“Still at war with customs” — yet another letter from the HZA

To be honest, I’m not looking forward to opening this letter…

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…but there is no way around it.

Well… “THE SAGA CONTINUES!”

In my last letter to the local “HZA” (main customs office), I pointed out that the WS2812B, which they denied me to import from China due to “product safety concerns”, is freely available from DigiKey, RoHS compliant… the whole works.

Today (about 4 weeks later), their reply states:

“Due to your letter from … … … etc. etc. we once again asked the ‘industry control office’ / ‘Trade Supervisory Office’ / ‘public trade supervision’ … for a statement regarding the WS2812B… etc. etc.”

So I guess I’ll have to wait yet another 4 weeks to get a definite answer whether the 5V WS2812B RGB 5050 LEDs are a threat to everybody’s lives in this country and must be destroyed or sent back to China, or if they are as safe as any other plastic / silicon combinations I can buy almost anywhere without restrictions.

I shall wait and see!

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4 Responses to “Still at war with customs” — yet another letter from the HZA

  1. mnt says:

    Started cheating because of the extremely aggravating boneheadedness of the people working at Hauptzollamt. I hope they f*ing die a long and painful death.

    • robert says:

      Well, I don’t wish them an early demise. That would be a bit too harsh I think. But there is absolutely no doubt that the current system is just wrong in so many ways.

  2. Hang in there … I’ve encountered a similar problem yesterday.
    These guy have neither fantasy nor the skill to do some basic internet research.
    I guess you don’t end up at the “Zoll” because of your exceptional skills in deduction and research.

    I spent 3h this week to pick a up 27$ item (which I got for free)from the nearest customs office.

    I’ve posted a little rant here: https://hackaday.io/contest/4200-caption-cern-contest/log/17887-caption-cern-contest-week-14-winner/discussion-26502

    • robert says:

      The people working at HZAs must be part of an army of clones! Having read your rant makes me think I know your “friends” pretty well.

      The ones working at the customs outpost near me always tell me that nobody forces me to deal with them… I could go home anytime, without the parcel of course.

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