Based in the South Island and spotted something on eBay?
Under-taking another similar on-line transaction ex the U.S?
Got a willing seller teed-up?
By 'willing' we mean co-operative into getting involved in delivering the sale and U.S Customs issues, which are all part of exporting.
Then let’s talk about what else you need to establish before we talk rates/costs.
From our perspective there are five non-negotiable conditions handling eBay, online transactions……..
One: We don’t handle personal effects
Sorry no personal effects, antiques etc.
Car parts, furniture, ride-on’s and the likes are good to go.
Two: It can only move Sea-Freight
Airlines run-a-mile from non-commercial shipments owing to security issues.
Establishing the identity of the shipper, getting them FAA approved is a formal process.
The bar has been set high since September 11th.
Therefore, your eBay purchase has got to be big enough to justify sea-freighting.
0.5 of a cubic metre is probably a starting point.
Three: Generally the Seller/Shipper will need to get it to one of our agents U.S Depots
We don’t pick-up from private residences.
Our agents DGX have receiving terminals in: Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Atlanta
Preferably LAX if you can negotiate it.
Four: To export the goods out of the country we may need to have the shippers EIN#
Is it worth over U.S Dollars 2,500.00?
Well then it’s going to need to have a formal U.S Export Entry completed.
To do this our agents DGX will need the seller/shippers personal Employer Identification Number.
That’s the U.S equivalent of our Inland Revenue number.
Along with ID e.g. a scan of a driver licence.
Is the seller willing to provide both (a.) a form of identification (b.) their Employer Identification Number?
If not, and it’s valued over USD 2,500 it can’t be exported.
Five: Accurate Invoice/Paperwork
eBay automatically provides a commercial invoice showing the value of the cargo.
These vary in descriptiveness.
However, the auction description may not be enough for DGX to issue a U.S Customs classification – known as a ‘Schedule B’
‘Car Parts’ for example wouldn’t cut-the-mustard.
We need a highly accurate description.
The origin of the goods.
Whether it is new or used?
There may-be fumigation involved if it’s second hand and a ‘risk’ product according to N.Z MPI.
Summary: Okay I know what you guys need
I have already established the seller can furnish ALL the necessary U.S Customs details.
Get it delivered to one of those terminals.
Know it’s big enough i.e. over 0.5 cubic metres to justify the cost of it being sea-freighted.
Now I need a quote. .
Then, drop Paul a line with the details (size, weight, accurate description of the goods) .