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    Shipping to faceup artist in Europe

    Hi all!

    Question: Have any of you shipped your dolls from the US to a faceup artist in Europe? How does the customs situation work? Obviously it's not a sale of the doll and it's going to come back, but how do the customs know that?

    Would you have insurance?

    Would you declare the value of the doll?


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    Shipping to faceup artist in Europe

    I shipped to Russia. The first time I shipped the package I got insurance for $1,500USD (max available), marked that value (had to for insurance to apply) and marked as a gift.

    That package had to be returned to me because they wanted to charge the face up artist $300ish in customs (even though marked as a gift).

    I resent my package with no insurance, value $20, marked "Barbie doll head" and gift. Risky but the package went through.

    Customs has no category whatsoever for this kind of package, so you might as well put Gift IMO. But if the value is too great they will charge anyways.
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    Mine went to Russia also but there was not an issue, and I have no earthly idea why there wasn't.

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    Shipping to faceup artist in Europe

    Thank you!

    Sabrina, did you also ship just the head?

    I'll be shipping the whole doll... But customs would never assume that a doll could possibly cost more than a $100, right? )) That's my hope.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mekare View Post
    Thank you!

    Sabrina, did you also ship just the head?

    I'll be shipping the whole doll... But customs would never assume that a doll could possibly cost more than a $100, right? )) That's my hope.


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    I can only speak for the UK, but here, they are well aware of the value of the dolls, and will charge 20% of the value stated on the package in import duty. Also, if they suspect an unusually low value has declared they can decide to impose duty on their own valuation of the item. They don't always do the latter, but it can happen (it has happened to me!). It's unfortunate, but so far I have found no way around it. It also does not make any difference if you mark it as a gift, as if it's over a certain amount, they will charge regardless.

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    Shipping to faceup artist in Europe

    Good to know! I'll be shipping to France. Anyone shipped there before?

    Also, could you be technically taxed twice? When you send it there and when it's sent back to you? 😁


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    Mmmhh I was told something recently, that because the "gift" option was really abused, as soon as they see it it's like a red flag on it for the postal service customs....
    Not sure if it's true but it came from an "insider" so I think it was reliable.......
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    It is difficult to ship items to Foreign Countries. Anything can happen to a parcel when it is in transit. Especially when it's Marina's dolls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mekare View Post
    Good to know! I'll be shipping to France. Anyone shipped there before?

    Also, could you be technically taxed twice? When you send it there and when it's sent back to you? 😁


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    Dolls aren't taxed coming into the US, but France has a very hefty customs fee- I seem to recall that it is over 20% of the stated value. And understating the value is dangerous because you then may be limited in how much insurance you can recover if something goes missing.

    I would be afraid to send my doll abroad. Six months ago I had an irreplaceable package to the Netherlands go missing somewhere in between our customs and theirs. I am positive the fault was on the USPS but a lengthy investigation revealed nothing.

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    Mekare- I shipped the whole doll and insured her for 2500 USD. I really am uncertain why there wasn't a problem with customs in Russia. I have shipped a doll to France and the recipient was charged a hefty customs fee (I insured for 800 USD, but also marked her as a gift). The recipient was keeping the doll though.

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