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Old 22nd July 2011, 07:36 AM
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Has anyone set up a re-direction service from the UK to Cairo? and if so was it successful?
While in Hong Kong I did this and it allowed me to oredr magazines and things off amazon such as books, electric toothbrush heads, cosmetics etc which would then automatically be forwarded at no extra cost and this worked well...just wondering how it would work in Cairo and if customs might be a problem, I know it is in some countries?
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Well I havent set up a re-direction service from the UK to Cairo. But I would have thought that it wouldnt work here because you have to pay additional "duties" here when things arrive (and the cost of these duties may not make it worth while) also I have heard that the mail service is quite unreliable here.
Interested to hear other thoughts, we've only been here 2 months and I am still working these things out!
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Well I havent set up a re-direction service from the UK to Cairo. But I would have thought that it wouldnt work here because you have to pay additional "duties" here when things arrive (and the cost of these duties may not make it worth while) also I have heard that the mail service is quite unreliable here.
Interested to hear other thoughts, we've only been here 2 months and I am still working these things out!
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Don't bother with setting redirection from UK. I did, never received a single letter in Cairo. As a matter of fact, I have never seen a postman/woman in this country
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Hello I have a follow up question I'm having my family send me some stuff from the U.S. A hard drive and USB flash drives. They are sending it by DHL or FedEX. Is it a straight shot through the postal service or will it get stopped for some kind of Tax. Thanks

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Don't bother with setting redirection from UK. I did, never received a single letter in Cairo. As a matter of fact, I have never seen a postman/woman in this country
could be rehab thing but I agree postal system is useless - HOWEVER i have received one letter since being here in Rehab.

Slightly more reliable to my office in Heliopolis

my advice - dont bother

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I use DHL, the goods are usually opened and inspected, and there is duty, but otherwise no problem.

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Thanks Canuck. Do you know what is is based on? Is a flat tax or based on purchased price? If it is based in purchased price, should I have them send the receipt in the package?

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The only mail I ever received was from the UKgovernment




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The only mail I ever received was from the UKgovernment
I had a PO box but that was in Hurghada....most mail seemed to arrive including ones that i sent to the UK....and no didn't arrive in UK but arrived back in my PO box because i used to put my address on back of envelope. as for duty to be paid...seems to be how they feel on the day as everyone you speak to seems to pay different amounts....but for certain everything that is sent in an envelope larger that the normal sized one will be opened.

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I had a PO box but that was in Hurghada....most mail seemed to arrive including ones that i sent to the UK....and no didn't arrive in UK but arrived back in my PO box because i used to put my address on back of envelope. as for duty to be paid...seems to be how they feel on the day as everyone you speak to seems to pay different amounts....but for certain everything that is sent in an envelope larger that the normal sized one will be opened.
at least yours got somewhere even if it was back home
I wrote out some cards and left them with the money for the postage on the coffee table for my driver to take and post.. about 3 months later I found my cards in the back of a cupboard opened. They had not been sent and the postage had disappeared I can only think that someone thought I had put money in them.
When I complained to my boss I was told I was in the wrong and what did I expect




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