Shipping To Singapore

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  1. comeaux

    comeaux New Member Silver Stacker

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    I'm shipping an NGC graded gold panda to Singapore ...

    I was just curious as to how secure is shipping to Singapore and should I foresee any issues?

    I've shipped plenty international but not to Singapore yet, also should I declare full value? Mostly buyers request that I do not declare full value. I would want to do what is best for buyer but have not gotten a response yet.

    Thanks in advance ! :)
     
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    sriblo ag47 New Member

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    I ship to Singapore before to my E-bay buyers, and every time they did received my package.
    I had one (first time) buyer from Singapore, he paid for the item, i ship to him his package.
    2 days later he wrote to me, that he forget to put his apartment # with his address on paypal.
    So he gave me his complete address, but the package was already in the air.
    I thought his package would be lost, but to my surprise he did received the package, even there was no apartment number on it. And that time i ship it by regular mail.

    You can read this post from E-bay about shipping to Singapore.
    http://forums.ebay.com.sg/thread.jspa?threadID=500001406

    I would advise to ship by FedEx international. But it can be expensive.
    And please try to avoid using the DHL courier.
     
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    comeaux New Member Silver Stacker

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    Thanks for the response sriblo ag47

    So yea the buyer did not respond and to not take any chances I'm shipping it USPS Priority International with full insurance.

    I have never had any issue on international shipments and don't intend to have any with this package.
     
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    Singapore levies a 7% GST on any numismatic or bullion products exceeding SG$400 coming into the country. That's usually why most buyers will ask you to under delcare the item value.
     
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    I did lose a couple of panda before as the eBay seller ship by normal posting. That y I now wrote to seller that I required register article instead . I rather queue at post office to sign off my bears than to have dishonest postman or neighbor sniping off my pandas. Undeclare is to avoid good and service tax .
     
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    I have posted twice to SG for members here.

    I declare < $100 and use registered international with Aus post.

    No problems yet, SG quite safe unlike Indonesia hahaha.
     
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    Hello comeaux, I ship to Singapore and Indonesia, never had a problem. I always ask for signature on delivery. : )
     
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    I'll remember this one hehehehe
     
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    My Friend ,The only problem with priority international is I dont believe you can get signature on it ,or can you insure it ..........the way i ship but it is damn expensive is usps express ,you can insure, you get a signature and tracking , give you an idea ,I shipped brother yennus a 30 ct panda sheet ,it cost me 56.00 ,but was there in apx 5-7 days,old fashion registered mail is pretty safe ,but slow............. fedx pricey but safe, I guess it depends on the value and comfort level with your buyer,if im under lets say 750 usd, i send registered , over that i like express , just a thought.................................
     
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    comeaux New Member Silver Stacker

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    Thanks for all the advice yall greatly appreciated ! :)

    Yea so like I said earlier since I got no reply from the buyer (until later) so I shipped International Priority Express which I have used several times without issue. The item is not really high value ($375) so hopefully no GST issues for buyer and I was able to insure it with delivery confirmation.

    I honestly prefer Fedex because I have a business account and can ship international express damn near anywhere and it's only from $18 to $25 depending on location and only takes 3 to 4 days for delivery but I usually ship by whatever method is requested. With Fedex I've shipped to Malaysia, Australia and Argentina and always took no longer than 4 days.

    Never had an issue international but was curious about Singapore, since the item is not high value and insured I'm fairly confident it will be alright. I think anything over $1,000 and I will definitely go with USPS Registered.

    Again thanks me droogie's !!! :D
     
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    Just wondering if the seller actually fully declare the sum get those pandas lost in action ?
    Cause i think that in my case , the pandas got stolen because seller declare the full sum and postman snipe off
    or got lose in custom or neighbour eat up my panda ...
    I never have problem with another 2 seller who decide to under-declare to 49.90
    and no one is interested inside the package ( in this 2 case , i never request to under declare at all since it fall well below 300USD )
    Acutally as long as it is trackable and need to sign off at post office , does it matter that it is express ?
    Why need to do insurance as well as i thought this is a flashing signal to tell people the item is expensive which they can just open up the mail , remove the item and put a piece of rock inside ..
    Just my point of view .. :)
     
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    comeaux New Member Silver Stacker

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    Maybe I should fill the package with red back spiders and insure it for $10,000 ! :D



    Disclaimer: This is only a joke ... I would not or do not advocate putting redback spiders in any package.
     
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    I don't like declaring or have packages declared full value either. When I post it people will ask, wtf costs $3000 and is this tiny? Uhhhh. Likewise when I pick up the mail I don't like the package stating BULLION with value of $3000.

    Last time I had an express package delayed by 3 days because the value was $900+.

    Had to call the PO and chase up and they didn't know where it was (I bet stolen) but it showed up after 3 days magically.

    Other times I get packages that are 'valued at $40' really quickly and hassle free.

    Had a guy ship me $7000 of pandas through USPS EMS and he wrote $40 lol. Nobody cared :)
     
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    Too bad for the buyer then ..if it is 375USD :)
    Will get GST impose ..
    Normally anything under 280USD will be safe .. cause (280 USD + 20 USDshipping) * 1.26 exchange rate .. well under 400 Sing dollar :)
     
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    Yea ... agreed this is the only time I declared only because I got no response. Like I said its low value and isured so Im not gonna lose any sleep :)

    I have been shipping to our friend in Argentina with only $25 declare and no probelms
     
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    Another question is since I haven't sold a lot through ebay and never ebay with international package, if I don't insure then how am I protected since ebay requires insurance for over $250 and customs declaration cannot be lower than insurance.
     
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    Wow ... that's good information Lim but sucks for buyer, if he bought it through ebay then seems he would have thought to tell me to claim only $25 as I'm not sure if I should be expected to know GST for over 100 different countries.

    Oh well ... like I said its not a high value item so I'm not worried but hope the buyer gets it safely, seems he should since Singapore is not like I'm shipping it to Ethiopia or Botswana :D
     
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    From my experience, you did the very right thing here, Comeaux. In the past I am lucky to deal with some buyers from the country you posted the coin to, who questioned me on the postage cost because they think I overcharged them by nearly 5 cents. Wow! I suppose every single cent count.

    Btw, few months ago I posted a coin to Seoul and it took only 4 days to arrive. Was posting on Saturday afternoon, and buyer receive it in the morning of following Wednesday.

    Postage cost A$2.50.
     
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    comeaux New Member Silver Stacker

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    Thanks Low yea so I want to be able to ship to almost any country because I am always hearing complaints from buyers who say sellers in US won't ship international. Well I have and will continue to ship international until I have issues and then I may rethink doing so.

    Come to think of it the only issue I ever had was shipping to some toolbag in New York who claimed he did not receive his package even when I had delivery conformation with signature. I said "damn dude I did everything possible except personally fly the damn coin to you and hand deliver it" he eventually "found" the coin. :|
     

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