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Below are my two orders that are stuck in Canada Customs. I need your prayers so Customs would overlook the boxes that has my stuff. Please wish me luck. shout.gif sorry.gif dash2.gif I am so scared.


Into Foreign Customs, May 13, 2009, 10:47 am, CANADA

From Nazar Hookah

Qty. Products Total
2 ea. Al Fakher Triple Pack

* Al Fakher #1 - 2 Apples
* Al Fakher #2 - 2 Apples
* Al Fakher #3 - 2 Apples

$66.66
1 ea. *NEW* Vortex Bowl

* Color - Black

$11.10
1 ea. Funnel Bowl

* Color - Black

$12.21
1 ea. Funnel Bowl

* Color - Blue

$12.21
1 ea. Nakhla Fakhfakhina Fruits 250g $8.88
$111.06
Sub-Total:

$31.95
United States Postal Service (Priority Mail International (6 - 10 days)):

-$11.10
Discount Coupon: HookahForum :

$131.91
Total:

Into Foreign Customs, May 10, 2009, 1:23 pm, CANADA

From Hookah-Shisha Central

Qty SKU Description Unit Price
Price
1 BTO-Hookah-KM-TriMetal Khalil Mamoon Trimetal (1 hose) Hookah $94.95
$94.95

Customizations:
Khalil Mamoon Trimetal (1 hose) Base Color:: blue and gold painted
Romman 50g #1:: almond - NEW!
Romman 50g #2:: almond - NEW!
1 Coal-CocoNara-MonsterPack(x5)-84 Monster Pack (5 x 84-piece boxes of Coco Nara Coals) $64.95
$64.95


Certificate/Discount Code: Hookah Forum Discount

-$9.74

Reward Points earned on this purchase: 160

Shipping: Priority Mail International

$34.75

Tax:

$0.00

Total:

$184.91

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Wow man that sucks. My order from hookah-shisha got stuck in customs and then when it was finally delivered it had a $300 duty charge and I had to send it back. This was before I knew never to order from hookah-shisha if you live in Canada because they don't ship discreetly. I hope it works out better for you!

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Dude you'll be fine. All orders typically sit at customs for a day or two before going out. Your Nazar order should be fine, as I've heard they ship discretely. The other order may get opened at customs, but you don't have much to worry about, only 100g tobacco which they probably won't tax.

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Wouldn't worry about it just yet.

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if customs sees "hookah" for both of the packages...thats not discreetly shipped at all.

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QUOTE (Sylren @ May 14 2009, 03:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow man that sucks. My order from hookah-shisha got stuck in customs and then when it was finally delivered it had a $300 duty charge and I had to send it back. This was before I knew never to order from hookah-shisha if you live in Canada because they don't ship discreetly. I hope it works out better for you!


Yeah that's why I did not order tobacco from them except the 100g that comes with the hookah. I actually added a note to them to replace it with herbal shisha instead of Romman so it would not be stopped by customs. I was hoping I get it before the long weekend. My fingers are crossed for tomorrow. smile.gif

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i just picked up my order containing 2.5kg of shisha from john and no duties.
you should be okay with nazar but its not guaranteed that customs wont check your order.
hookah-shisha, on the other hand, has the highest chance of being taxed.

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I wish you much luck. H-S always charged me duties.

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QUOTE (mix_tape @ May 14 2009, 11:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish you much luck. H-S always charged me duties.



its not H-S that charges the duties. it is Canada Customs that does it.
the problem with H-S shipping internationally is the return address says "hookah shisha" which means they ship under their business name. that doesnt make the package very discreet.
all the discreet shippers ship privately with their own personal name.

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QUOTE (chinamon @ May 14 2009, 07:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (mix_tape @ May 14 2009, 11:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish you much luck. H-S always charged me duties.



its not H-S that charges the duties. it is Canada Customs that does it.
the problem with H-S shipping internationally is the return address says "hookah shisha" which means they ship under their business name. that doesnt make the package very discreet.
all the discreet shippers ship privately with their own personal name.


i got a package from them recently (about 2 weeks ago) and the return address was Romman Inc. or something like that. like your fellow canooks said, i wouldn't worry about it a whole hell of a lot

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I just got my Nazar Hookah Shipment that entered Canada 3 days after Hookah-Shisha's order. yahoo.gif

I hate Canada Customs. I just ran out of coals and we have a long weekend. Now I have to wait until Tuesday or even more to be able to test my new KM hookah and be able to smoke with decent coals. diablo.gif

Thanks for your input all...

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h-s have always use a personal addy for me each time over 3kgs worth of stuff to the uk

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QUOTE (chinamon @ May 14 2009, 05:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (mix_tape @ May 14 2009, 11:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish you much luck. H-S always charged me duties.



its not H-S that charges the duties. it is Canada Customs that does it.
the problem with H-S shipping internationally is the return address says "hookah shisha" which means they ship under their business name. that doesnt make the package very discreet.
all the discreet shippers ship privately with their own personal name.


I've been corrected, I apologize that was poor wording on my part.

