Customs has detained our cargo; Backerkit closed.
Dear Team Doublesix,
1) Backerkit is closed and credit cards have been charged. You can't change your order (though you can still update/edit your mailing address).
2) The dice are in the US (at a Container Freight Station in NJ), but are being held up in customs (the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) wants to open up the container and take a look, but we have to first wait in line for what could be several weeks. And no, they are not a superhero group).
3) First reviews are in. Two China-based backers got their dice (directly from Longbright). "They are awesome...satisfied with the quality" said one backer (plus his full review below), and "they are beyond great," said they other.
4) Next steps will included passing the CET exam and paying for it, before trucking the dice to Baltimore.
1) Backerkit orders are closed, and credit cards have been charged.
- Mailing addresses are still open for updating and editing. Those will lockdown when I have the dice ready to ship.
- At the moment, 39 credit cards have been declined. Folks should have gotten an email asking them to update their credit card info.
- There are still 311 Lost Backers.
- Turns out that Backerkit, though it is locked-down, will still allow the Lost Backers to come home. So I guess I could have locked down Backerkit some time ago without my fear that the Lost Backers would be locked out. Sorry about all the unnecessary drama and hassle of keeping the Backerkit open.
- The dice arrived in NYC on Aug 24th, one day behind schedule (there was a delay in the Suez canal). Econocaribe is our consolidator (works with Sam) and charged $332 so far.
- Next, the container went under a non-intrusive VACIS exam (Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System), which uses gamma ray technology to find contraband (like guns, drugs, currency, and Haitian goat hide drums).
- Apparently, I will have to pay for this exam, as well as any trucking required to get to the exam site. If a full container exam is about $350, my charge (portion) should be a fraction of that.
- Probably based on the VACIS exam, for whatever reason, our container has now been flagged by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) for an intensive and intrusive physical exam by the CET (Contraband Enforcement Team).
- The container will next be moved to an off-site CES (Customs Examination Station), where it will be placed in a queue to be physically unloaded and inspected.
- The container may be in line for a week or more. Doug, our resident Backer shipping expert, checked and thinks it could be several weeks.
- This intensive exam can cost me from $500 to well over $1000, which includes a fee to the steamship line for having one of their containers tied up.
- I am not sure about this, but maybe I won't have to pay anything, but will still have to wait, if a separate cargo in the container is being intensively inspected (and not the dice).
- Here is a great summary of these exams HERE, and an article and in depth discussion in comments HERE.
Track the container:
- You can track our container on the Econocaribe website. In the top right, under Cargo Tracking, choose "LCL Imports Container #," and then enter SMLU-851545-8. For cargo details, the House Bill # is KPNYK02510.
- At the moment, the container is at a CFS (Container Freight Station) in Secaucus, NJ.
Why did we get flagged?
- Not sure. Could be our cargo, where a no-name, first-time individual like me is trying to get a shipment of half a million funny-looking dice delivered to a home address near Washington, DC. As Doug said, though, we will never know.
3) Full Review of Dice:
- "I am satisfied with the quality. I am not saying they are the best dice I got, but compared to my 12mm and 16 mm chessex borealis and gemini, I say they are on the same level in quality. The unique design of double 6 does add a ring to it. I pledged for the bulk and the marble ones are my favorate. The colorful ones are nice when they are mixed. And my 50 ivory ones are generally OK. Prabably the large propotion of white color makes it easier to find the little flaws on pips as they are painted manually."
4) Next steps, as estimated by Doug.
- Container moves from NJ to Baltimore
- Container is placed in a customs warehouse in Baltimore
- Container is unpacked and Matt's shipment is put in a cage
- Fedex is notified of the location and arrival
- Fedex works with Customs to get release on the shipment
- Customs warehouse verifies that all fees are paid to all parties
- Fedex gains release of the shipment
- Fedex sends a truck to pick up the shipment
- Shipment is loaded on a Fedex vehicle
- Shipment is delivered to Matt