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How Not to Get Your Haul Seized by Customs (USA + other countries)

Hello everyone!

I’ve seen quite a bit of new posts concerning seizure, methods to not get seized, etc. I would like to try and clear up and confusion about customs seizing parcels and the best method to increase your chances of not getting seized.

USA GUIDE:

First, find out how much each item is in weight. On the shopping agent SuperBuy, you can check this by simply looking next to each item and seeing the estimated weight that is shown.

Next, see if your haul exceeds 6-7kg. If its not, continue to the next step. If it is, then split it how ever many times you need to til both hauls are not above 6-7kg. For example, if your total items in warehouse is 12kg, then ship 2 6kg hauls. You can also put all brands of interest in one package (gucci, lv, brands customs would seize for) and keep all your other lowkey brands that most customs wouldnt know in the other package (assc, bape, off white, golf wang, supreme). Hauls HAVE gotten through above 7kg, but this weight is the best weight for your money for shipping, as the dollar per kg is of less value at higher kgs. This is shown by previous research.

Yay, now its time to ship out your haul(s)! I would use EMS, as it has the highest percentage of not getting seized and is fast (3-5 days for me) and cheap. As you may know, the US tax limit is $800. That means that you can declare your package up to $800 and it will not be taxed. BUT, very recently, China customs have been cracking down on heavy packages (hence why 6-7kg is good) and packages declared ABOVE $130. So, declare a value under $130. It’s weight should be reflective on the value and the contents inside incase of seizure and inspecting, so declare a reasonable value. If your package is 6-7kg, I would declare almost to $130, like $120. If it’s 3-4kg, declare $70. if theres shoes in your package, add $30, so that makes $100. Again, make this declaration value reasonable for the customs inspector incase of opening, and be able to make a list of each items worth to back up your claims.

You will declare your package when you get to the shipping page, there should be a place to put it. I shipped two 7kg parcels, so I declared both at $120.

You’re almost done! Now, when it asks if you want insurance or not, this ONLY covers if your package gets seized/lost in CHINA. Not if your country seizes it. I have seen this get mixed up many times, you will not get reimbursed if you have insurance for a package seized in your country. I usually don’t get insurance. Now for SuperBuy, you can do value added services. What this does is possibly reduce the weight of your parcel to make shipping less (you’ll get refunded after receiving if its less) and make it harder for customs to open. A win-win. Anyways, on SuperBuy, I remove brand tags (not the stitched in tag, the plastic tag that has the price and what not), brand packaging (shoeboxes, plastic bags, etc. Removing shoeboxes helps a LOT for shipping price), and simple packaging (not sure what it does, but it’s good lol). Then if you check the value added services checkmark, you should add moisture barrier bag and plastic film. This makes it less appealing and harder for customs to open, as they have to take the time to cut all of the extra layers. It’s like covering your package in saran wrap 2000 times over.

Great, now it’s time to ship out your package and pay the shipping price! If you followed the steps, you should be well on your way to getting that sweet 1:1 succ from the guangdong warehouse.

ANY OTHER COUNTRY:

First, find out how much each item is in weight. On the shopping agent SuperBuy, you can check this by simply looking next to each item and seeing the estimated weight that is shown.

Next, we need to see if you need to split your haul. This really depends per country. Search in FashionReps for people in the same country and see what they did. I would keep it up to 6-7kg MAXIMUM. If its not, continue to the next step. If it is, then split it how ever many times you need to til both hauls are not above 6-7kg. For example, France is really strict and the tax limit is 22 EUR, so I would ship around 3-4kg MAX per haul for that country, but it changes per country, you just need to search.. You can also put all brands of interest in one package (gucci, lv, brands customs would seize for) and keep all your other lowkey brands that most customs wouldnt know in the other package (assc, bape, off white, golf wang, supreme). Hauls HAVE gotten through above 7kg, but this weight is the best weight for your money for shipping, as the dollar per kg is of less value at higher kgs. This is shown by previous research.

Yay, now its time to ship out your haul(s)! For shipping lines to pick, search in fashionreps your country and what shipping line people use. If you were shipping to France, EMS would be the safest. This varies per country, as well as country tax. Country tax threshold varies per country. Google “[country] parcel import tax threshold” and you should be able to find what yours is. For example, if I’m in France, I can only declare my parcel up to 22 EUR. I would just declare the top value (20 EUR or so for France would be good) and keep your fingers crossed, as theres not much else you can do.

You will declare your package when you get to the shipping page, there should be a place to put it. If you shipped two 7kg parcels, declare both at 20 EUR (if in France)

You’re almost done! Now, when it asks if you want insurance or not, this ONLY covers if your package gets seized/lost in CHINA. Not if your country seizes it. I have seen this get mixed up many times, you will not get reimbursed if you have insurance for a package seized in your country. I usually don’t get insurance. Now for SuperBuy, you can do value added services. What this does is possibly reduce the weight of your parcel to make shipping less (you’ll get refunded after receiving if its less) and make it harder for customs to open. A win-win. Anyways, on SuperBuy, I remove brand tags (not the stitched in tag, the plastic tag that has the price and what not), brand packaging (shoeboxes, plastic bags, etc. Removing shoeboxes helps a LOT for shipping price), and simple packaging (not sure what it does, but it’s good lol). Then if you check the value added services checkmark, you should add moisture barrier bag and plastic film. This makes it less appealing and harder for customs to open, as they have to take the time to cut all of the extra layers. It’s like covering your package in saran wrap 2000 times over.

CONCLUSION:

Great, now it’s time to ship out your package and pay the shipping price! If you followed the steps, you should be well on your way to getting that sweet 1:1 succ from the guangdong warehouse. I hope you enjoyed my guide, spent a lot of time on this. Don’t want y’all losing your succ!

Courtesy of Reddit User u/finnytom, used with permission

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