Boycott Germany


#1

German customs remains the sole customs authority world-wide that has given me any trouble. They’ve rejected more than one package for incorrect and/or ridiculous reasons and now - so far as I can determine - they’ve just absconded with my latest shipment. I’ve had less trouble shipping products to Nigeria, believe it or not.

I’ve had no other trouble with shipping anywhere else in the EU, and you’d think that EU entry anywhere would be consistent, but no.

So I have decided to simply never sell or ship to Germany ever again.

This is not a slight against the German people. If someone in Germany wants to buy something and have it shipped to some other EU address for forwarding, that’s fine with me. As long as it goes through customs somewhere else.


#2

I sympathise. German Customs are the worst in the world, they are 95% of my shipping trouble.


#3

Being from Germany I’m also quite frustrated atm. North american countries won’t take any shipments with trading goods trough the postal service anymore.I had to stop shipping there. Eu works still fine though so it’s probably a matter of perspective


#4

This was all well before the pandemic. This is an issue of ridiculously overzealous customs enforcement, and it’s been an issue with Germany more than any other country in the world for years.


#5

Ohh don’t forget Russia. If you go with local shippers you’re fine at customs and they can pick the order up at the post office. But if you try UPS or DHL you’re in bad luck! We’ve had packages rejected and sometimes the customer had to travel to moscow to pick it up at the airport.

Maybe it’s worth it to try and ship with another courier? I know customs=customs. But it seems ‘normal post’ customs are more relaxed in letting packages through. It also helped us a LOT to change the tariff/HS codes(US codes can differ from EU codes for some reason).


#6

You can always exclude an individual country from your shipping method :+1:


#7

That’s what I’ve done. I was just sharing with folks that I’ve been forced to do so.


#8

Do you mean the packages will get rejected before they even arrive the customer?

I’ve bought filament sensors from Malta… I barely ever buy stuff from outside of Germany. Now I’m concerned. concerned :neutral_face:


#9

So often buying stuff from the Chinese, Aliexpress and everything arrives w/o any problem in Germany. OK, these items in general are below 20 EUR and are shipped with regular postal servicee. For such stuff there will be no problem