Shop and Ship is a mail forwarding service that redirects parcels from the US, UK and China to your home address.
Q. How do join SnS and what are the charges applicable?
You can join at their site - Shop and Ship
Registration charges are $45, but you can register for $5 if by using a promotional code. Try this USD5983402. If it does not work simply send a message to shop and ship's twitter a/c and they will give you one.
Q. How do I make a purchase?
First of all read their online FAQ and List of unacceptable items to see if the items you want to purchase are allowed or not.
You can make a purchase from any US/UK/China website (those like Amazon recommend, and sometimes online sellers may not ship to a mail forwarding service). Just enter the address as described in the sns site when you check out. Note that there may be other procedures to follow when making and order from China, it is recommended to talk with the sns cc before you make one.
Q. What are the shipping charges applicable and how can I pay it?
Shipping is currently charged at the following rates. Be sure to confirm this with the website as it may change in the future.
First 500 gms - $10
Incremental 500 gms - $8 each
Customs, service tax etc. are extra.
Q. I made an order using the SnS addres and paid, what do I do now?
After ordering and item through the vendor's site, email the invoice and tracking no. to email@example.com. Shop and Ship will handle the rest and inform you via email when they receive the parcel. From here on it is automatically redirected and delivered to your house, and SnS will contact for any clarifications about customs. You can also track the parcel through their site.
Q. What are the chances of being charged by customs and is there any way to avoid it?
All imports have a chance of being charged by the customs and sns will call and confirm the same with you before they pay and clear it. They always tries to pass parcels through customs as duty free gift, but the experience of users here shows how well it goes depends on your luck. (some users received their items as duty free while others who made the same order around the same time were charged)
Generally smaller and cheaper parcels have a higher chance of passing them.
Q. What are the customs rates for the items I just ordered?
Use the list below as a guide (it can change). You can send a message to the sns cc through their site to confirm the rates before making the order.
NOT UPDATED TO REFLECT THE RECENT BUDGET YET
Video game console - 26.85%
Console games - 26.85%
Monitor - 15.3%
HD TV (LCD, LED, Plasma) - 26.85%
Laptops/iPad - 14.71%
Laptop battery - 26.85%
Mobile Phones - 2.3%
iPod - 26.85%
Digital Camera - 26.85%
Graphics Card - 15.03%
Speakers - 26.85%
Headsets - 26.85%
Blurays - 26.85%
Apparels - 26.85%
Books -duty free
Shop and Ship
List of unacceptable items
Edited by Noctis, 24 May 2013 - 06:40 PM.