I am about to send some used personal effects to the US from Europe. I'm sending four boxes of used books and clothes. Each box weighs about 20kg. What should I put on the customs label? In particular, how do I estimate the value of used personal effects? Is it zero? I don't care about insurance/replacement value, I just want to minimize/avoid customs charges. If it matters, I'm in Germany, and will be sending by DHL. I'm a European citizen who will be moving to the US for three years with a J-1 (academic) visa. [more inside]
posted by caek
on Jun 18, 2013 -
I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack
my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jul 1, 2012 -
Seller is in Alberta, buyer (me) is in Pennsylvania. The item is $1,600 US and ships in a big crate... how do I do this correctly? [more inside]
posted by tss
on Dec 6, 2011 -
I have 2 large boxes of used clothing/shoes to ship to the US soon, and the post office employee told me the volume of items would definitely not pass the border unless I have a Certificate of Disinfection. Unfortunately, this document seems non-existent. There is NO information in Google, answers are always something along the lines of, "Ship it in several smaller boxes!"
or "Don't say it's clothing!"
which are avoiding the point: I am trying to do this by the book (legally).
Does anyone have experience with this particularly evasive document, or parameters that would let Customs determine the packages are okay?
Or another way I could *legally* ship the clothing to the US? [more inside]
posted by Geethebluesky
on Mar 28, 2011 -
What's the best way to ship 5-10 boxes of Benadryl from the United States to Scotland? [more inside]
posted by soplerfo
on May 19, 2010 -
Moving from Melbourne, Australia to Nevada, USA. Need to ship a rifle and some knives to collect when I get there. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Eastgate
on Jul 13, 2009 -
I would like to buy a customized HP TX1000z from HP (in lieu of the TX1120us) and have it shipped to Ontario, where I live. Any ideas on how considering HP USA will not ship to me, and HP CA will not sell me one. [more inside]
posted by strangelove
on May 6, 2007 -
Seeking recommendations for international shipping/moving companies. I have a small household's-worth to ship from California to the UK (no furniture that's worth keeping, but a large studio full of stuff). There are many companies online but I know from friends' experiences that these waters are shark-infested.
posted by beniamino
on Jul 20, 2006 -