It seems to be different stories from different people. Maybe its designed to ship from whatever the closest facility is. In my case the closest facility is just over the border from me. If they do charge import I'll be angry, but it'll arrive today or tomorrow hopefully.
I agree I wouldn't want my laptop going threw that but I think all distribution services are automated now. I've heard a few stories of really expensive machines getting thrown in the back of delivery vans,left out in snow and rain its the world we live in. Sad but true