I have 2 knives stuck in customs

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  1. Jan 16, 2020 at 6:15 PM #1

    Barmoley

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    Need some help figuring out how to get status for 2 knives from Sweden that are stuck in Chicago. One has been there since 12/20/2019 the other 1/3/2020. I contacted USPS, but they claim that since the knives haven't physically been picked up by USPS, there is nothing they can do. All I have are these

    Your item has been processed through our facility in ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS) at 5:13 pm on December 20, 2019.

    Your item has been processed through our facility in ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS) at 2:45 pm on January 3, 2020.

    Anyone had similar experience and is there anything I can do about this?
     
  2. Jan 16, 2020 at 6:28 PM #2

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    This happened to me once, too. I talked to the postmaster at my little rural post office and she made it her life mission to get my knives to me (there's not too much else to do for her, I imagine). She made a bunch of calls and I had my knives a few days later.
     
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  3. Jan 16, 2020 at 6:52 PM #3

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    Similar experience, yes, but solutions, no. Sometimes U.S. Customs releases packages in a few days on other occasions it can take many weeks. I see no pattern in my own experience and more often than not it looks like they never opened the package. I suspect it may have to do with who's processing queue your knife ends up in. I've dealt with some really nice people in U.S. Customs and a number of others far less nice and considerate.
     
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  4. Jan 16, 2020 at 7:26 PM #4

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    I had similar experience as well. There isn't much you need to do. I had knives stuck at customs many times now. At the end I always received them.
    However if you received the 2nd shipment first before the first shipment passes customs, I would call somebody.
     
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  5. Jan 16, 2020 at 7:31 PM #5

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    Yea ive had this happen a few times. Very frustrating and gives me anxiety for sure, but at the end of the day they all managed to make their way home, even after close to 2 months in some cases. I think theres a link on the usps website where you can escalate things, but it never worked for me as far as them putting any extra effort into looking for the item and they just came when they did.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2020 at 7:49 PM #6

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    I also just had two coming in from Sweden through Chicago customs. On December 18th they were: Processed Through Facility ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS) - and then the next update was Jan 11th when they were at my local post-office, no update in between. They were received safe and sound.

    It is very frustrating, but hopefully yours are right behind mine. I found it best not to think about it much, which is difficult.
     
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  7. Jan 16, 2020 at 8:19 PM #7

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    Thanks guys. Makes me feel a bit better. I've had knives stuck especially from Russia, but not from Sweden before.
     
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  8. Jan 16, 2020 at 8:32 PM #8

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    Happened to me too, from the senders side. Got a package with stones (Austria to Florida) stuck in New York customs for weeks. The were delivered safely but tracking didn’t update anymore, not even upon delivery.
     
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  9. Jan 16, 2020 at 8:37 PM #9

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    Guess a lot of contraband coming in now from Sweden, lol. I've had similar experiences but as you've figured out by now, it's just random bad luck. Upside is that package is safe and you know where it is, fingers crossed it won't be long.
     
  10. Jan 16, 2020 at 8:44 PM #10

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    Barmoley, I'm having the same issue. I have a Dalman stuck at ISC-Chicago since 1/3 as well. I keep checking the tracking and nothing changes. My last Dalman took 11 days to get to me from chicago, but this one is even worse now. Very frustrating.

    On the other hand, stuff from JNS always gets to me (In NY/NJ) in 2 days.
     
  11. Jan 16, 2020 at 8:45 PM #11

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    Coincidentally mine says 2:45 pm on 1/3 as well:

    January 3, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Processed Through Facility

    ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS)
     
  12. Jan 16, 2020 at 8:51 PM #12

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    Damnit, looks like I need to try sorting a deal with some other courier! This has happened on the rare occasion but this is annoying.
     
  13. Jan 16, 2020 at 8:58 PM #13

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    Yeah, I already receive a knife from Australia I bought on 12/30/19, came Monday 1/13

    Not really your fault, usually there are no issues, I guess Chicago decided to take a long break for both Christmas and New Years.
     
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    I agree, I think it has to do with where the packages enter the country and go through customs. For some reason stuff from Sweden goes through Chicago and its always delayed.
     
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  15. Jan 16, 2020 at 9:11 PM #15

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    LAX is also really bad for this
     
  16. Jan 16, 2020 at 9:15 PM #16

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    I had good experience with LAX, Australian stuff comes through LAX. There is most likely no rhyme or reason for any of it.
     
  17. Jan 16, 2020 at 10:01 PM #17

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    I just remembered almost the same exact thing happened with my isasmedjan. It entered the country within 2-3 days of departure. Then, sat in Chicago for 2 1/2 weeks...instead of the tracking updating it was at my door the next morning.
     
  18. Jan 16, 2020 at 10:08 PM #18

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    I've bought 2 knives from CC in Sweden and both got to me within a week.
     
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    Easy answer here—ORD is a time swamp. Expect multiple weeks there, though there are often exceptions.
     
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    Mine (incidentally a Dalman) got stuck at ORD from January 1st to 11th .. but then got kinda lost in USPS and finally delivered 5 days later ..
     
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    Trump is angry because swedes arrested his friend asap rock
     
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    Whatever you do, never ever try to send stuff back to Sweden. Customs loves keeping my knives there for months for no obvious reasons. One reason to keep things domestic I guess... Isasmedjan and Dalman ftw!
     
  23. Jan 18, 2020 at 8:36 PM #23

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    Could be worse ;)
     
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    In the US it's unionized civil service. Welfare with retirement benefits.
     
  25. Jan 20, 2020 at 2:34 AM #25

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    Conspiracy hat on: they might just be using the knives secretly .. I wouldn' t put it past them.
     
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