Today it is commonplace to buy all kinds of consumer products on foreign sites, such as iphones, laptops or clothes.
It is true that some products are much cheaper in China, Spain, India or the United States, but sometimes there are a few small drawbacks that you should be aware of before buying abroad …
Whether it is through Ebay, other trading platforms or online shops, once the order is paid, you will have to wait from one to six weeks to be delivered, with sometimes a passage through customs and a painful arrival!
If you are waiting for a parcel from abroad, outside the European Union, here are some elements of the answer to allow you to wait in peace …
Yes, it is true, waiting for a parcel without having any information on its path is a real mental torture. This is what the parcels are used for or “Registered parcel”!
The problem is that you have to choose your mode of dispatch at the time of the order, among several proposals, of the most at least fast:
USPS Express Mail International (EMI)
USPS Priority Mail International
USPS First Class Mail International
The Express parcels are relayed to the French border by Chronopost, while the other two types of shipments are processed by Colissimo. The first one being the fastest and most reliable of course …
The USPS First Class Mail International packages do not have any follow-up or warranty. It is therefore better to avoid this mode of delivery, except for small shipments without value.
USPS Express Mail International
For an Express parcel, count 5 to 10 working days between the date of dispatch and the date of delivery, provided that the shipper has attached all the customs documents in a transparent pouch affixed to the outside of the parcel.
On arrival, the Express parcels are almost systematically verified and taxed by French customs, in particular for any declared value greater than about 250 USD.
Account for 30 to 35% of the market value of your parcel for items corresponding to a VAT rate of 19.6% (VAT + Customs duties + Freight forwarder’s file fee).
Taxes and duties are to be paid at the time of delivery.
Priority Mail International
This shipping mode is a little cheaper than the previous one and also benefits from the tracking service but it is mostly less fast, sometimes see much less fast!
Here, the deadlines are given only as an indication and it will take between 1 and 6 weeks between the time your parcel has been shipped and the one where it will arrive at destination!
Thus, some packages will be delivered in 10 days, others in about 2 weeks and sometimes, some parcels only arrive after one or two months. More rarely, they never arrive or are returned to their sender because of the absence of customs documents …
In addition, as with the Express, you can expect to have to pay taxes and customs duties at the delivery of your international parcel!
To find out where your packages are, you can use the following Web sites, by equipping your tracking number or tracking number: