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25 April 2015 @ 11:17 pm
I haven't been using reusables for very long and I want to order some more cloth pads and eventually choose a second menstrual cup. I am in the US but there are only a few cup brands here. When I look at cloth pads, a lot of them are made outside of the US, especially those found on etsy. I've found a few things that a like and they are outside of the US.

I've read some horror stories about packages getting held up in customs and sometimes people having to pay ridiculous fee's in order to get their package. I've tried to research what the fees are all about but it is so much information and seems complicated. I am worried that if I buy anything outside of the US that this could happen to me. If it has anything to do with FDA approval, I can see where some shops state that they are approved while others don't mention it.

Does anyone know enough about it to be able to explain it? Has anyone else ever had to pay extra fee's to get their package?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 26th, 2015 12:28 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, we here in the US do not have to pay customs fees for incoming merchandise. The hold-up in shipping is usually in waiting for enough stuff to accumulate in the "going to America box" to make it worthwhile for them to ship rather than sending a partial container.

As for the FDA, that regulates what we can and cannot sell here in the US on a retail level. We can order whatever cup we want for our personal use and sell it on if we decide we don't want it. But we are not allowed to buy a case of non-FDA cups and sell them for profit.
jennifer_1991jennifer_1991 on April 27th, 2015 01:02 am (UTC)
What I read on the government website, in summary, says:
When someone orders off the internet they are basically importing items. They are responsible for making sure that the items meet federal regulations, including FDA. It says "Importing goods that are unsafe, that fail to meet health code requirements, or that violate quota restrictions could end up costing you quite a bit of money in fines and penalties. At the very least, such goods would be detained, and possibly destroyed, by Customs Border Protection."

This makes me weary to buy any cup or pad that is not FDA compliant. So, is this only relevant if I am buying to resell for profit?
Edit: I even remember reading on the MeLuna USA website that it is better to order from their USA site to avoid customs fees that may be involved with ordering from their regular site.

Here is the website I am reading from: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-import-export/internet-purchases

Edited at 2015-04-27 01:05 am (UTC)
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on April 27th, 2015 12:33 am (UTC)
I've purchased a lot of my cups overseas and I've never had an issue with shipping or customs holding things up. It takes an average 10 days for me to receive my packages. But never had issues with receiving packages. Nor have I had to deal with customs either.
starsandmoons89starsandmoons89 on April 27th, 2015 05:59 am (UTC)
I live in Canada. When I bought my lunette and meluna, they weren't very expensive so I didn't have to pay import charges. When I bought my Lily cup though which, cost $45, plus I also bought their laselle kegel ball(which is awesome) with shipping($16) My total order came to $77... Apparently I went over the spending limit since I then had to pay $23 in duty/import charges, and since I didn't have a visa had to spend another $8 bucks to buy a money order to pay for the import charges.
Not sure if it's the same in the US but my advice would be to make sure you just don't spend as much as I did, lol