Shipping to australia..

Discussion in 'Knife Business' started by bladegrinder, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. bladegrinder

    bladegrinder Well-Known Member

    I may have a knife going to Australia, I know their strict on weapons over there but I don't know about knives.
    Anybody have any experience with shipping knives to Down Under?
     
  2. C Craft

    C Craft Well-Known Member

  3. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    I have never had a problem shipping, ahem "kitchen knives" ahem, internationally. Oh man, this cough... ahem.... yeah, "kitchen knives" ahem.
     
  4. EdCaffreyMS

    EdCaffreyMS Forum Owner - Moderator

    I've shipped a number of pieces to the same location, and it's nerve wracking..... not to mention EXPENSIVE. I've lost one knife to customs (confiscated). The lessons I've learned is to be honest on the customs form(s). Also, I make it a point to ask the clients exactly how they want the knives shipped..... and make it clear that the client accepts ALL risks when it comes to shipping, customs fees, tariffs, etc.

    One method of shipping that can be a bit scary, but it seems to be more and more requested...... USPS Priority Mail International. The biggest issue with this method is that once the package leaves USPS custody, the only method of tracking is the customs form. I think clients request this method because the cost of shipping is so much less than UPS or FedX.
     
  5. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    My advice shipping international with USPS is to insure for the sale price of the items, or whatever value you feel you should refund to the customer. Asking them to take a risk is one thing, asking them to lose all of their money on items they paid for and never received is quite another.

    USPS Priority International is by far the least expensive. Just be warned- once it goes onto an airplane the postal service washes their hands of it completely. They will put it on a commercial flight as cargo and once it's airborne they are done with it. Tracking is all you've got.

    I sent some knives to South Korea which evaporated for several weeks. No updates to tracking. No help from USPS because all they do is follow the tracking. They have no control over it until it gets scanned somewhere. The knives turned up as held in customs in Brazil for almost a month. The knives eventually made it to Korea.

    Everyone has at least one shipping horror story, but aside from their 1960s era tracking system and zero sense of ownership, USPS usually does the job well and at a great price. While UPS and FedEx can get something anywhere on the planet in three days rather than 3 weeks, you pay a handsome fee to get anything through customs whereas USPS gets through with no charge.
     
  6. bladegrinder

    bladegrinder Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, we'll see how this proceeds.
     

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