Help with Overseas Shipping Advice

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  1. Jemlite

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    I posted this in the Pub earlier today with no luck, but I need a plan tonight so I'll try here:

    I just bought an old wah from a guy in France and am trying to make shipping go smoothly.

    Any recommendations to shippers and how to avoid Customs bummers?

    Help is greatly appreciated, I have to get back to him with my instructions asap.

    Thanks. :) :) :)
     
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    Have it shipped as gift or with a lower value.
     
  4. Jemlite

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    Thanks.

    Does anyone know the max value I can claim? I would prefer to get insurance on it but don't need getting stuck with extra tax. Let alone have it sit in customs for a month.

    Any shipper recomendations? Is regular mail ok?

    This thread seems to be a dull one. Any advice is appreciated.
     
  5. blueprint

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    Ask the shipper to send the parcel "en envoi recommandé"
    It's a very safe and fast way for us.
    You can also ask him to use the same service with "remise contre signature", meaning you'll have so sign up a form to get the parcel. More expensive, but this way everyone knows the pedal is at it's new home.
    Both are shipped via airmail. And yes, "regular" mail is ok; very serious and reliable in France.
    Concerning customs, the sender will have to fill a small sticker. They used to be green, but new ones are white... Ask him to write "guitar parts", or "guitar pedal", value:$30.
    Personnally, I do not use "gift" as can be suspicious, but at such a small value you won't pay any fees.
    Hope this helped.
    You can ask me more questions if you like; I have some experience in the domain...;)
     
  6. Jemlite

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    Right on. Many thanks Bruno. :BEER

    Since you have done this kinda thing. How much would you expect to pay for shipping something like a Wah to the US? The seller was guessing about $20.

    Also, what have you found is the usual shipping time for a Priority Mail with the Post Office?
     
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    Cost will be higher with a heavier package...
    This said, $20 is honest. For a ligh pedal (Ibanez, Lovepedal...), it's more or less $15.
    Regarding time, you will see your pedal within a week, or ten days. It's difficult to go faster overseas. Priorty mail is ok as far as I know.
    Oh, one more thing: Insurance is function of declared value. So, "recommandé" is strongly recommended (!!!). Actually, it means registered in english.
    A faster service would be "Chronopost international", but I think it will be much more expensive. It's the same service as Global Priority Airmail in the States;
    Anything more?:D
     
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    I usually pay $20 to have regular sized pedals shipped to the UK form the US, so $20 for a wah is pretty good.

    Where was the pedal made?
    If it is of US origin and he marks that on the package it will be exempt from import duty.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    The pedal is a late 60's Italian CryBaby. Very cool.
     

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