Pods partner with Altezza Travel
Pod tents are pleased to announce that we have signed a distribution agreement with Altezza Travel to bring the full range of Pod tents to Tanzania & Kenya. Pod has been working with Altezza for a number of years designing Extreme tents for use on Mount Kilimanjaro and the exclusive agreement was a natural progression in our relationship.
Altezza Travel offer trips to Mount Kilimanjaro and the custom made Pod tents manufactured for them offer their clients a truly unique camping experience on the Mountain. Their positive client experience has lead to an increase in bookings for Altezza and the tents are now setting the standards and raised the expectations of clients in the region.
Altezza Travel Mount Kilimanjaro experience can be reviewed here
Their site states, You may climb the Mount by several routes, which have been established by the Tanzania National Parks Authority to avoid unauthorized Kilimanjaro hiking and preserve the pristine beauty of the wilderness for the generations to come.
We recommend Lemosho and Rongai routes for novices, Northern Circuit and Machame for the beginners, and Marangu and Umbwe for climbers with prior hiking experience. Camping on all routes except Marangu (where the night stops are in huts).
Altezza will be the exclusive distribution agents in the regions of Tanzania & Kenya for the full range of Pod tents including Pod Elite & Pod Extreme and custom made tents.
We would like to welcome Altezza to the Pod family and look forward to many years of growth and development in the region.
Import Duties & Taxes
We stock Pod’s in a number of global locations including the UK which covers all of the EU countries and also Las Vegas which covers the United States so as we import directly into these locations all the taxes and duties are calculated and covered in the pricing you see on our site.
Outside of these regions however customers are responsible for an localized taxes and duties that their countries might apply and it is their responsibility to pay for these additional costs when the goods arrive.
Around the world different countries apply different rules and rates and these often change so it is difficult to give a definitive answer on the global rates however the EU HS code for our product is 6306220000 and the USA code is 6306.22.9030.
From our recent experience you could expect to see an 18% duty applied into Canada , 15% into Mexico and between 35% & 100% into South America and this doesn’t include and local GST taxes these a purely duty rates so please ensure you investigate the “total” costs that getting your Pod delivered to your location might be.
We do make this clear in both our terms & conditions and also at the cart stage of the order processing and you will be billed for the delivery cost / any return costs and fee applied should you refuse to pay these charges on arrival of the goods into your country.
We can do everything possible to assist you in ensuring our paperwork is correct and as is required for the county of entry and this may result in us asking you for Tax ID numbers or company Tax information however our hands are tied once it arrives and the duties / taxes are due.
If you are in any doubt please contact the sales department prior to placing your order and they will do whatever they can to assist you firstname.lastname@example.org
Pod Extreme Tents
In 2016 we were approached by Altezza travel a travel company who organise and facilitate trips on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, They had seen the Pod Elite range and wondered if they would be suitable for harsh mountain environments. After lengthy discussion we advised them that the Elite range would not be suitable however we had been looking at the possibility of introducing an Extreme range of tents for just such environments.
John Dennis Review of Pods
It was March this year when eyes were first laid on POD tents in a message sent to me via a friend on FaceBook. It instantly caught my eye and knew that it needed investigating. As an adventurer and expeditioner this was a product completely suited for a family adventure we had planned.
Not being one for writing review of products, purely as the amount used, would take a life time.
Pod Tents stocked in the USA
We are pleased to announce that as of July 2016 we now have Pod’s in stock in the USA , While we continue to search for the right retail partners for our products we have decided to use a 3rd party logistics company based in Texas to ensure that our American customers get their Pod’s quickly , efficiently and more importantly shipped at a competitive rate.
Pod’s used to educate & entertain kids
When we set about designing and producing Pod’s we thought we had covered everything the tents could be used for , family camping , Scouts , Military , Disaster relief , Temporary accommodation you name it we thought of it, however a company in England had a different vision for them and they are using them for an amazing interactive learning experience for kids..
GI Gadgets – Facebook Post
GI Gadgets has run a video of Pod’s on its Facebook page this week which has already been viewed by 3.7 Million of their followers and 38,000 people taking the time to comment on it .. They used our drone footage along with a montage of the Pod walk through to compile this into their own format.
Isn’t a black tent hotter inside ?
Seeing as we are continually asked this question we decided to write a blog about it and how from our own tests the answer is no.
When we first decided to produce the tent in black ( so it stood out from the crowd in a sea of green, blue and brown tents that manufacturers seem to choose to produce in) we started by asking why no one else had done it , the initial searches in google seemed to indicate that black would absorb the heat and therefore make it hotter inside. We were confused though because when it comes to clothes its clear that black makes you feel cooler in the sun hence why people in hot countries wear black clothing.
Business Insider piece on Pod’s
The US version of Business Insider has put together a nice video compilation of the Pod tents showing exactly the functionality of the product and its modular inter-connectivity aspects.
It also touches on the height and sheer size of the Pod Maxi which it rightly describes as HUGE..
POD wants you !
Following a successful 12 months for POD’s revolutionary modular tents, which have been featured on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show and most recently in WIRED magazine, the company is now focussing on expanding into global markets with its new Elite range, set to launch early 2016.