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Important Info About Shipping Things from USA to Europe

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:26 pm
by taupo_tiger
hello @all,

when an American sends things to Europe by USPS or by UPS, he has to fill out a "Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note - Form CP 72"

you need a description of the sent goods, a quoted value in us dollars and postage and fees (optional insurance fee)

when a private person in europe receives this sending, the total value
(= value of goods plus postage) should be under USD 30, otherwise the european citizen has to pay import VAT plus customs fees.
Under a total value of usd 30 he has to pay nothing.

for a value of - let us say 140 us dollars, the european community customs fee is approx 4 %, the VAT is approx. 20 %
this causes total fees of approx. 28 eur (approx. 40 usd) the receiver of the goods has to pay

hope this info might be helpful

all the best,

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 4:35 pm
by dcarp

Great information for us Americans to use. I doubt many of us ship overseas very often. The last thing we want to have happen is for a European member to have to fork over $'s to get their prize.


Over seas shipping

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:44 pm
by Bobcat John
Sorry I asked the post office clerk and they help me with every thing even suggesting the value. I will make sure that in the future I will not declare a high value. Send me a PM and how much you had to pay and the exchange rate and I will send the money to you this was my mistake and is not a cost for you to bear.
Thank you for the tip.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:55 pm
by taupo_tiger
hi guys again,

austria is a small country

i often buy things from usa

i know the customs officer personally

so please understand this as a posting for future sendings - i solved this already and did not pay anything

there is one who suffered from this - it isn´t me - and i guess he also doesn´t want to discuss the past
- it´s just an advice for the future so far


all the best,