It appears that I have picked up a commission for a set of my
wedding rings for a couple in the UK.
I have never needed to ship my work to Europe before.
This commission is in the early stages of taking place and I have
not really had much opportunity to do any research yet regarding the
process or the expenses involved in shipping jewelry to the UK (ie.
duty or other fees that might be involved).
I would greatly appreciate any thoughts or suggestions that you
Shipping to UK and Germany is like clockwork for me. What are your
concerns? The only thing I don’t like is the shipping cost when I
buy things fromAcross the pond. DHL from Germany to USA is very
high. I’ve paid nearly 40 Euros for shipping packages not that
I am in Canada and get parcels sent to me from all over the world. I
cannot imagine why your parcel would not reach your friend. A parcel
with tracking is a safer bet in any case. Check with another person
at your local postal station. Your friend may have to pay GST or HST.
These are are similar to Value Added Taxes. If it is a gift mark the
customs part of the mailing label claerly as such and some supporting
letter inside will help. Gifts are not subject to these taxes.
Further to that if the value of the item is not very much Canada
customs will not make the effort to collect a very small amount.
Write to me privately and I will be even more helpful.
I was told, in person, by a FedEx friendly rep. the following “don’t
state any value above $100.00!” Just write it’s a “Costume Window
Display”! Those were HIS words, not mine…!!! “You must have a generic
description and be very evasive on it’s value”.
I’m not telling you what to write, but suggesting other ‘options’.
I would recommend airsure signed for or one of the couriers. As for
taxes, the recipient will have to pay duty and VAT on the value of
the godds, including shipping costs. There is a customs form which
has a box forentering the 11 digit tariff code if you know it so the
packet doesnt have to be opened to determine what it is. The
alternative is to risk ordinary airmail and use the green customs
sticker you attach to the packet and tell an outrageous lie as to
what the contents are such as piston rings and then put the value as
less than $20 and it will most likely just be waved through the
customs shed. Problem with that is if it gets intercepted you are
properly stuffed. Nick Royall