This is an old post:
But this is how it works:
With normal post, they just check and open large parcels, and a small % of the packages they handle so it is just a matter of luck.
With UPS fed ex etc, they check everything, 100% of the parcels that exceed 50$ value.
So what you can do is, to ask the dealer to state the value of pack for less that 50 $. Yhey are not always willing to do that because if they are shipping 2 or 3 kites and they have insurance, if they get lost they just get 50$ back.
The less they state on the green customs label, the better cause you are going to pay 20% on that value.
Usually the charges are as follows, but they may vary from country to country:
3% on value of pack+shipping (customs fee)
+ 15 to 20 % VAT again on value + shipping.
From my experience, if it is something small (wetsuit helmet, whatever) if you get a good deal+state less than 50$ it could be worthit, otherwise buy from GERMANY , they have the best prices in europe and no extra customs. Shipping is fast, and also germans are very precise!!! [/b]