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Experiences with alibaba? customs n shit?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by appache, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. appache

    appache Regular Member

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    Wondering if anyone here ever dealt with businesses on alibaba.

    I am wondering what to expect as far as quality goes, and if customs are gonna rip me a new one?

    I am from Quebec (Canada) and have never imported anything asides from the USA. only 1 out of 4 got nabbed by customs. Wondering what to expect / how all this works.

    Let me know your experiences!
     
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    I've bought HDD's through Alibaba from China, had no issues. Check out what your import limits are before paying any taxes/duties though, for Australia it's $1,000 per shipment. Other than it should be very straight forward, it's in the supplier's interest to ensure the shipment is labelled and sent correctly as they are all desperate for repeat business.
     
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    Depends on what you buy and how much, but you really need to do your research first. Know who you are dealing with, understand the terms of sale, shipping cost, import duties, etc. You may also want to hook up with a independent agent to on-site q.c. and represent you, at least for the first few shipments.
     
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    Well first shipment would be under 1k$ of value, as I would be testing the waters. I know about customs agents, however I am thinking maybe it would drive up my price too much. However, I am stating this without having looked into the costs.

    So far ya'lls input was nice to hear!
     
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    I would check your countries laws very carefully if I was you. If you are thinking of importing research chemicals, make sure the particular chemical hasn't been banned in your country. If it has an you are caught trying to import it, you can be charged an even jailed, depending on the seriousness of the chemical. They are becoming even more strict on this with the introduction of the silkroad.

    Here in Australia, a chemical is automatically illegal if it is considered an analogue of another illegal substance, it doesn't even have to be known to the government officials for it to be illegal.

    Be careful if you are thinking of doing this!