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Shipping in "Custom Clearance" for 3 days in international DHL?

Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by graphox, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    I have a large order coming from China, $190 worth ($340 after shipping costs), through DHL express. It's 22 custom shirts, I ordered a sample and it came through no problem a few months ago. 3 months ago I did an order of 10, came through no problem.

    Both times before, they came through the Cincinnatti Hub, and cleared customs in less than 24 hours. This time my package has been in customs since Monday, and I have received 3 "custom event" notifications.

    What could this mean? I googled and some people said customs probably opened the package and are investigating.
     
  2. jhillman87

    jhillman87 Registered Member

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    $190 is hardly a "large order" - 22 shirts is small :)

    I assume these custom shirts aren't big-branded, so technically they should have no issue releasing your goods.
    Most likely they are just opening/inspecting the package, which they often do randomly. They'll probably release it in a while if they have no issues - at the worst DHL will want you to pay import taxes, which isn't too big -
    I paid about $24 on a $800 order to DHL.

    I've had a box in the past detained by customs, and it took them 2 additional weeks to send it to me, so don't fret as it's only been 3 days...
     
  3. graphox

    graphox Regular Member

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    Thanks. It's been 4 now, got another "clearance event" update. I called DHL and they said it should take 3-5 days for inspection so I'll wait it out. However, I think the shirts might be branded. They had my design on them, but some were on athletic shirts that had the copyrighted design of "Dri-Fit" (Nike's meshed back of athletic clothing). How strict are customs about this stuff?
     
  4. judif414

    judif414 Regular Member

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    I doubt they'd care. Chances of them even opening and looking at the package is so so slim. Just wait it out.
     
  5. jhillman87

    jhillman87 Registered Member

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    Should be 0 issues from what info you've provided us.

    As long as you aren't receiving a box of 30 shirts all labeled NIKE or ADIDAS you are fine