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    Eye opening experience with International shipping

    I ordered a leather strap from Primria in Hong Kong. I like his straps a lot. Affordable but they look good and are thick. I've had 2 shipped to me before with no delay in customs. This last one was shipped about 7 weeks ago and has sat at customs in NY for 6 of those weeks. I called and was told that it is sitting there waiting to be evaluated by customs. They said it could sit there 2 days or 6 months and made no apologies about it. I may never get it, who knows.

    Now, I really don't care too much about when I get my $50 strap. But imagine if it were a $6000 Rolex? Thankfully this experience was with an inexpensive item. I don't think I will ever buy a watch internationally again.

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    Re: Eye opening experience with International shipping

    Can’t speak for U.S. customs obviously but they might have played it a little cautious until they had assured themselves that the leather wasn’t from a species that was prohibited in the states. An expensive watch is much more clear cut.
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    Re: Eye opening experience with International shipping

    I had the same thing happen with a Speedmaster from Chile. Got here eventually. Took over a month though.
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    Yeah, that's what I thought as well. The USPS lady I spoke to said it was sitting there waiting for inspection indefinitely. The customs form allows one to specify what type of leather it is, but I am sure they spot check ones that say cow leather to make sure. A 10k watch with a leather strap could be subject to the same. Maybe watches that are all stainless steel would have fewer problems.
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    Can’t speak for U.S. customs obviously but they might have played it a little cautious until they had assured themselves that the leather wasn’t from a species that was prohibited in the states. An expensive watch is much more clear cut.
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    Re: Eye opening experience with International shipping

    I recently bought a watch internationally and while I didn't have much of a delay in delivery, but the customs and shipping fees can add significant cost overall.

    My $2.5K watch cost me almost an extra $500 in shipping and customs fees. Because it was a rare watch I paid it but I will think twice next time.


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    Re: Eye opening experience with International shipping

    If the forms are filled out correctly and the taxes are paid when it is sent, then it usually goes straight through. Of course that also costs more money, so often when it is a lower price item this doesn't get done.
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