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    Angry What the blazes is wrong with this picture?

    I sold a watch on the WUS sales forum to a member in Singapore. I posted the watch CONUS only but I thought I'd give an international shipment a try. I'm a sucker for trying new things.

    Anyway, I went to the Post Office and they had me fill out a Customs Declaration form. When the teller saw that the contents was a watch, she went ballistic and told me that watches are restricted to be sent to Singapore. She said no jewelry, coins, precious metals and a whole list of other things I can't recall. I was miffed. I didn't want to send it Fedex cos it would cost more, but what choice did I have. I figured that I would have to let the buyer know and refund his money.

    Instead, I went to another Post Office and I was able to ship the watch no questions asked. Go figure.

    Have any of you ever heard of anything like this? I can understand restricting firearms and hazardous materials but, come on, a watch?

    Next time, I'm going to do my homework before I consider an international shipment.
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    Re: What the blazes is wrong with this picture?

    Maybe the first one had a 'Tin-God Complex'.

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    Re: What the blazes is wrong with this picture?

    As a government employee, nothing surprises me anymore...

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    Re: What the blazes is wrong with this picture?

    The first one was right. The second one was wrong. If you tried insuring and shipping an expensive watch this way and succeeded, you better hope your shipment gets there no problem.

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    Re: What the blazes is wrong with this picture?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty_Shakleford View Post
    As a government employee, nothing surprises me anymore...

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    USPS isn't a government owned agency.

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    Re: What the blazes is wrong with this picture?

    Quote Originally Posted by BreitLight View Post
    USPS isn't a government owned agency.
    USPS is a Government Agency....

    "The United States Postal Service, a corporation-like independent agency with an official monopoly on the delivery of mail in the United States...."

    When mailing watches to Singapore, you can only use Global Express (about $75 bucks for the smallest package).

    Oh, and here's a link to the 1200 page handbook on international shipping....http://about.usps.com/publications/pub141.pdf
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    hm..I've never had a problem shipping to Singapore, and according to my post guide watches are not a restricted or prohibited item. Perhaps it's a restriction applied by the chosen postal service rather than the receiving country.

    Singapore prohibits:


    • Cigarettes
    • Chewing gum
    • Cyclamates, sodium and calcium, items containing
    • Firearms and firearm parts
    • Lottery tickets and advertising
    • Liquor
    • Lucky charms, advertising of
    • Milk, skimmed
    • Obscene articles and publications
    • Postage stamps, fictitious or used
    • Seditious and treasonable materials
    • Tobacco and chewing tobacco.


    Senders should determine import restrictions from Singapore authorities before posting:



    • Animals and animal products
    • Drugs and medicines
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Firearms and firearm parts
    • Grain
    • Hypodermic syringes
    • Meat or meat products
    • Medicines
    • Newspaper, books and magazines
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Poisons
    • Parasites and insect killers
    • Plants and parts of plants
    • Telecommunications and radio communications equipment
    • Weapons and weapon parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    The first one was right. The second one was wrong. If you tried insuring and shipping an expensive watch this way and succeeded, you better hope your shipment gets there no problem.
    What's the logic behind it?

    I mailed a watch Priority International to Dievas for warranty work not long ago. It made there and back with no problems.

    How then should it have been shipped?
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    Re: What the blazes is wrong with this picture?

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennO View Post
    hm..I've never had a problem shipping to Singapore, and according to my post guide watches are not a restricted or prohibited item.
    With USPS, see link (Singapore)

    Prohibitions (130)

    Advertisements for charms, amulets and talismans.
    Arms and firearms and parts thereof.
    Bullion of a value higher than $50 Singapore dollars
    Butane gas lighters and refills therefor.
    Coins except coins for purposes of ornament; banknotes; currency notes; traveler’s checks; securities payable to bearer; precious stones; jewelry; and other valuable articles. However, unmounted precious stones may be sent in registered First-Class Mail International shipments if authorization is obtained from the Postmaster General of Singapore.

    Lotteries and advertisements concerning lotteries.
    And, just under "Insurance" see the notes.
    Coins; banknotes; currency notes, including paper money; securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver; precious stones; jewelry; watches; and other valuable articles are prohibited in Express Mail International shipments to Singapore.
    You can ship with Global Express, at least they are not specifically prohibited, save the $2499 limit.

    Now, you see why US only sales by some people.....
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    Re: What the blazes is wrong with this picture?

    It's no wonder the USPS is running out of money.
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