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gparrot
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A store on St. Thomas sent me a package containing several jewelry items...it seems to be stuck in Customs....Any body had any experience with this sort of thing? Will they get tired of my jewelry and send it along? Or will the customs agents be wearing my pieces and thanking God they work in the Customs Office? Will they send a Thank You note????

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A Davis
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LOL!

if you know your package is stuck in customs you are ahead of the game. it should be along one day. hope the store did the proper declaratory things, and that the package is insured. it appears they paid for a level of service where there is tracking. like i said, ahead of the game. at least you know it still exists on this plane.

i guess the thing to have asked is what's a reasonable time frame, because i have had packages float around in there for weeks. they eventually got to me though (stateside to here). more expensive things, i can see why you would be nervous about it.

that store should consider a courier service instead of the postal service perhaps. or is this through a courier service?

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Ronnie
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My brother mailed me a broken computer when I was living in Florida. He put it in an IBM computer box the new one came in. I was going to have it fixed and alas, have my first computer. I got a letter from Customs informing me that I will not get my counterfeit computer that was shipped to me. I answered them with a two paged letter explaining it all. I consequently received a letter telling me it was destroyed because it was counterfeit. Couldn't they look at, which they had to, and see it wasn't close to being IBM and just happened to be in an IBM box? They didn't even wait to get my response, or, yes, maybe someone took it for themselves.

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LiquidFluoride
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My brother mailed me a broken computer when I was living in Florida. He put it in an IBM computer box the new one came in. I was going to have it fixed and alas, have my first computer. I got a letter from Customs informing me that I will not get my counterfeit computer that was shipped to me. I answered them with a two paged letter explaining it all. I consequently received a letter telling me it was destroyed because it was counterfeit. Couldn't they look at, which they had to, and see it wasn't close to being IBM and just happened to be in an IBM box? They didn't even wait to get my response, or, yes, maybe someone took it for themselves.

"counterfeit computer?"

wow...

"Don't worry, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help!" (the scariest thing you'll ever hear.)

why is customs even involved when it's stateside to VI?

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isl3985
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sounds like it's customs in puerto rico thats got it, not here in the VI. i think all the US mail goes through puerto rico.

USVI is outside the "customs territory" of the united states (which is why you have to go through customs at the airport to fly out), so anything coming in or out of the USVI to or from the US is considered foreign by customs law and therefore subject to inbound/outbound inspection.

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