URGENT MESSAGE RE: CUSTOMS SLIPS COMPLETION
We are all aware that Knit-a-Square in South Africa operates on a shoestring budget. Monthly donations are used to keep the operation running and help to cover the cost of KasVan gas for the distributions, expenses incurred in keeping the office running, and a myriad of other small expenses each month.
One of the expenses that Ronda has to deal with is the occasional charge levied by the South African Customs and Excise. Some of these are unavoidable, even when we have filled out the Customs Slip correctly, and are usually small, manageable amounts.
HOWEVER, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE TAKE GREAT CARE IN FILLING OUT THE CUSTOMS SLIP SO THAT RONDA DOES NOT INCURR ANY UNECESSARY CHARGES.
As you will see below, all of the customs slips have the option of declaring the parcel as a 'GIFT'. PLEASE BE SURE TO DO THIS.
All Customs Slips have a square for declaring VALUE. Please declare the value as $0 so that no charges will be made on your parcel when it arrives in South Africa. If your postmaster insists on a value, please declare $1.00.
Please be sure your handwriting is clear. Sadly a parcel recently arrived from the UK declaring a value of £12 sterling. Unfortunately, the writing was not perfectly clear, and, South African Customs & Excise insisted it said £72 sterling, and Ronda had to pay 300 Rand (£17.50 or $30 US) to bail it out. This sum far outstripped the value of the goods contained in the parcel, plus it used up valuable cash that Knit-a-Square would prefer to spend providing the children with extra food!
Below we have included sample copies of customs slips from various countries, however, it would really help if everyone from other countries would also help us with this important matter.
Canada – please note zero is shown both in Declared Value and Total Value - a value of zero is permitted by the Postal Service.
USA – note the value in the sample shows $5.00, however Helen Flagg is able to send her parcels with the value as $1.00, Mary Anne says she will try this next time! The USA Postal Services insist on a value being shown, therefore please use $1.00 only.
Australia - Postal Service insists on a $ value being shown. Bev Jeffery says $1.00 works for her!
Please indicate $1.00 on your slip.
UK – Postal Service does NOT require a value to be shown on slip, therefore please indicate zero in the value square.