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Old Jan 19th 2005, 3:16 am
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When we left the UK a friend helped us out by bringing some of our luggage to the airport for us. Unfortunately he left a suitcase in his cupboard and we've only just been had it sent by DHL. I've just received a letter from DHL saying that I will need to cough up another $165.00 to clear it through customs, clear it myself or pay another customs broker.
Has anyone had experience of clearing stuff themselves? Given that it's just a suitcase of clothes etc. I wouldn't have thought there was much to it, but you never know...
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Old Jan 19th 2005, 3:26 am
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Originally Posted by Larissa
Hi guys
When we left the UK a friend helped us out by bringing some of our luggage to the airport for us. Unfortunately he left a suitcase in his cupboard and we've only just been had it sent by DHL. I've just received a letter from DHL saying that I will need to cough up another $165.00 to clear it through customs, clear it myself or pay another customs broker.
Has anyone had experience of clearing stuff themselves? Given that it's just a suitcase of clothes etc. I wouldn't have thought there was much to it, but you never know...
Ta in advance
Larissa
I cleared a box of clothes/Cds etc through customs in Brisbane - just had to fill in a couple of forms, pay the fee, let AQIS examine it, that was all.
Certainly do-able, don't pay a broker!
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Old Jan 19th 2005, 3:33 am
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Thanks Poll, will ring them once hubby get's home - got to get the car fixed before I make a trip down there!
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Old Jan 19th 2005, 3:35 am
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Originally Posted by Larissa
Thanks Poll, will ring them once hubby get's home - got to get the car fixed before I make a trip down there!
Just make sure you take your passport, and any paperwork you have to do with the suitcase. Not a fast process in Brisbane, but it is straightforward.
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I cleared a box of clothes/Cds etc through customs in Brisbane - just had to fill in a couple of forms, pay the fee, let AQIS examine it, that was all.
Certainly do-able, don't pay a broker!
I agree! (Always nice to have 2 opinions the same!)
Had to do the same. AQIS didn't even bother inspecting.
Nice way to waste a couple of hours as they sure don't move quick. Note, you have to declare any items <6 months old and you are meant to pay duty on the same (I think - just say >6 months old)

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Old Jan 25th 2005, 1:43 am
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Just a quick update incase anyone searches for "Customs Clearance" and "Perth"...
I collected my suitcase (wow weee!!) yesterday. Hubby rang customs and discovered they wouldn't release it as we hadn't been given the "Airway Bill"
We got it emailed from DHL and I took down the customs paperwork and passport. This was fine with custom's house (located in Perth international airport) and after a brief explanation and some form filling, they stamped the bill for me; nothing to pay so I was chuffed.
Then another long drive to DHL in Beldon to collect the suitcase, nothing else to pay... altogether it cost £80 to send 25kg so I can't complain. Be prepared to pay customs charges though, they might not let you off.
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