Posting Us Squares
21 November 2015
Please hold your parcels. The Bryanston Post Office is once again experiencing difficulties. Ronda has written about the problems HERE.
All squares need to be securely packaged and sent to :
Private Bag X900,
Bryanston 2021, South Africa
CUSTOMS SLIPS COMPLETION
Knit-a-Square South Africa operates on a shoestring budget. Donations are used to keep the operation running and help to cover the cost of KasVan fuel for the distributions, expenses incurred in keeping the office running, and a myriad of other small expenses each month.
One of the expenses that Ronda has to deal with is the charge levied by the South African Customs and Excise. Some of these are unavoidable. But frequently a high dollar value is listed on the declaration. This means a higher tax must be paid when accepting the parcel.
Knit-a-Square South Africa cannot afford these high charges.
THEREFORE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE TAKE GREAT CARE IN FILLING OUT THE CUSTOMS SLIP.
Please declare '0' or 'I' as the parcel value. Anything more incurs customs fees.
Before mailing any parcels, be sure to read the instructions in the
ZERO TOLERANCE - WE NEED YOUR HELP discussion at
It is very important that parcels are sent to South Africa by mail. Please do not send anything by a courier service as this causes huge problems and expense for Ronda and the team.
See the discussion at: http://forum.knit-a-square.com/forum/topics/use-of-courier-services...
Please use the address label and "Bona Fide Gift for Charity Only" declaration found at:
on ALL your parcels.
If this declaration is missing, our South African volunteers pay the postal office extra, unnecessary import duty!
For the most up-to-date postal rates for various size packages from various countries see the discussion at International Postal Mailing Instructions and Current Rates
In general, the least expensive way to post, is by Surface Mail. This is available from Canada, the UK and Australia. It takes longer for parcels to arrive, but since there is a constant flow of packages coming in, this is not an issue. All parcels from the USA are shipped airmail (no surface mail available).
It it is practical for you, try to use soft-sided packaging rather than boxes (as boxes attract a small additional postage duty) and, where possible, use packaging which can be easily recycled. Brown packing paper is great! It is okay if you need to use boxes or other forms of packaging though, so don't worry if that is all you have available.
The South African team has requested that you enclose a packing slip with your name, country of origin, email address, and a list of contents.
Parcel opening days are very busy and hectic so this saves the team a lot of time whilst having to record the contents for the Square Lists.
We have made this easy for you by creating a page which includes both a packing slip and mailing label ready to print off.
Find them in the Packing Slip discussion.
To find out if your squares have arrived, please check the Square Lists at KAS Website Square Lists
Please do not be concerned if it seems to take 3 or 4 months for your name to appear on the lists. It takes several weeks for surface mail to arrive, plus the time to unpack and record the parcels in South Africa.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT MAILING
1. Please do not register or insure your parcels, packages or boxes.
2. Please do not give a dollar value on the parcels (or only the minimum amount as instructed by your post office). Remember Knit-a-Square pays minimal duty on most large parcels arriving. However, even just a small dollar value on a parcel attracts far higher duties. Parcels/packages and boxes continue to arrive safely without any registration or dollar values appended to them.
3. Please do not send parcels over 20kg (44lbs) from Australia, Canada or the United States of America, or parcels over 30kg (66lbs) from the UK.
4. Please send your squares flat (not folded). If you are sending a large number of squares, it is helpful for the unpacking team if they are bundled into 5s or 10s to make counting easier.
5. All 'ends' need to be darned in, and the 20" (50cm) 'tail' for sewing the squares together, should be butterflied* to avoid tangling during the unpacking process.
*How to ’butterfly the tail’ is as easy as 1, 2, 3 .
Use contrasting yarn and follow the directions:
6. Please wrap your squares and crocheted or knitted items in a polythene bag, bubble wrap, Tyvek or postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. Tape your parcels well.
7. A NOTE ABOUT "SLIP-INS" - frequently, KasFolk sent items in their parcels that we call "slip-ins". These are soft toys & teddies. It is most important that all commercial packaging, labels, price tags etc are removed. Once this is done, the item qualifies as 'used' and will not attract duty. It is not necessary to declare these items on a customs slip since they have No Commerical Value.
We would like to thank you for contributing and hope very much that you will soon see your efforts making a child warm.
We welcome you into our friendly, sharing and warm knit-a-square community, so please take a moment to join our friendly Forum - our meeting place where we share ideas, answers questions and make new friends from around the world.
If you subscribe to our free online newsletter, KasSnippets, you will be able to enjoy photographs of your parcels arriving, the wonderful volunteers who open the mail, sort and record it, as well as the children wearing their warm blankets after they are distributed.