FedEx import fees, delayed by 10 days?

Not a complaint here, just interesting. For any of my previous international deliveries, I have been required to pay the import fees/duties before the delivery. I took the delivery of my Brellum watch on 2/19, and there was no fees charged. Today in the mail, I just got the invoice from FedEx. Just surprised that this is how they charge you, after delivery. Anyone else experience this?

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Is this just for high dollar items?

Never. Then again I've never purchased a watch costing $X,XXX from another country and had it shipped here.

Yes, had the same: watch came, invoice a few days later. Seems to be FedEx鈥榮 approach, with DHL I had to pay when picking it up.

Normally, your shipment is withheld by your carrier until it is cleared by customs, that is to say until you paid customs duties. If you picked up the watch, I assume you implicitly acknowledged you would pay the duties.

Right now, I face another interesting issue. The Japanese shop I bought a watch from thought it was a good idea to send the watch and the strap separatly because in certain instances, they experienced that crocodile leather straps were confiscated by customs. Well. No. They double the tracking numbers, DHL/FedEx/whatever app downloads, the emails and I will most likely receive a strapless watch anyway :)

I've had FedEx invoice later as well.

HeikoM71

Yes, had the same: watch came, invoice a few days later. Seems to be FedEx鈥榮 approach, with DHL I had to pay when picking it up.

For me the DHL approach makes more sense. It seems to be in-line with the delivery, meaning as it's in transit, they send you an email asking you to pay online. Super easy way to do this.

Yes, I made a watch purchase from a Japanese seller, FedEx handled customs clearance into the US, and I received an invoice a week or so later in the mailbox from FedEx

Yup, this has happened to me as well. Usually with FedEx. Once when ordering a watch and the other time when ordering a fountain pen from out of country. Import fees invoice arrived via snail mail.

bc6619

For me the DHL approach makes more sense. It seems to be in-line with the delivery, meaning as it's in transit, they send you an email asking you to pay online. Super easy way to do this.

DHL in Germany or at least at my place is doing it a little different: no e-mail, just a card in the mailbox saying they tried to deliver and I have to pick it up鈥 no attempt to deliver as I was at home鈥 I go to the shop to pick the parcel up and have to pay VAT, custom etc. At least, I do not get the parcel if I do not pay鈥

In UK I've found it depends on the carrier, sometimes it's an email before but delivery isn't held back for payment, sometimes delivery is held back, and sometimes they invoice afterwards. And occasionally, bless 'em, you get away with a freebie!

They do it to keep their warehouses clear. They pay the fees on behalf of the importer and then claim it back from you. Usually there will be a limit to the amount of risk they鈥檒l take on. But for express carriers, it鈥檚 worth doing it this way rather than having thousands of shipments sitting, waiting for payment.

Postal services are a bit more risk averse, and want you to pay the fees before they release the goods to you.