August 12, 2015 by tessaraewilliams
Shipping international packages is a bit different than shipping domestic packages. If you don’t tick the right boxes or put in the right info, your partner could have a hefty fee to pay when they want to pick up your package from the post office. I know filling out forms is an annoyance we all would like to avoid, but in this case it is imperative that you check and double check the form! So here’s some quick tips to save your partner from having to pay for their package!
- On your customs form, mark the package as a gift.
- When writing the value of each item, especially the handmade items, be conservative in your pricing. Now’s not the time to write the retail price for your work!
- Keep the overall value of the package low. I’ve heard different amounts for different countries, but if you keep the overall cost of the package under $35, your partner should be safe. I’ve also heard to keep it under $15 if you didn’t mark it as a gift.
I know that no one would purposely force their partner to pay for their package. Anytime someone gets charged like this, it’s truly just a mistake from the sender. It’s no one’s “fault”, just an unfortunate oversight. So let’s spread the good word about Customs Forms (woohoo! :p) so that we can prevent future mistakes and money wasted.
If you’re interested in learning more about saving money on shipping swap packages, Ros at Sew Delicious has a great blog post about it from an Australian perspective!
If you have anything else to add, more advice/horror stories about shipping/etc, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from people who’ve had first-hand experience with this!