I’ve told stories for many years about importers being black listed for not addressing the real and harsh expenses associated with disposing of bug infested wooden crates inside or outside of a container shipment. Darren Hill down in Northland NZ, was in near shock WHEN his Indian shipment arrived and the Inspectors seized his property and threatened to destroy it all at great expense to him. That was maybe 5 or more years ago, and I think the experience caused Darren pause in ever risking that kind of money on import again.
To my knowledge, ‘you the importer’ are held responsible for all costs in destroying the imported materials, or for all costs and fees associated with the emergency export of same IF others are not held accountable. There are situations where if you don’t pay the fees, you will be black listed, and you will no longer be able to import.
As a public Service, I post here a comment made in a forum recently, and then a link to one of my previous posts.
Gentlemen,Be sure to check the rules. It can be very expensive.My latest shipment of GM90 Listeroids got stopped at the port in Canada and was deemed to be lacking adequate fumigation.By import law the whole container had to be immediately fumigated and returned to the most recent port. In this case Shanghai China.(It went from India to China to Canada)After an inspection in China it was shipped back to Canada where passed customs, but got seized by the freight company until “somebody” pays the additional $8000 for special fumigation, storage, re-crating, shipping twice more across the pond, inspections fees, and on…and on….and on…After 5 months I got it resolved and the faulty party is now being chased for the money.So, unless you want a whole bunch of paperwork, additional fees, and an extra 5 month wait, make sure about the fumigation requirements.Second item is the wood crating itself.By US law all incoming wood crates must now be made from specially treated wood with proper numbered markings showing that it is insect resistant.Check with an import authority and make sure you comply. One option is to not crate at all and leave the engines open for inspection.Of course this creates additional problems of stability and safety.
Let’s discuss the reality of this situation: In China, it’s very difficult for a company to ship anything out of the Main Land; including the port of Hong Kong with natural wood. The Chinese Government has encouraged all exporters there to use composites, and this started many years ago. As an interesting side note, if you attempt to burn some of these materials in your wood stove, they often smell like old cigars, and the smell can linger in your mind for months 🙂
However! IF you are receiving goods that were stuffed inside a mixed container, AND even one crate is found to be infested with bugs, the whole container might be shipped out of your country even though your shipper followed all the rules. In my case, I got the stuff months later, and I think my stuff got marked for additional inspections at additional cost >to me< when it returned.
This situation should lead you to consider the cost of your own container, and of course the assurance that illegal materials are not used to pack the container.
Here’s another tip: If you have a WEBsite, and you are selling Brand X, don’t show examples of >your< product with another companies’ name on it sitting on a standard Indian crate bottom, it may confuse people, take a moment to use a simple program like paint to remove the logo of another brand if it’s all you have to display at the time.
Here’s a recent post below:
I’ll always remember the Public Forum Posts ‘Commie Doug’ made about the Blood Sucking Dealers of slow speed engines in North America, and his thought that a 10 percent mark up was all a person should have to pay 🙂 If only he had the courage to risk some of his own treasure and start a small business, he might have raised his import IQ to at least a first rung of the ladder.
My hat is off to all those who attempt to serve our DIYer, AE, and Slow Speed Engine communities. We know the weakness of our Dollar, and if you have surprise expenses, it can be impossible to find a profit in your efforts period!
I do know that Lovson has worked very hard to assure you don’t experience a problem like the one mentioned above, and they do market an engine nearly identical to the GM90 under the lovson LG 6 and 8 name. There’s a Canadian Dealer who recently received a load of Lovson engines, Mr. Peter LeGross – Kent Farms, he’s in Ontario, and easy to google up. Lovson has developed a shipping system and a composite and steel crate for less than container shipments.
Lovson’s LG8s are one of the most popular work engines in Fiji with the best reputation for doing hard work with no break downs.
Here’s a link to my story about Lovson and how you can order an Air Compressor, and why you might do so.. https://www.utterpower.com/personal-import-up-to-2000-a-year-its-now-a-simple-process/
In other news, there’s now a person dealing with Powerline in Canada who has taken up the Lovson Air Compressor Idea, the more the merrier 🙂
In closing, our Inspectors don’t always catch the fact there are pests in crating. One time I had a warehouseman call me and let me know that there was saw dust coming out from under crated engines, and since both of us know the importance of protecting our Agra business, and the fact we don’t need new pests here, we kept the crates tented and wet with pesticides for about 5 months before the crates were moved.
Hats off to Customs and Agra Inspectors for protecting our Farmers, don’t we know they already face enough challenges in making a profit large enough to stay in business. And no thanks to Lisa Jackson, the Partison Activist Currently Running the EPA. Remember, if you rebuild that old antique, it must meet new emission standards.. even if you only run it during a blue moon 🙂 This does place a burden on our Farmers (and others) who (for example) have standby power for irrigation in case their electric pumps fail during the height of growing season and similiar. So many Stationary Engines are seldom if ever run, and it’s a shame that the US Government can’t quit printing money long enough to reduce enough red tape so the Farmer can make a profit. I see the EPA is in the news today.. Check this out.. And you thought Mother Russia was hard on Her people during the cold years.
All the best, George B.
Accordingto my friend Phil