Shipping to Russia

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Darth_Biomech, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Darth_Biomech
    Darth_Biomech New Member
    Is there any news or at least perspectives on that matter? Page on the UPS website about that restrictions is not even exist by now. I wish I could live in normal, civilised country...

    If there is no good news, can you recommend me a bypass route?
  2. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    I'll check into that for you, and get an update from someone who knows.
  3. natalia
    natalia New Member
    Unfortunately due to the very strict customs regulations in Russia, we can not ship there still.

    Russia does not accept packages that carry duty (like from Shapeways) to individuals. this situation is so bad that some carriers, like UPS who we use, have suspended acceptance of dutiable shipments sent to private individuals in Russia until further notice.

    If UPS changes their policy, we will of course be happy to change ours, but for the moment its not possible.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  4. Darth_Biomech
    Darth_Biomech New Member
    So, there is no way I could get print from Shapeways? Crap.
  5. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    No relative, friend or relative of friend who moved to e.g. Germany or Czech republic and would be
    trustworthy and willing to order/accept a parcel for you ? If all else fails, you could become a truck driver,
    carry chanterelle mushrooms or Russian steel across half of Europe and return with a few plastic figurines
    on the dashboard each time :D .
  6. Darth_Biomech
    Darth_Biomech New Member
    Sorry for bumping old thread, but is there any news, I wonder? Because today on UPS website I found this news:
    It is in russian, but basicaly it is about how UPS starts sending their aicrafts directly to Vnukovo airport in Moscow and dated SEPTEMBER 2012. If restriction with shipping to russia is still intact, then it means that this news on official site is fake? Or what? I am lost.
  7. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    Does the russian text say anything about shipping to individuals (as opposed to companies, universities etc) ?
    As far as I remember, the whole problem was always about the huge amount of paperwork required by the
    Russian customs officials for delivery of foreign goods to private individuals, which made UPS, TNT and others
    refuse such deliveries.
  8. Darth_Biomech
    Darth_Biomech New Member
    It is unclear. They refers to customers simply as "clients", and that may both mean individual and company ones.
  9. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    Did you know there are companies that will forward your packages to you in Russia? It's sort of like having a friend in the US or Europe for example and you use your fiends address and they then ship it to you for a small fee.

    Two that I know of are Shipito and Bongo. Both of these ship to Russia.

    I know about these two companies because I did research on this a few years ago for a book I was writing and determined that these two companies were the best ones to use at the time. And now, at least two years later they are both still in business. There are other companies that do this kind of package forwarding so shop around and see if any better companies have come up since I looked into it.
  10. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    LOVE IT!!! :thumbsup:
  11. Darth_Biomech
    Darth_Biomech New Member
    Wow, thanks! I never heard about those. Though this service probably would double costs for shipping, I think it worth a shot.
    blatant self-promotion: if you liked this model, you can check out my DA page too)
  12. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    Amazing gallery! Thanks for posting! :D

    Actually, it's cheaper if you order numerous small things and use combined shipping. They'll store your shipments in their warehouse until you accumulate a number of packages then they will ship it to you in one big box. But for shipping one thing at a time, yeah way more expensive.