Shipping Prints To UK - Question


Joshua Hakin

Link Posted 25/08/2009 - 14:47
Hi all,

I am shipping a print, non-matted non-framed, to the UK for a friend.
Its 13" x 17" and I was thinking of rolling it in a tube to ship.
My question is about customs and duty charges on photos... and I've heard something about writing on the outside "PHOTOS - NOT FOR RESALE"
Whats the protocol for shipping to the UK from Canada?

Thanks

polchraine

Link Posted 25/08/2009 - 15:20
I can understand the NOT FOR RESALE comment which could stop punitive taxes being applied.

However, it will have a basic value based on what you paid for it or the material it is printed on. Provided that value is under £18 then it will not attract duty, VAT or handling charges. Don't go silly and declare a value of Can$1, but something like Can$10 or Can$20.

Also, I would assume it is not something that is covered by various laws on pornographic, obscene or violent material. If it is, it could get confiscated.

As for the shipping container - you may want to move up from a cardboard tube. Think about wrapping the print in tissue paper and then place it into a plastic tube made from 2" or 50mm waste water pipe. It will give it better protection from the postal services.
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greynolds999

Link Posted 25/08/2009 - 17:42
If this is a gift (genuinely) then you mark it as such and it will not be subject to charges. Bear in mind there is a reasonable chance that customs may wish to open it so don't make it so it can't be re-sealed effectively.
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gartmore

Link Posted 25/08/2009 - 18:26
I always thought 'Printed Material' did the trick
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polchraine

Link Posted 25/08/2009 - 18:28
greynolds999 - being a gift does not matter. If it is over £18 then duty and VAT can be levied if they decide to.
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K20D, *istD, MZ-S, Super-A, ME Super, MX
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, DA* 300,
DA 50-200, FA 24-90, FA 20-35,
M 400-600, A 50 f1.4, A 28 f2.8, A 70-210, M 35-80, M 50 f1.7
A x2S teleconverter and a few others ...

Joshua Hakin

Link Posted 25/08/2009 - 19:40
Hmmm interesting.
Thanks for the info... I decided to ship it flat in bubble envelope and cardboard stiffener.
I hope they dont open it since I always tape a cover sheet of paper over the print... makes a pocket for the print to slide into, and I print my logo on the outside paper.
I will declare it as a gift, which it is... and value it at paper cost.
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