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Receiving Parcels--Customs Duties and Procedures

  • hsoa

    Joined Travelfish
    12th June, 2010
    Posts: 22

    Are the authorities rigorous about customs duties and procedures related to receiving goods from overseas via the postal system in Vietnam?

    I would like to have a single pair of shoes mailed to me in HCMC. They will be new, made of leather and plastic/rubber/synthetic materials (Dr Marten's brand), and for personal use. The sender will be an individual and not a company or shop. I suppose that I will have then sent to the GPO. (Would it be better to address the package to a guest house?)

    Does anyone have any experience with "importing" goods in this manner? I know that some countries have high duties on leather products. Companies that send products internationally often include the customs duties in the total price. I have had goods sent by private individuals go through without any charges in countries with high duties on leather goods.

    What is the situation in Vietnam?

    Also, in the case of the receiver not wanting to pay any duties, what happens to the goods? Are they sent back to the original sender or are they disposed of?

    (And while we are at it--can Dr Martens be found in big sizes and reasonable prices in HCMC??)

    Any help will be appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 23/4/2011 - 15:10

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  • daawgon

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    Here's a similar question about Mail Surveillance from the Newhanoian

    #2 Posted: 2/5/2011 - 00:33

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