Shipping seasonal gifts.

Shipping seasonal gifts.

At FedEx we make it easy for you to get your shipment documentation just right to meet the customs requirements of each and every country you want to ship gifts to.

What’s a gift?
In most cases gifts are regarded as small, relatively low-cost consignments 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
  • prohibit the importation of some commodities.

To give you an idea of the special rules that apply, here, for example, is how it works for the USA:

Summary of key regulations concerning gift shipments to the USA

  • The maximum permitted value for gift consignments is set at a retail value of USD100 for each individual recipient per day.
  • Gift shipments must either be from an individual to an individual or from a company to an individual. 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 item(s), including whether 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.

Plus a few examples of other countries’ regulations pertaining to gift shipments

UK: Must be sent from an individual to an individual.

Netherlands: Plants and plant material and products of animal origin are prohibited.

Australia: Prohibited in gift hampers: pine cones, wooden ornaments that are manufactured from plant material, fresh fruit, items of meat origin or containing meat, items containing egg or dairy products, items of plant origin (e.g.: decorations made from vine material, wreaths, flowers, potpourri, etc.), un-popped popcorn and nuts.

Philippines: Gift items which are regulated (i.e. cell phones, etc.) need to have import permit from agency concerned. For example an import permit from the local Ministry of Telecommunication would be required for the telecommunication equipment imports.

For more information and advice on how to ship gifts to the USA just click here.

Packing your gift
Pack it right. You can follow the demonstration of a FedEx packaging expert directly online who will give you advice on how to properly package your shipments to make sure they arrive safely and on time for Christmas.

Which FedEx service to ship your gift?
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