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Offline MR.C

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getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:42:06 PM »
copied info from another Forum.
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I recently made use of the service provide by PostBox-Courier.com and was very impressed. For those people that don't know, they are a parcel forwarding service that specialises in shipping to South Africa. Since a lot of people have asked questions about this service, I decided to write a short tutorial on how to use their service:

1. Go to postbox-courier.com and register.

2. Find the item you want to buy online e.g. Amazon.com and get information on its weight and approximate dimensions. Then go here and enter in the weight and approximate dimensions of your parcel. Make sure to select the country you are buying from to get the currency right. Click "get quote". If you are happy with the price,

3. Login to posbox-courier.com and click on "parcel manager" and then click on "book parcel". Fill in all the details and click "book this parcel" A parcel ID number will then be created that you will need later.

4. Go to the website that you wish to buy your item from. Use the relevant postbox-courier.com receiving depot address for the country you are buying from. eg. if you are making a purchase from the Amazon USA, use their New York address. All the receiving depot's addresses are here.

5. When you fill in your name for the shipping address, fill it in with your parcel ID like so: John123456 Smith.
This will allow PostBox Courier to immediately know who's parcel it is.

Here's a link to track your parcel via Seabourne Express. Click on "Track a Shipment" and enter your parcel ID in the Waybill# field:
http://seabourne.co.za/

6. Once your item has been bought and shipped from the store (Amazon), all you have to do is wait for confirmation that it has been received at PostBox Courier. They will then mail you to confirm the shipping costs and you can make payment via PayPal or credit card. My parcel was received by them on Wednesday afternoon and I had it in my hands that Friday. The item was 0.2 Kg and it cost $30 to have it sent from the USA to my door. I did not pay any import duties probably because the item cost less than R500. If there are import duties involved, then you must make payment directly to PostBox Courier.

Their customer support email is here. I did mail them a couple of times and they replied within minutes.
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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2015, 12:45:28 PM »
Used them a couple of times last year to import stuff from UK and USA. Service was prompt and rates not too bad. Gary was very helpful and responded promptly to any queries I had.

Once he receives all your packages the turnaround time is excellent. I had cases where he sent off stuff from the UK and I received it the next afternoon in SA.

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2015, 10:46:44 PM »
Anyone ever used them where custom duties were involved. How good are they with clearing their customers parcels from customs?
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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2015, 12:57:08 PM »
I have been trough customs a few times,not one person on this planet know exactly what SARS will charge....I brought in new equipment and only paid 10% tax and 14% vat.
If anyone know of a calculator please let me know!

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2015, 02:02:48 PM »
I have always been a big fan of Shipito, but will definitely try this out... thanks

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2015, 12:07:53 AM »
Will try them out. Thank you for this  Mr C

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2016, 04:12:10 PM »
Thanks Mr.C was looking at getting new panels for russound and was having hard time to get it imported without local address (US that is)  :thumbs:

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2016, 01:09:22 PM »
Hi, I know this post is a little old now but has anyone used Postbox Courier for high value items in excess of R10 000 which will attract import duties. Any experiences, tips or other links would be great. Thanks.

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2016, 08:18:56 AM »
Hi, I know this post is a little old now but has anyone used Postbox Courier for high value items in excess of R10 000 which will attract import duties. Any experiences, tips or other links would be great. Thanks.
I m in the same boat they is a 4K 55inch Phillips TV I want to buy in UK .

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2016, 05:04:03 PM »
Heads up, Aramex Global Shopper is free for FNB customers.

I have been using the service for about a year, it's straight freight forwarding, so unlike other services (MyUS)  you cannot group multiple orders and have them repackage them, they only forward on.

Once you sign up you get addresses in 16 countries, to courier from that country is a flat fee of R195 for first 500g, and R99 for every 500g thereafter.

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2016, 06:55:36 PM »


Heads up, Aramex Global Shopper is free for FNB customers.

I have been using the service for about a year,

And it took you a whole year to let us know?  :P

Plus R 75 off promo code.

R120 from UK compared to R1k DHL!

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2016, 09:20:14 PM »
Uh no, I try not to be a d1ck between Christmas and new year, I've been using the service for about a year, and I just saw the offer. I found a voucher when I signed up.

I posted about it back then.

Just for the record. Viabox and MyUS actually act as a receiving agent, so you can ship from multiple suppliers and they repackage for you and give you a single package price. They are US ONLY, and Viabox does seem cheaper. MYUS used to have a Visa 2 year premium membership for free.


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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2017, 08:21:01 AM »
MyUS.com has added a new low cost shipping option, 7-14 days for about 40% less than other freight forwarders. You can ship up to 150kg's.

Nice thing about MyUS is the calculate only on weight and not dimension.

Their other options are more expensive than Viabox or Aramex, service is very professional.

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2017, 09:05:28 AM »
Thanks for the heads up.
I've noticed with the Aramex R75 FNB shipping voucher the discount is getting a little bit smaller every time.
On the 7th parcel the discount is now R73.50 or about.
I suspect it might be rectified by just using a fresh FNB card.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2017, 09:08:26 AM by 2wice »

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Re: getting items from overseas, via PostBox-Courier.com
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2017, 09:11:55 AM »
No prob.

Just a note also, there seems to have been another change to customs requirements, I was chatting to the guys from Aramex, I've been getting stuff through with store invoice only. It seems now that they are asking for:
Store Invoice
Proof of Payment from your account*

*I actually just used the normal bank alert you get in email when you do a transaction. It has bank logo, store name and amount.

This may only apply to China though