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JLCPCB + Shipping
« on: June 11, 2024, 06:45:40 pm »
I recently ordered some PCBs from JLCPCB and chose FedEx for shipping.
The shipping cost was not very high (about 16$), but after receiving the order they sent me an invoice for customs services for about 48€. The shipment was to Spain.

What is the best option for the transport that charges as little as possible or directly that does not charge customs?

I remember that years ago I placed orders that did not have these costs. I sent the parcels through the postal service because I didn't mind it taking several weeks to save some money.
The problem now is that they don't give that option at JLCPCB.
 

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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2024, 07:05:56 pm »
I'm in the UK and they offered the direct postage rate for me, that was last week but I only ordered 5 boards, no stencil, if I added a stencil the postage shot up.
 

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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2024, 07:24:00 pm »
[...] after receiving the order they sent me an invoice for customs services for about 48€. The shipment was to Spain.

Was that 48€ really only for FedEx's services (putting your package through customs)? That would be a painfully high fee. But I assume that the amount also included the actual import tax, i.e. your 21% VAT, payable on the PCB value plus the shipping cost?

That tax you will have to pay in any case; your only choice is whether you pre-pay it via JLCPCB or post-pay it via the shipping company. The EU has become much more pedantic about actually collecting that money...

What you can avoid is paying the handling fee to FedEx or other shipping companies. If you choose a shipping method that is listed as "DDP", i.e. delivered duty paid, you pre-pay the VAT to JLCPCB and pay not additional fee, or a very small one. Last time I ordered something, JLCPCB offered "DHL Express DDP" (fast and expensive) and Europacket (a bit slower, much cheaper). That was to Germany, and a few months ago. Do you still get those options?
 

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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2024, 07:27:03 pm »
In Latvia they cannot force an individual paying them any fees, there is relatively easy process to do the clearance yourself and pay the tax only. And even as a company you can reject their brokerage service and use other broker or do it yourself, although some couriers charge "document processing fee for that".
As individual you should use IOSS or DDP options that should not result in any fees.
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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2024, 10:43:44 pm »
Had this happen recently to Germany too.

Fedex & UPS are known for charging these brokerage fees. It has nothing to do with customs or VAT, merely a massive fee for them filling the paperwork on your behalf, even when none is required. They were doing this long before these new EU VAT rules went into force already and even when the sender supplied all the paperwork already. It is free money for them, so of course they charge it - and after the fact when you can't refuse the delivery anymore. I recall Fedex used to collect this on delivery years ago, now they send you an invoice 2-3 weeks later instead.

OTOH, JLCPCB & esp. LCSC are being a pain the ... too when it comes to shipping because it is not clear which options are going through IOSS and which are not. They used to have it clearly indicated but not anymore for whatever reason.
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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2024, 10:52:23 pm »
OTOH, JLCPCB & esp. LCSC are being a pain the ... too when it comes to shipping because it is not clear which options are going through IOSS and which are not. They used to have it clearly indicated but not anymore for whatever reason.
I checked it today and it clearly indicated what's IOSS or DDP and was like that for a few years IIRC
 

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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2024, 11:00:58 pm »
OTOH, JLCPCB & esp. LCSC are being a pain the ... too when it comes to shipping because it is not clear which options are going through IOSS and which are not. They used to have it clearly indicated but not anymore for whatever reason.
I checked it today and it clearly indicated what's IOSS or DDP and was like that for a few years IIRC

Was it? I recall only seeing the names of the shipping companies, like DHL, Fedex or "Global Standard Direct Line" (or what the name was) but not which one uses IOSS and which one does not. Maybe they have it country-specific?

Ah correction - JLCPCB does indeed have the info. LCSC does not:



Actually, I believe they don't offer that at all, given that it says: "Duty, customs, and taxes are buyer's responsibility". It used to be possible, same as it used to be possible to combine JLCPCB & LCSC order shipping. They stopped doing that for some customs-related reasons some time ago and now it seems LCSC isn't taking part in the IOSS system at all anymore, despite both being the same company.
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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2024, 11:33:17 pm »
Just tried with German address and it still clearly shows what is what.

 
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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2024, 11:40:22 pm »
Ah correction - JLCPCB does indeed have the info. LCSC does not:
IME with LCSC if I select "Global Direct Standard Line" it just arrives to nearby parcel machine, no VAT charged at any point (LCSC does not collect IOSS VAT either)  :-//. With Fedex I need to do the customs clearance. Haven't tried registered mail for many years.  I avoid DHL because these bastards charge "document processing fee" when I refuse to use their brokerage when ordering as a business.
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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2024, 06:51:46 am »
[...] after receiving the order they sent me an invoice for customs services for about 48€. The shipment was to Spain.

Was that 48€ really only for FedEx's services (putting your package through customs)? That would be a painfully high fee. But I assume that the amount also included the actual import tax, i.e. your 21% VAT, payable on the PCB value plus the shipping cost?

PCB Boards = 4€
Shipping = 16€
Taxes and fees = 0€
FedEx customs management fee = 40 + VAT = 48.40€
« Last Edit: June 12, 2024, 06:56:26 am by Picuino »
 

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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2024, 08:10:16 am »
At this point I'm starting to think this is all country specific since I remember them collecting taxes during payment, but then I think its a UK requirement for goods <£135 I always try to avoid FEDEX when ordering from other countries, they never fail to send an invoice a couple of weeks later.

 

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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2024, 08:21:39 am »
I'm glad I'm cheap and not in a hurry. I've been getting 5 boards for USD2 and Global Direct Standard Line USD1.5. Arrives within 2 weeks anyway. How can the couriers make any money that way? But I'm not complaining.
 

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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2024, 11:13:45 am »
I think the reason its cheaper to send a parcel from china to somewhere in the US than for a seller in the US to send the same parcel to the same destination in the US is something agreed upon by the countries that are members of the UPU, changes are always being made and it explains the huge increases we saw in the costs of delivery from Ali express a few years pre-covid. The countries appear to agree to take responsibility for funding the cost of delivery in the arrival destination country, a terminal fee is applied and collected at some point in the year. A seller in china is paying their fee based in their currency. If we made it prohibitively expensive they would not trade and we would lose the revenue from even that small amount, which in volume is considerable.

sources https://postandparcel.info/75782/news/upu-member-countries-adopt-new-terminal-dues-system/

"...This has been a source of vexation for online sellers in countries like the US, because Chinese e-retailers pay less than they do to send packages to US shoppers."
 

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Re: JLCPCB + Shipping
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2024, 12:01:44 pm »
At this point I'm starting to think this is all country specific since I remember them collecting taxes during payment, but then I think its a UK requirement for goods <£135 I always try to avoid FEDEX when ordering from other countries, they never fail to send an invoice a couple of weeks later.
I find that system ridiculous. Yes it allows getting an item somewhat faster, however doing it without prior authorization and charging later is nuts. You could literally screw up someone by sending a bunch of parcels of junk declared with high value. The only entity in Latvia that ever automatically did the clearance on their own was post owned by government, and still process itself was free and you paid first before receiving the item. Now you need to do it online yourself or authorize them doing it for a small fee.
 


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