Originally Posted by NYDRH
Originally Posted by Michigan Planner
Absolutely gorgeous. According to UPS, mine are "out for delivery" right now. Hopefully I also do not get hit with the customs or UPS brokerage charges. I've ordered from Frans Boone twice before and always looked at the brokerage charges as an unfortunate cost of doing business with them in order to get some of their unique makeups. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will be pleasantly surprised this time around.
FWIW, I tried to request that they ship via DHL or Post Netherlands, both of which should theoretically avoid the hassles of UPS but they refused.
Good luck my man, fingers crossed for you and I. From the internet research I have done over time, my understanding is that DHL is the one most likely to inflict pain followed by Fedex, and from my own experience the national postal services have been kind to my pocket. This will be my first UPS experience but I believe Frans has the proper procedure for a repatriation of US made goods down to a science now. But I concur with your train of thought "unfortunate cost of doing business with them in order to get some of their unique makeups"
In my experience, UPS is the worst, followed closely by Fedex and then DHL.
UPS collects at delivery. Fedex and DHL will bill you.
Fedex and UPS brokerage costs are about the same at around $25-30 depending upon value of shipment.
DHL brokerage is around $12.
I've had way more shipments come through untaxed with DHL than the others.