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      Buying from overseas sellers on eBay - who takes care of customs clearance & shipping

      I want to purchase some items from a seller in Asia. This is the first time I’ll be buying from an overseas seller. I wanna know how my items will be shipped and do I need to take care of customs clearance or is it the seller who will take care of everything?? Thnx!
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      As you are planning to buy from an overseas seller on eBay, I want to ask you some questions:

      1. Have you checked whether the eBay seller you are planning to buy from allows international buyers to bid for his/her products? I’m asking this question because there are many eBay sellers who prefer to avoid international shipments. Not only do international shipments require a lot of time and efforts on the part of sellers but also there is a risk of claim from international buyers due to damaged or lost items. Therefore, most people deal with domestic buyers on eBay.

      2. Have you checked whether the items you are planning to buy can be imported into the US? There’s a restriction into the kind of items you can import into the US. For more details on restricted items, you should visit the website of United States Customs and Border Protection.

      Sellers on eBay offer different types of shipping. Some sellers offer you the option to choose how you want to ship your items while some have fixed shipping procedures and shipping companies. So, you should ask the seller what kind of shipping options he offers (most eBay sellers give three options.)

      If you have the option to choose the shipping company, it’s recommended that you should use a trackable shipping service like DHL and UPS. Using a trackable shipping service helps in settling disputes regarding the non-shipment of items through Paypal.

      Some sellers include eBay shipping calculator option in their listings. This calculator helps the buyers find out the shipping cost by entering their zip code and weight of the package. Finding the shipping cost prior to bidding is essential to know the approximate cost of buying the product. If the seller has not given any information about the shipping costs, you should better contact him to get the shipping details.

      For small packages, mail and courier services are good but if the package is very heavy, you could ask the seller to ship it through a truck. You may have to wait for a month or more to get the shipment but the cost of shipping would be low.

      The cost of duties and processing fee is usually not included in the shipping cost. Therefore, you should ask the seller whether the purchase price is inclusive of duties and processing fee. If the duties are not included, you should get an estimate of the duties and processing fee too.
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      I’d like to warn you that the cost of international shipping is very high. You might have to spend around $10 on shipping an item that you bought at $1. Therefore, before you enter into a deal on eBay, you should check the rate at which the item is available in the local market. Only, if after taking the buying cost, shipping cost, and duties into account, you are getting the item at a lower price from abroad you should bid for it.

      Also, before you bid for an item, you should know the shipping cost. Most buyers make the mistake of bidding without knowing the shipping costs, duties, insurance, and processing fee. Once they realize that the total cost of buying the product is way too high, they want to back off.

      Therefore, I’d advise that instead of getting into so many hassles, you should know the total cost of the product before you bid for it. You may contact the seller to know about these costs if it is not mentioned in the listing.

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      What are the factors that affect the cost of international shipping?

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      The cost of international shipping depends on the weight of the package, the location of the seller, the location of the buyer, and the method of shipment. Courier services are the most expensive, and sea freight and truck transportation are the least expensive.

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      Who is responsible for the insurance cost?

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      If the seller has given you a CIF quote, then the cost of insurance will be borne by the seller and in case he has given an FOB quote, then you’ll have to bear the cost of insurance.

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      What are the things that I should take care of while importing items?

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      Ask your sellers to properly pack your items. In international shipping, the packages go through more wear and tear than domestic shipping because the packages go through additional procedures like customs clearance. These packages are also handled by various agencies, which makes them prone to damages.

      The next important thing is that your seller should do all the documentation work properly. Some of the documents that will be required for customs clearance are invoice and Certificate of Origin. If the paperwork is incomplete, then your items may not get customs clearance. Your seller would also be required to fill up form CN 22 or CN 23.

      Ask the seller to clearly give the following information on the package:

      1. Seller’s name and address
      2. Content of the package
      3. Weight of the package
      4. Size of the package
      5. Purchase price of the items
      6. Country of Origin

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      I’d like to tell you that if you are buying from a seller in Asia, make sure that you are buying original products. If the products are counterfeit, they will be seized by the customs.

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