The last few times I've been busted I've had to do all the customs work myself. I had to go down to the customs office, fill out paper work, pay my fees then goto fedex and pick it all up. Its odd but its bound to happen every once in a while.

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My HS order is not here yet angry.gif I will never order anything from H-S

Shipped Via: Priority Mail International
Date shipped: 5/6/2009

The coals I am using now are shit. I hate them.

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I know this will be a real dumb question but why isn't there a big vendor in Canada? Are taxes on Shisha and Tobacco really that bad? Edited by newjacksm

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QUOTE (newjacksm @ May 20 2009, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are taxes on Shisha and Tobacco really that bad?


Long-short: Yes. From what I've seen they spend as much on a 50g as we do on 250's here, sometimes more...

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What you need is for a cousin of Eric's to be living in Canada and manufacturing with local materials to his specifications........ Don't know if he has any spare relatives lying around though.

'Rani

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the return address for my Hookah-shisha order a several weeks ago was "shisha times"
i was shipping to a dorm where no hookahs are allowed, and i asked for discreet shipping
i was in the US tho
maybe they changed their return address?
but you have my prayers
that really sucks

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QUOTE (gunsboy @ May 20 2009, 09:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My HS order is not here yet angry.gif I will never order anything from H-S

Shipped Via: Priority Mail International
Date shipped: 5/6/2009

The coals I am using now are shit. I hate them.

angry.gif angry.gif angry.gif angry.gif angry.gif angry.gif angry.gif


Can't really blame H-S on that one, its USPS/CanadaPost that are screwing you over. Priority Mail International is 6-10 business days, and once its shipped its out of their hands. I've had some orders come in 3 business days, others in 15. There's no logic to it, I'm guessing its just dependent on how backed up and/or lazy the customs guys are.

Also, my packages typically spend 4-6 days in customs and come out without problems, so I wouldn't necessarily worry about that just yet.

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QUOTE (newjacksm @ May 20 2009, 09:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know this will be a real dumb question but why isn't there a big vendor in Canada? Are taxes on Shisha and Tobacco really that bad?


two reasons...
i believe canadian tobacco laws do not allow the online sales of tobacco.
also, our duties suck major balls. expect to pay about $13-15 for 50g of nakhla when purchasing the legal way (with the duty paid sticker on the box).
it would be very hard for a canadian online vendor to compete with american vendors because of this.

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QUOTE (chinamon @ May 21 2009, 02:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (newjacksm @ May 20 2009, 09:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know this will be a real dumb question but why isn't there a big vendor in Canada? Are taxes on Shisha and Tobacco really that bad?


two reasons...
i believe canadian tobacco laws do not allow the online sales of tobacco.
also, our duties suck major balls. expect to pay about $13-15 for 50g of nakhla when purchasing the legal way (with the duty paid sticker on the box).
it would be very hard for a canadian online vendor to compete with american vendors because of this.


Same issue with the taxes and everything in most countries in europe too, its SO STUPID, how much of the weight is really tobacco? 30%? Probably differs between brands but...
Damn, its a huge flaw in the system, i wonder if anyone have ever tried contacting some of the decision-makers about this, seriously, its not like its an opinion about something, its a friggin calculating/weighing error...

Even if they fix this issue shisha would still be expensive compared to the states but maybe it would be possible to actually have a normal market for shisha with online vendors etc instead of the black market/underground smuggling/fake AF/old dry lower quality nakhla crap swamp that is the european shisha market today.

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QUOTE (jfaltous @ May 20 2009, 10:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (gunsboy @ May 20 2009, 09:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My HS order is not here yet angry.gif I will never order anything from H-S

Shipped Via: Priority Mail International
Date shipped: 5/6/2009

The coals I am using now are shit. I hate them.

angry.gif angry.gif angry.gif angry.gif


Can't really blame H-S on that one, its USPS/CanadaPost that are screwing you over. Priority Mail International is 6-10 business days, and once its shipped its out of their hands. I've had some orders come in 3 business days, others in 15. There's no logic to it, I'm guessing its just dependent on how backed up and/or lazy the customs guys are.

Also, my packages typically spend 4-6 days in customs and come out without problems, so I wouldn't necessarily worry about that just yet.



FINALLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY, I got this order.

I can blame H-S for this. I do not think I will order anything from there again. I asked them in the order notes to replace the following two "FREE" 50g shisha boxes with herbal shisha because I did not want customs to fuck with this order and I really do not smoke Romman, which is the advice I got from their customer service guy on the online chat thing.

Romman 50g #1:: almond - NEW!
Romman 50g #2:: almond - NEW!

I PAID $28.75 to customs on those FREE Romman boxes angry.gif and it caused the shipment to stay 10 days in customs.

It is not 100% H-S fault, but they did a shitty job following the directions. Now they owe me $28 tongue.gif

I spend over $250 a month on Hookah and Shisha things. I usually try to stick to one place for orders.

On a good note, the Tri-Metal KM looks awesome the bag that comes with it is AWESOME. I got my coconaras _sheesha2__by_Majunka_aurore.gif Edited by gunsboy

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