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They do not always open DHL. I received an item from China. Marked $30.Not opened and no customs duty

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2 hours ago, Proboscis said:

Or Covid-19 means that there is no other way of getting your meds except a courier!

They just restarted international postal service. Can use EMS.

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I ordered three bottles of potassium supplements through iherb and the package wasn't opened. No problem getting through. My Amazon purchases always get through without being opened as well.

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On 6/6/2020 at 11:42 PM, ezzra said:

DHL FedEx and others will always scan/open all packages and tax and VAT them even items valued under $50, as for meds, best to enclose and have extra copy of doctor's prescription if any or a pharmacy receipt to show the value of said items... also best to send either EMS or other past postal deliveries stay away for the Couriers companies when possible...

Quite correct, it's always best to find out what delivery service will be used at the Thailand end! For example using the UK postal service "Royal Mail" the delivery in Thailand  is the standard Thai Post service, and if Express or Registered I never ever have had an issue, in fact even standard post is okay.  Of course, it helps to make sure your Thai wife etc, has a cordial attitude with the postman!

 

Even posting to UK, it is only about 89 baht for registered post by Thai post, you can track even to the time delivered in the UK and takes normally about 3-4 days.

 

If you want potential problems , then DHL and FED EXPRESS will give you everything you want, ie Import charges etc.

 

 

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On 6/6/2020 at 6:48 PM, Why Me said:

Charlie, are you saying they always open? My plan is have about a dozen strips put in a package with a prescription and some other docs (nothing to do with meds).

 

The meds are not going to be declared at the sending DHL office. But if the parcel gets opened then the prescription tells them it's all legit. But then I think the meds will get confiscated anyway because they are not Thai FDA approved.

 

I was thinking of taking a chance if it came under the radar but if they always open then I don't want to lose the expensive sending fee and the cost of the meds.

Also you need a license to "import" medications. So that can become an issue! 

If not really needed I wouldn't have it sent, if customs finds it either you are going to pay big or they are going to confiscate it. 

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Customs do not check all DHL parcels, but DHL checks and tax parcels on behalf of customs 100% of the time.

 

Any idea why they are allowed to import faster when no customs in the world can check more than 5% of any parcels received ?

 

Did you think that the only reason is that they have faster planes ? 

 

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On 6/7/2020 at 3:55 AM, AlexRich said:

No. Only if the package is suspicious. No issue if the meds are legit.

Well, yes & no. All couriers act as Customs brokers. It's in their interest to make you pay, if possible, even if you legitimately don't owe. It's a pain to claim those fees back. In my long experience, it's always better to usethe Post. There's not much difference in cost for regular airmail & EMS from overseas, if the tracking gives you any sense of security.

 

Second point. It is illegal to import prescription medicines even if your overseas doc mails them with his own hands. Even on one's person, I believe prescription meds are limited to a 30-day supply. In practice, they'rey're rarely stopped and never seized. I know this because I'm on several compounded meds that are not available in Thailand (nor are there compounding pharmacies).

 

Any import is not charged duty if the value is B1,500 or less. In practice, almost all parcels under $100 are not given much attention.

 

I just received an 8kg EMS box of my annual supply of vitamin supplements from the US as I won't be visiting family this year. Declared value $145. Charged VAT of just over B1,000.

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On 6/8/2020 at 3:06 PM, TooBigToFit said:

I ordered three bottles of potassium supplements through iherb and the package wasn't opened. No problem getting through. My Amazon purchases always get through without being opened as well.

I just discovered iHerb after my sister mailed my supplements. When you order from Amazon, are shipping charges killer?

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12 minutes ago, unblocktheplanet said:

I just discovered iHerb after my sister mailed my supplements. When you order from Amazon, are shipping charges killer?

Can't answer for Amazon but another alternative is using Shopee or Lazada local merchants reselling already imported products.  Price will be a bit higher than direct import but often much less than local shops charge and no issues of delayed shipments or customs charges.  

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On 6/7/2020 at 8:41 AM, WorriedNoodle said:

My Mrs just got some herbal supplement liquid in a bottle for 30USD from iHerb shop online in USA sent by DHL this week. Not opened, no extra charges.

I had some sent 3 weeks ago and the tracking said it entered here June 3 and it's not here yet. First time I've ordered from there, is the delivery time usual or has it lengthened due to the virus? 

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Could I have the source, please?

39 minutes ago, unblocktheplanet said:

 

Second point. It is illegal to import prescription medicines even if your overseas doc mails them with his own hands. Even on one's person, I believe prescription meds are limited to a 30-day supply. 

 

 

 

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