply # 1984125 27-Mar-2018 10:40
Send private message quote this post

Handsomedan:

 

BTR:

 

No but NZ post do not carry items with batteries in them, read their T&C's. 

 

 

So how do they get on with mobile phones and the like?

 

 

They go by courier not post.


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Opera launches new mobile browser: Opera Touch
Posted 25-Apr-2018 20:45


TCF and Telcos Toughen Up on Scam Callers
Posted 23-Apr-2018 09:39


Amazon launches the International Shopping Experience in the Amazon Shopping App
Posted 19-Apr-2018 08:38


Spark New Zealand and TVNZ to bring coverage of Rugby World Cup 2019
Posted 16-Apr-2018 06:55


How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown
Posted 14-Apr-2018 11:08


How back office transformation drives IRD efficiency
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:15


iPod laws in a smartphone world: will we ever get copyright right?
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:13


Lightbox service using big data and analytics to learn more about customers
Posted 9-Apr-2018 12:11


111 mobile caller location extended to iOS
Posted 6-Apr-2018 13:50


Huawei announces the HUAWEI P20 series
Posted 29-Mar-2018 11:41


Symantec Internet Security Threat Report shows increased endpoint technology risks
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:29


Spark switches on long-range IoT network across New Zealand
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:22


Stuff Pix enters streaming video market
Posted 21-Mar-2018 09:18


Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted 13-Mar-2018 07:47


Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted 11-Mar-2018 12:25



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.