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herbal tinctures

Post by hlf2888 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:36 pm

Has anyone had any success or failure shipping unopened 500 ml bottles of pure herbal tinctures (only one herb per bottle) for personal use with original receipt and description? Are there red flags if I use the word supplement or vitamin? Thank you

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Post by mem » Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:48 pm

hlf2888 wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:36 pm
Has anyone had any success or failure shipping unopened 500 ml bottles of pure herbal tinctures (only one herb per bottle) for personal use with original receipt and description? Are there red flags if I use the word supplement or vitamin? Thank you
I had a package coming via FedEx from a vendor in the US a few years ago that had somethings labelled as vitamins and supplements. And it triggered an interdiction and customs wanted me to fetch 2 things... approval from the Chilean health department as if they were pharmaceuticals and a prescription which was impossible of course considering they were some amino acids, etc.
The resolution was to sign a document that allowed customs to open the box and remove the items in question and then reseal the package and send the rest on to us Huge hassle and source of stress

We have been able to get similar stuff in from other vendors but only if the package is under a value threshold. Doesnt make sense really

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Post by hlf2888 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:19 pm

Thanks mem, was your FedEx order over the certain threshold in value? What was the value threshold?

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Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:35 pm

US $30 is the threshold so probably only worth it if sending via national post (many not sending to Chile right now or Chile Correos may reject and if sent and accepted you are talking weeks to months for it to arrive at your address or casilla) and even then, since Piñera has bee in office, they have been stopping even supplements under that price threshold. Big victory for the big name brands who manufacture in Chile or have pre$ence in Chile.
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Post by proger » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:53 pm

tell them to send as a gift

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Post by mem » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:08 pm

hlf2888 wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:19 pm
Thanks mem, was your FedEx order over the certain threshold in value? What was the value threshold?
Yeah like EE said the official threshold is $30 USD, but keep in mind that includes CIF (content, insurance, and freight)

That being said the reality seems to be much more variable. For example we have sent stuff to a friend in the US that then unboxed everything and puts it in a box that is shipped here via USPS. The box generally weighs up to around 85lbs and we have paid about $85 in shipping from USPS. The declared description usually includes items like books, toys, clothes with a total declared value of <$50 USD. Oddly enough these boxes get cleared through customs, no broker needed, and no duties required to be paid. Doesnt make sense considering $50+$85 is much more than $30 so ymmv

Also USPS is not really shipping to Chile right now so the only option is to pay an arm and leg to a private carrier like FedEx

The rule of thumb we use when ordering direct from a manufacturer to Chile is to make sure the product cost is $50 or less and that with shipping it is less than or equal to $75. Seems to get through with no fuss, but again no idea why considering the official $30 CIF limit.

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Post by hlf2888 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:53 pm

mem wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:08 pm
hlf2888 wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:19 pm
Thanks mem, was your FedEx order over the certain threshold in value? What was the value threshold?
Yeah like EE said the official threshold is $30 USD, but keep in mind that includes CIF (content, insurance, and freight)

That being said the reality seems to be much more variable. For example we have sent stuff to a friend in the US that then unboxed everything and puts it in a box that is shipped here via USPS. The box generally weighs up to around 85lbs and we have paid about $85 in shipping from USPS. The declared description usually includes items like books, toys, clothes with a total declared value of <$50 USD. Oddly enough these boxes get cleared through customs, no broker needed, and no duties required to be paid. Doesnt make sense considering $50+$85 is much more than $30 so ymmv

Also USPS is not really shipping to Chile right now so the only option is to pay an arm and leg to a private carrier like FedEx

The rule of thumb we use when ordering direct from a manufacturer to Chile is to make sure the product cost is $50 or less and that with shipping it is less than or equal to $75. Seems to get through with no fuss, but again no idea why considering the official $30 CIF limit.
An 85 pound box costing 85$ in shipping from USPS? Were they shipping from somewhere south like Texas? Wow, a 20 pound box from Canada to Chile costs around 140$CAD, or 103$US.

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Re: herbal tinctures

Post by mem » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:37 pm

hlf2888 wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:53 pm
mem wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:08 pm
hlf2888 wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:19 pm
Thanks mem, was your FedEx order over the certain threshold in value? What was the value threshold?
Yeah like EE said the official threshold is $30 USD, but keep in mind that includes CIF (content, insurance, and freight)

That being said the reality seems to be much more variable. For example we have sent stuff to a friend in the US that then unboxed everything and puts it in a box that is shipped here via USPS. The box generally weighs up to around 85lbs and we have paid about $85 in shipping from USPS. The declared description usually includes items like books, toys, clothes with a total declared value of <$50 USD. Oddly enough these boxes get cleared through customs, no broker needed, and no duties required to be paid. Doesnt make sense considering $50+$85 is much more than $30 so ymmv

Also USPS is not really shipping to Chile right now so the only option is to pay an arm and leg to a private carrier like FedEx

The rule of thumb we use when ordering direct from a manufacturer to Chile is to make sure the product cost is $50 or less and that with shipping it is less than or equal to $75. Seems to get through with no fuss, but again no idea why considering the official $30 CIF limit.
An 85 pound box costing 85$ in shipping from USPS? Were they shipping from somewhere south like Texas? Wow, a 20 pound box from Canada to Chile costs around 140$CAD, or 103$US.
No it was northwest US. Must be the USPS versus Canada mail is the difference. With USPS it's mostly by dimensions but once one goes over about 90lb then the fee penalties for weight start kicking in but still not terrible like fedex..most I ever paid through USPS was maybe $115 when it was heavier

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Re: herbal tinctures

Post by paladin » Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:29 pm

Are you sure you cant get what you want here ? Knop sells a lot of natural products/ herbal medicine stuff etc

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Post by hlf2888 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:15 am

thanks Paladin, an herbalist in Santiago just suggested Knop also, will update as my research continues

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