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    No expedited shipping of phones/laptops (incl. Xiaomi) from Gearbest/AliExpress/Banggood to South Africa

    I have ordered Xiaomi/Huawei phones from Gearbest in the past with no issues, but ever since lockdown it seems that expedited shipping to South Africa for anything with a battery is not available. From what I can tell, it seems that phones,robot vacuums and laptops are affected. Does anybody...
  2. R

    Best reliable/cheap forwarding service or courier from the US?

    Good day, I'm looking to import a second hand phone from the US. I know somebody in the US who is willing to carry out and collect the purchase on my behalf, and then ship it here for me. The problem is that I'm having trouble finding a well priced and reliable courier or forwarding service to...
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    Importing Chinese phone during lockdown

    I have ordered multiple phones from Gearbest in the past, but ever since lockdown it seems impossible to ship anything with a battery to South Africa. I get the same basic message from Gearbest, Banggood and AliExpress that no shipping method is available to South Africa. Does anybody know...
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    Do I need any special permits to import (order) Vitamin B1 powder from China?

    Hi guys, Ive been wanting some bulk vitamin B1 but its insanely expensive here (R15 per gram) but I found I can get it from china at R1.50 a gram, just wondering if anyone knows if I need special permits as its not a medicine/drug but SA being SA might have classed it as one
  5. justblazethe1st

    PayPal and International Purchases

    Okay quick questions, i'm going to be buying something on alibaba and i have an option to use paypal and since i have like $50 in there i might as well use it. My question is when it comes down to sending invoice to the courier guys for customs clearance am i going to have a problem?
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    Importing guitar amps

    I know that you don't have to pay import duties when importing a stringed instrument, to SA. I just wanted to know if the same applies for guitar amps.
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    Buying From Gearbest

    Hi all! I've recently purchased a phone from Gearbest, and wanted to find out if what I've experienced thus far is normal. I bought the item on 26 December. I got an email on 4 January to say it had been shipped, and they gave me my Aramex (Middle East Express) tracking number. If you take a...
  8. MJG

    Alibaba shipping vs Local freight forwarder

    Hello. This will be my first time ordering from Alibaba. The supplier can ship the products for much cheaper than someone like Rohlig can. The cost difference is vast and am just wondering if anyone has any experience in this.
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    Imported Sweets in Durban

    Hi guys, Does anyone know of a good online/physical store in Durban that sells a good range of imported sweets, chocolates, sodas etc? Whenever I travel abroad I like to try sweets and chocolates specific to that country, but now I can't get any of them again and that's a problem...
  10. MJG

    Importing from China

    Hi. I have a range of products that I want to import from China. I need to get quotes and get in touch with the factories that produce the products. I don't trust Alibaba at all. I am looking for advice on how to go about this or otherwise who can source these products and prices for me...
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    Post Office charging Customs Handling Fee on Imports

    I order little gadgets from China about once a month. Up to now I've only been charged import duties and/or VAT once or twice. I wouldn't mind paying so long as I know the rules. I assume I'm normally not charged because the packages are small and low value. So today I received 3 switches...
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    Registering Overseas motorcycle

    Hi All, I just wanted to find out if it is possible ot buy a motorcycle from overseas and have it registered here? the motorcycle is current in the country but without paperwork. Thanks
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    How to import from GearBest and more

    Importing in SA (V1.6 Update 24/01/2019) This information is given without warranty or guarantee and you use it at your own risk. It might be bias but this is my view on things, so use it if you wish. We have learnt a lot about importing and would like to share this information. There are...
  14. Z

    Gadget Review YouTube Channel with Giveaways

    Good day All, I have been importing for over 10 years and would like to share the wisdom I have learnt. The aim is to also start a YouTube channel in SA, review gadgets, giveaway free stuff, Coupons for items available on GearBest and teach people how to import into SA and I can import for them...
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    Importing RX GPUs

    Has anyone imported Radeon RX graphic cards (for mining)? If so, where did you buy and did you pay import tax? From importing other electronics (laptop, phone, etc), I noticed that the post office often charges between 20 - 30% of the imported goods (instead of the standard 14% VAT). I asked...
  16. Kevin Lancaster

    How much you pay to bring in a parcel from overseas

    How much you pay to bring in a parcel from overseas When ordering an item from overseas, the cost can be inflated by customs duties. While a product may seem cheaper to order from an international retailer than from a local retailer, markups and ad valorem duties may end up making it a...
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    DJI Phantom Batteries

    Hi All I am looking at ordering a Phantom 4 Pro directly from DJI (Seems to come out quite a bit cheaper) however postbox courier ( are not able to bring in the LiPo batteries in if they are not part of the original kit (i.e. extra batteries). What is the...
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    Where can I buy Energy Drinks in Bulk? (Monster particularly)

    Hi Guys, I don't know the first thing about import/export. Or how retailers get their hands on their food & drink products. I'm just curious to know if and how I would go about buying Monster cans in bulk. I drink 1 or 2 every day, so I'd rather just buy tons instead of going to always buy...
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    Customs and Import Duties for Development Boards, e.g. RPi

    I would like to find out from those who have imported ARM development boards in connection with customs VAT and import duties. For example, what rates have you paid when importing boards such as the Raspberry Pi? I am asking because I am importing the Samsung Exynos 4412-based board on...
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    Order cheaper GPU/CPU from USA?

    So I'm looking to upgrade my current system to an i7 6700k, GTX 1070 build. As you all know it is very expensive to do this in SA.. The best price I could find was from Wootware and it was for around R14600.00 for the card and the processor, which is a lot of money. To compare I looked up the...