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  # 466696 8-May-2011 11:21
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Cheers for that, I checked mine and it arrived 3 minutes later than yours, is postal customs open on sunday?

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  # 466716 8-May-2011 12:33
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Ambrose_1: Cheers for that, I checked mine and it arrived 3 minutes later than yours, is postal customs open on sunday?


Just checked my SGSII's status again, and it's now being "Held for clearance" as of 12.13pm. No idea if this is good or bad.




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  # 466718 8-May-2011 12:34
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Spong:
Ambrose_1: Cheers for that, I checked mine and it arrived 3 minutes later than yours, is postal customs open on sunday?


Just checked my SGSII's status again, and it's now being "Held for clearance" as of 12.13pm. No idea if this is good or bad.


Mine arrived this morning at 8.08...not in customs yet, held for clearance usually means customs have intercepted it though Surprised
 




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  # 466727 8-May-2011 13:09
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Last update on the Mobicity phones was at 10:40am. The status shows "Int'l shipment release" and there's a note saying "Package available for clearance". I have no idea whether this means that the phone has been cleared by Customs, or just that it's simply been handed over to them.

Judging by the look of things, this thread is going to be a hotbed of activity tomorrow!

Spong: Just checked my SGSII's status again, and it's now being "Held for clearance" as of 12.13pm. No idea if this is good or bad.


In my experience, this means that you're going to be stung for GST. My condolences. I don't know which is worse: the cost, or they delay it causes.

Hopefully yours us an isolated case, and other phones make it through ok.

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  # 466729 8-May-2011 13:16
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Held for clearance means you'll get GST

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  # 466734 8-May-2011 13:34
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Mines got it as well. I guess they noticed a whole bunch coming through and grabbed them.

How long does it usually take for them to ring and ask for GST?

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  # 466735 8-May-2011 13:36
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nzgeek: Last update on the Mobicity phones was at 10:40am. The status shows "Int'l shipment release" and there's a note saying "Package available for clearance". I have no idea whether this means that the phone has been cleared by Customs, or just that it's simply been handed over to them.


Yeah, mines at that stage.

I keep refreshing the FedEx tracking page hoping for a change :)




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  # 466737 8-May-2011 13:40
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Thanks for the updates chaps. I too get the feeling there will be a lot of 'damn i missed the courier' or 'woohoo i caught the courier' messages across many tech forums tomorrow. Mine was shipped on the 5th so I image Tuesday or Wednesday could be my lucky days. I rang DHL a couple days ago and gave them the go ahead to pay any potential GST on the item straight away. Hopefully they do that.

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  # 466741 8-May-2011 13:46
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Ambrose_1: How long does it usually take for them to ring and ask for GST?


I don't know if they'll ring, or whether they'll send out a letter to the delivery address.

You may be able to speed things up if you know who's handling your package. If it's coming via Royal Mail then it's probably NZ Post. Call them up, talk to a real person, and say that you think you need to pay GST on your incoming package. They can then look up the tracking number and tell you what the procedure is.

I did this a couple of years ago for a package, but can't remember what the process was. I do know that I paid the fees over the phone using my credit card, but I can't remember if NZ Post took care of that, or whether I had to call up Customs. (IIRC, Customs are only open during normal business hours.)

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  # 466747 8-May-2011 14:09
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Ambrose_1: Mines got it as well. I guess they noticed a whole bunch coming through and grabbed them.

How long does it usually take for them to ring and ask for GST?


They usually send a letter and it takes about 1-2 days to get to your place, best option is to ring NZ Post international and get them to give you the NZ tracking number, then ring up Customs, organise to pay it(will possibly take a day or so if this is your first customs item as they need to organise a customs number).  Then pay via credit card and it gets cleared pretty fast :)

Mine hasn't hit customs yet....it's still at the border as of 8.08am :( 




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  # 466748 8-May-2011 14:15
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vinnieg:
Ambrose_1: Mines got it as well. I guess they noticed a whole bunch coming through and grabbed them.

How long does it usually take for them to ring and ask for GST?


They usually send a letter and it takes about 1-2 days to get to your place, best option is to ring NZ Post international and get them to give you the NZ tracking number, then ring up Customs, organise to pay it(will possibly take a day or so if this is your first customs item as they need to organise a customs number).  Then pay via credit card and it gets cleared pretty fast :)

Mine hasn't hit customs yet....it's still at the border as of 8.08am :( 


^^^^

What he said.  First thing Monday get a tracking number, call Customs and you can get the package released over the phone with a credit card.  They might have it that afternoon to you that way. 

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  # 466758 8-May-2011 14:48
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nzgeek:
Ambrose_1: How long does it usually take for them to ring and ask for GST?


I don't know if they'll ring, or whether they'll send out a letter to the delivery address.

You may be able to speed things up if you know who's handling your package. If it's coming via Royal Mail then it's probably NZ Post. Call them up, talk to a real person, and say that you think you need to pay GST on your incoming package. They can then look up the tracking number and tell you what the procedure is.

I did this a couple of years ago for a package, but can't remember what the process was. I do know that I paid the fees over the phone using my credit card, but I can't remember if NZ Post took care of that, or whether I had to call up Customs. (IIRC, Customs are only open during normal business hours.)


I assumed they would ring like Fedex/DHL do.

BLazeD:

What he said.  First thing Monday get a tracking number, call Customs and you can get the package released over the phone with a credit card.  They might have it that afternoon to you that way. 


Presumably a NZ Post tracking number? not the royal mail one I have.

vinnieg:
Mine hasn't hit customs yet....it's still at the border as of 8.08am :( 


You might be the lucky one that slipped through.

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# 466760 8-May-2011 14:55
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FTR Clearing Customs is one of the many things anauthorised distributor in New Zealand would do for you. If you got your phone sent by post & Customs want you to clear the phone yes, first you'll receive a letter from NZ Post through normal post then you'll have to do the clearance or get a an agent to do it (around $50). On top of GST there may be a Customs fee of around NZ$33.00 & the GST of 15%.

Then add a fee for your time getting the phone to work out the true savings. Of course there is no local source as yet you have no choice if you want this phone now.

Just pointing out there's no such thing as a free lunch and to let us all know if they work as expected :-)

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  # 466771 8-May-2011 15:41
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I've paid GST on mine already, hopefully nothing to stand in the way of me collecting it first thing tomorrow morning...




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  # 466775 8-May-2011 15:49
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Ambrose_1: Mines got it as well. I guess they noticed a whole bunch coming through and grabbed them.


They probably grabbed them because of all the dopes who were saying the didnt pay GST on previous imports.

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