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OuThis presentShipping International Issues by Andy Cooperman discusses the many variables when shipping across international borders.

The handout and additional presentations can be found at two locations:
SNAG Professional Development Seminar
http://www.snagmetalsmith.org/resources-opportunities/professional-development/professional-development-seminar/

Professional Development Seminar on my web site:.
http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/profguidelines/ProfDevSeminar.html

Information about STOPPING copycat items that infringe on your copyright can be found in this article "CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION" at: http://copyrightcollaborative.com/customs-border-patrol/

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  • Well, it seems that the topic of International Shipping has fallen to me: I drew the short eel. This is a slippery subject It seems that everyone has a different understanding of the rules that govern the shipping of artwork, including jewelry, what is required and what is expected. To say that it is convoluted would be a gross understatement  
  • Well, it seems that the topic of International Shipping has fallen to me: I drew the short eel. This is a slippery subject It seems that everyone has a different understanding of the rules that govern the shipping of artwork, including jewelry, what is required and what is expected. To say that it is convoluted would be a gross understatement  
  • Just when I think that I have it….. it slips away.   This topic has burned me before: Several years ago I shipped several jewelry pieces to a show in Japan. For exhibition only. I shipped FedEx, crossed all my I’s and dotted my t’s. It cost me $250 to “ransom” my work out of US customs upon their return. No arguing. …..  
  • The big difference in shipping internationally--the BIG issue--is LSD: Loss, Seizure (by foreign or US customs), Damage and-- DUTY. It will, in the end, cost you more than domestic and is dicier…. IF YOU ARE SHIPPING SOLD WORK TO AN OVERSEAS CLIENT, BE SURE THAT THEY UNBDERSTAND THAT ALL DUTIES AND VATS ARE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY!!!!!!
  • Know your country!! THE EELS start piling up when we look at the variety in duties, the maximum insurance a shipper will allow and the variety of regulations in each country.. One supplier told me that to ship an oak bench to Australia, you cannot use a cardboard crate, the bench must be fumigated and the palette heat -treated. All certified and all costs added to the price of the bench. That’s w/out shipping. I may be shipping a piece for exhibition to Thailand. Speaking with the post office, I found this little tidbit on the International Shipping portion of the USPS website…
  • You will need a COMMERCIAL INVOICEC for goods sold and in some cases for goods shipped for exhibition. Those are the 2 basic scenarios… I broke this invoice into 2 sections. To show you the HARMONIZED CODE— which is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers for classifying traded products developed and maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO). Choosing the correct code and DESCRIBING THE CONTENTS CORRECTLY ARE KEY….
  • The goal is to not raise any red flags! The word “jewelry” will pretty much guarantee a closer look. The dark yellow illustrates an example of words chosen carefully---AND—the conflicting advice offered by colleagues. Basically 2 camps: Total Honesty (with carefully chosen words) and Less Than Honest…..
  • If you are shipping work for exhibit --at a show or fair-- without intent to sell, there is the CARNET. A carnet is a guarantee to a foreign country that the items listed are not for sale and will leave the country. They smooth things out. BUT THEY ARE NOT CHEAP, they start at $300 US w/out shipping & insurance….. Still, the cost may end up being cheaper than duties, etc. If your work is of high value--For a lot of work, they can make sense.      
  • carnets make sense when goods are of high value or will tour to multiple countries. Maybe you are showing and shipping work with colleagues. CAN YOU POOL WORK? Should the item unexpectedly sell, the carnet holder (seller) is responsible for taxes and duties. ITEMS CAN MOVE BETWEEN SIGNITORY COUNTRIES! I should say that It is possible, w/out a carnet, to pay the import duties, etc and then receive a refund (less some small %) upon the items leaving the country but it is very complicated.
  • Here are some terms… CUSTOMS BROKERS and FREIGHT FORWARDERS CAN REALLY HELP.
  • Shipping w/ THE BIG 3 will pretty much guarantee a customs duty…. (except with a Carnet)… The most frequently endorsed International Shipping choices are FedEx and the good ole USPS… Although FedEx and UPS insurance can be dicey--domestic or international--when we talk about jewelry.    
  • If you choose to obtain a Carnet– a resource is on your handout– it is best to contact the FedEX Trade Network. Otherwise, inquire with FedEx International  
  • Many, many people choose to ship with USPS with these 2 services. Global Express Guaranteed is run by FedEx.. So it may get hung up in customs. The second choice is the most popular. Little insurance, choose the best descriptive words. ENDICIA is a subscribable service that offers downloadable software that puts all the USPS forms necessary at your fingertips.    
  • Many, many people choose to ship with USPS with these 2 services. Global Express Guaranteed is run by FedEx.. So it may get hung up in customs. The second choice is the most popular. Little insurance, choose the best descriptive words. ENDICIA is a subscribable service that offers downloadable software that puts all the USPS forms necessary at your fingertips.    
  • As I said: Information can be contradicting.  
  • In the end, it may not be that complicated after all….. If you want to ship internationally in an above board, by the book way, it’s gonna cost you. Either the cost of a carnet (on higher value items--over $100,000-- or in duties and tariffs. And it’s gonna cost you both ways: out of the US and coming back in.   MY DECISION? I’LL PROBALY GO USPS, LOW INSURANCE, SHIPPED TO A RESIDENCE…….. THE OTHER WAY DID NOT WORK…….  
  • Well, it seems that the topic of International Shipping has fallen to me: I drew the short eel. This is a slippery subject It seems that everyone has a different understanding of the rules that govern the shipping of artwork, including jewelry, what is required and what is expected. To say that it is convoluted would be a gross understatement  

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