An expensive lesson is learned today, through yet another experience of getting a package from my mother-in-law.
When she offered to send the kids some clothes, I gladly said yes, especially after I tried to get them clothes here, and found nothing they liked. The kids and I were waiting for their clothes with excitement.
The package finally came today, not alone though. It was accompanied by a big tax bill of 706 RMB! That’s over US $100! Ouch!
I learned later from a friend of mine, also an expat but who has lived in Shanghai longer than us, therefore with more experience. From September 2010, a fee or tax started on all foreign packages with a value of a 100 yuan or so. But there is a way to get around this. Whenever her mom sends her a package, my smart friend always asks her mom to put a value of less than US $10! That way, she does not have to pay an arm and leg when he gets the package.
I was shocked beyond belief that I have to pay this much, especially after my mother-in-law has already paid an expensive UPS fee.
On the plus side, my kids look beautiful in their expensive clothes Grandma bought!