How-To Buy Direct
This is useful information for understanding the process and costs associated with a personal direct buy between you and the manufacturer (even if SIEG declines to sell direct to you). If you want the SX3 now, this may be the way to obtain one.
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"How One Person Got An SX3 and C6B/550 With Stands
From firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Apr 3 22:19:25 2006 (http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/SIEG-SX3-C6B/)
2. SIEG appears to be fitting its machinery with motors that are 120V 50/60Hz. Be sure to tell SIEG it's for North America.
3. Make a wish list with descriptions and P/N's and print it out so that you can cross check with the catalog. Some of the SIEG accessories have -A, -B, -C at the end of the P/N's so be sure it's correct on what you want.
4. For a "Port of Entry" there are a few things to consider. If you are close to several POE's the shipping company can and will off load the container at one POE and truck it to another POE. You will be charged for this when you pay the Import Broker. You really do not have any control over this but be aware. Try to choose a major POE as trying to get it released at your local POE can add more $$$.
5. Make contact with SIEG sending your wish list, POE choice along with
specifications for North America and ask for a quote. They will
6. On e-mailing your contact at SIEG be VERY simple in telling them what you need. Do not use street phrases, difficult wording or any wording even slightly demanding something. SIEG employees take offense very quickly and easily to anything they interpret as authoritative and will tell you in a return e-mail.
7. You will receive a quote back from SIEG listing what you have
8. If they have left off some things send a brief polite e-mail listing what it is you need prices for.
9. If in any e-mails they mention any holidays be sure to say something about it in the next e-mail such as "I hope you have a wonderful time at the bloated monkey festival". A little personalization goes a long way in such matters but do not over do it.
10. If the quote e-mailed has everything you want ask for a Formal Quote. You will receive a "Pro Forma Invoice" which will list what you are ordering along with the ocean freight. In this e-mail will be SIEG's bank information and the name of the Freight Forwarder who will handle your cargo off the ship.
11. To do a wire transfer you can use your bank or stock broker if you have one.
What follows is the Bank information for SIEG along with other information;
1. After you complete the wire transfer e-mail SIEG informing them of the
transfer. You will also need to attach a copy of the wire
2. After several days you will receive an e-mail confirming the payment and a date of departure for your machinery.
3. Once your ship has sailed a week later you will receive an envelope with some documents from SIEG. VERY IMPORTANT! Do not lose these or you will not be able to clear customs. Inside will be an Invoice, Packing List and Bill of Lading.
4. During this time you will also receive a fax called a "Booking
5. About 3 days before your ships arrival you will receive a fax called an "Arrival Notice". Read it carefully as it will tell you the Port of Discharge along with the Final Destination each with an ETA. This is where trucking charges can happen if the Discharge Point and Final Point are different. Also the fax will show "Freight Charges" which is really the document fee for using the freight forwarder. You will have to pay this charge before the cargo is released.
6. Since your cargo goes to a freight terminal you will have a set
7. At this point you will need to hire an Import Broker who is a go
8. Call the Import Broker and tell him you are a one time importer with goods over $2000 if that applies. The $2000 is the maximum you are allowed to import without a customs bond. If your cargo is over $2000 then the bond costs $40 payable to your Import Broker. He will fax to you a Power of Attorney to allow him to act on your behalf in dealing with customs. He will question you about what it is you are bringing in to assign a tariff classification to. Tell him either mill for metal removal or lathe for metal removal making sure he knows either is not CNC which is taxed at a much higher rate. My broker used 8466.93.9585 which was taxed at 4.7%
9. You will need to fax to your Broker your Bill of Lading marked
10. The Broker will contact you when Customs has released the shipment. Brokers can be picky about how they are paid. Many will not take plastic but will take cash. The Freight Forwarder also has to hear from your Broker to release the shipment also so be sure your Broker gets paid quickly. I learned quickly that the relationship between Brokers and Forwarders can be testy for whatever reasons in the past. Your Broker has to fax a release to the Forwarder so they can release the shipment but they can put it off unless you give them a reminder telephone call.
11. Once you have paid your Broker at his office he will give you your customs bond, and several receipts along with a release notice where your cargo is located. Usually the Import Brokers and freight terminals are located in the same neighborhood so the drive is quick.
12. When you arrive at the freight terminal do not go to the dock rather locate the office sometimes called "Driver Check In" or something similar. The lady in the office will need the release notice your broker gave you along with money for transport and loading.
13. Now go to the dock and locate the foreman or supervisor. DO NOT ENTER the warehouse unless you want to be yelled at loudly by everybody. Drivers and anybody else are not allowed into the terminal as there is usually a section for bonded shipments which are totally off limits. Give the guy in charge the receipt the lady had marked with her Jane Doe and patiently wait on the dock for a forklift to show up with your first crate. Tell the operator where you have parked (nearby I hope) and he will load the crate into your vehicle. He will then get the rest of your shipment and try to load everything into your truck. After everything has been loaded be sure and tip the operator something like $20 because warehousing is extremely hard work and he is doing you a favor by just putting it in your truck. They are only obligated to bring it out and set it on the ground near your truck.
14. I hope you brought tie-downs? If you did securely lash down the crates to prevent movement. 500 lbs sliding as you hit your brakes can ruin anybody's day.
15. Go Home.
16. Tell your strong buddies your have beer if they help you unload some boxes. Don't tell them they weigh 500 lbs or they won't show up. Try to use an engine hoist to unload the crates as they are heavy and can't be horsed around unless you have muscle.
17. After unloading open the crates and do a visual inspection for water damage,
cracked castings or anything else. Do an inventory making sure you received all
of the accessories you had ordered. The word "crate" used in the Bill of Lading
is misleading as 3 of the 6 "crates" were cardboard boxes several of which burst
open and had been taped shut. Nothing was missing though.
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