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iconnumber posted 06-01-2008 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there somebody who is able to give some information about posting postal parcels from USA to Europa. The reason why I ask this is that I will try this for the first time. So I don't have a lot of information about this.

Some questions about this posting are:

  • Is it necessary to insurance the parcel?
  • Do you have to pay taxes when it is imported?
  • How long will it take out of America to Holland?
  • Which important thinks I have to think about?

Thank you very much,

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iconnumber posted 06-01-2008 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clive E Taylor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can only advise as regards the UK, but I think it will probably be very much the same for the rest of the European Community.

As far as I know there is no requirement to insure a package, but if it gets lost, do not ask for compensation! Knowing postal insurance it's probably a waste of time even if insured.

You will need to make out a declaration for Customs purposes, the form will be given you by your carrier or postal service.

This will ask for brief description of contents, whether a gift or commercial item and the value.

So far its easy.

Some counties totally ban the postal import of silver. I know Austria is one. Some can be very pernickety and insist on an assay and marking done on even small antique items. The UK does not bother, but I have an idea the Netherlands may do so.

In the UK if the item is declared at any figure under around USD 35 (£17) it is allowed in free of duty and VAT. But if they open a package and find a few thousand pounds worth - everyone is in deep trouble.

Antique silver imported into the UK, like all antique items, now carries a 5% duty. Unfair, especially as the items I get in are all English made originally! The killer however is that you also pay a handling fee, which last time was around USD 50. So an item I imported at a declared value of USD 40 cost me USD 2 duty, plus USD 50 handling. And this takes them weeks to sort out. It made the item, which was worth at most USD 50 very expensive!

I find avoiding using the word silver, and calling everything "collectable vintage secondhand XXXX" saves many problems.

But anything major mis-description could lead you into problems .

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iconnumber posted 06-01-2008 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Clive E Taylor,

Thank you a lot for your good information. I'm helped a lot with it. Good to know all these facts.

The object it concerns, I can buy in New York and has for me any historical value.

It's a Chinese dish with a silver handle.

The dish (17th century)is repaired but that doesn't matter, the handle is recognized for dutch production.(silver mark with the walking lion and the figure 2, 833/1000 silver, second alloy. The handle is made in the early 19th century.

So it is a combination of two styles, Chinese ceramic and silver.

I will also visit the post-office to get still more information but I'm helped with yours, a lot.


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iconnumber posted 06-02-2008 02:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Holland is the one place I have had packages go astray. A large tray spent 8 months wandering the countryside before being delivered. Insurance is a means of making the Post Office pay attention to the package. Insured items are taken more seriously than uninsured. It increases the chance of going through.

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iconnumber posted 06-03-2008 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Thank you for your good information also, I'm beginning to doubt if I will and can wait for such a long period. But now I know all about the way it goes with the post, so I'm helped a lot.


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