Worried About Shipping Seasonal Gifts?Don’t! – We’ll Help You Get It Right
In the rush leading up to the busy Christmas and New Year shipping season it’s easy to make mistakes in your shipping documentation.
But we make it our business to help you get your shipment documentation spot on to meet the Customs requirements of each and every country you want to ship gifts to.
In most cases gifts are regarded as small consignments of a non-commercial nature sent from an individual to an individual, or from a company to an individual, and which are intended solely for personal or family use.
But it’s very important that you know that there are many differences in how countries:
- define what constitutes a genuine gift;
- grant duty and tax free exemptions; and
- prohibit the importation of some commodities.
To give you an idea of the special rules that apply to just one country, the USA, look at the summary below which sets out the most important regulations concerning the importation of gifts.
Summary of key regulations concerning gift shipments to the USA
- The maximum permitted value for gift consignments is set at a retail value of US$100.00 for each individual recipient per day.
- Gift shipments must either be from an individual to an individual or from a company to an individual. Shipments sent from one business to another business are always treated as commercial imports, and never treated as gifts.
- Every gift shipment must be clearly identified as such.
- The following information must appear on accompanying invoices:
(a) the complete name, address and phone number of both the shipper and the consignee;
(b) a full description of the product(s), which must also clearly state whether the item is home-made or shop-bought.
- Consolidated gift shipments must show the name of each individual receiving a gift, the nature of the gift item(s) concerned, and the value of each item being shipped. The maximum ceiling per individual receiving gifts is set at US$100.00.
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