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Sending parcel to cairo. Help needed!

Post Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:49 am

Hi, I'm a Malaysian student living in Cairo and studying in Cairo University.

I've only been here for about 7 weeks. My parents want to send some things to me through regular aircargo (not through courier services like dhl or fedex). The parcel (or box) is about 14.5kg. It is suppose to be delivered to the Malaysian Embassy as my mother knows someone there.

So what I'm wondering is, will my parcel be opened by customs (the part I'm most afraid of)? Will they charge for the things that are in the parcel? Will they check everything inside? And will the parcel be delivered straight to the embassy or to the nearest post office? Somehow I'm skeptical that it will be delivered to the embassy as I have never seen a postman here. And I'm very worried that some of the things inside will get stolen. All the horror stories about the postal service here from the internet and from my seniors made me really paranoid and scared and worried.

The things that are inside the parcel are as the following: spices, soy sauce, some books, cosmetics like face wash and things like that, an iPod case, a bedsheet and a mobile phone (too expensive buying it here than in Malaysia). Will any of these things be charged by customs? But most of the these things are wrapped in paper and the phone is hidden in the bedsheet. So I hope they don't find it.

Any help is very appreciated. I can't sleep right as I keep thinking about these questions. Please help. Thanks

 

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:27 am

Basically, Customs can open what they like, but might choose not to - so you might be lucky or not.
As far as I can gather, anything coming Cargo cannot be delivered to the door but needs to be 'met' at the airport where it will be prodded poked - wooden items will be a problem if not marked with suitable international markings.
Dont think you will get away with hiding a phone in a sheet.
They will charge you tax - I had to pay 2800LE on my piano which I bought in which is what they decided 40% of the value was. (Believe me, it could have been a LOT more!)

Some people have said using EgyptAir Cargo from Heathrow Airport is fairly simple and safe so don't know if they offer a service from Malysia, but then they were collecting from Luxor - a much more lowkey affair - than trying to collect from Cairo Cargo

Why doesn't your mother want to use FedEx or DHL for what is basically a small consignment?

 

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:11 pm

so they can find the phone then? darn. I know i have to pay tax but i hope its not that much. i mean, how much can spices and things like that cost?

well, my mother didn't want to use DHL or FedEx cause she said it was expensive. I don't know how much is the difference but I trust their decisions. Besides, I don't want to trouble them that much.

 

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Post Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:33 am

I doubt there would be any tax to pay on spices. Anything electronic that looks new you will have to pay tax on if they spot it.
I can't really advise you anymore on this because its coming from Malaysia so I don't know what the possibilities are.
There is a company called Quick Cargo which I have never used, but which a friend used to bring her dog into Cairo with - might be worth you phoning them?

Quick Cargo
5 Tehran St. Dokki
P.O. Box 415 Dokki
Tel: 35390262/3/4/5
Fax: 35390383

 

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:32 pm

You can buy soy sauce at any Metro Market. The Royal Market across from Merryland Park has a good supply of Asian condiments. Go to Mayala at most malls for makeup. They carry most of the major brands. I use Avon and they have great products. Most of the things you need are now available in Egypt. No need to have your parents spend a lot of money to send things. After paying shipping and duty you might as well buy it here. I've lived here two years now and have found most of what I need without having to ship.

 

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:16 am

Hi Agent - I agree with Midos girl - practically everything you mentioned in your top post is gettable in Cairo. Maybe you just need a hand finding out where places are?

The only thing you might have problems with is books - what books are they? In English? text books?

 

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:46 pm

Yea, I do admit that some things are already here in cairo. Its just that since I'm a student, its quite expensive for me here. The books if I'm not mistaken are a couple of cookbooks and a few medical textbooks. You're probably right about the books as I noticed that books here are expensive.

Ok, so I went to Egypt Post's website and tracked my parcel. Its currently at the Parcel Exchange Office at the airport. And its been there for around 1 week now. So what does this mean? Is it still in Custom proses? Or do I have to go there myself? I didn't get any calls from anyone which is different from my friend where someone from egypt post called him for him to pick up his parcel at the nearest post office. Somehow I feel that there is something wrong with my parcel. I'm sorry about all the questions. Its just that I'm a total noob when it comes to the system in egypt and I also don't want to waste my parent's money and effort.

 

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