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Slippery Jim

Anyone have experience with forwarding services?

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Do any of the esteemed SnowJapan members have experience with package forwarding services, specifically for skis? Any recommendations? experience with the MyUS outfit? others?
There are some exceptional deals available these days, but specific things I'm after all carry shipping-to-Japan charges of USD150-180, which seems excessive.
Thanks for any information any of you can provide.

 

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I have used a UK one before - not for skis, something less heavy. It worked well, but it was very expensive. They wouldn't do a cheaper version that took longer because they requested the insurance part.

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Do those folks include custom charges in their charges?  Or are they slapped on extra?

Sometimes wondered about using something like that but always just seems too expensive when I have looked.

 

 

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The ones I've looked into all make it clear that you are responsible for any customs, taxes, etc. 
When I've had things shipped directly in the past, it's been hit/miss on customs duty, but when I've had to pay it's been pretty reasonable. 

Funny aside: The last time I had a pair of skis shipped to me, I received an e-mail from the Yokohama Customs office questioning the shipment value. Turned out the person who took care of the shipment put a value of USD 1 on the customs form, and YC didn't think that was accurate (tho the skis were obviously used). I told them how much I'd actually paid, but they asked me to get an e-mail from the shipper to back up my story. The person was very apologetic, saying he thought it would save me from paying any duty, and sent me a formal valuation e-mail immediately, which I then forwarded to YC, and my skis were delivered two days later -- with no customs charge. 

 

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