Important Tips for Gift Shipments

Important Tips for Gift Shipments

Whitney - March 05, 2018

 

There are many countries that allow duty and/or tax-free entry for gift shipments if the value is less than a specified amount. This amount varies from country to country and, in most countries, the shipment must be sent from an individual to an individual – with no company involvement or indication of involvement on the shipping documentation. 


Please note that duty and/or tax-free entry is only available for shipments to countries that recognize special-entry status for gift shipments and there is typically a maximum dollar amount. We encourage you to check the destination country's requirements prior to shipping.

 

The shipping documentation must be clearly marked 'Unsolicited gift - not for resale' and include a detailed description of the item(s). The air waybill must also include a brief description of the contents (e.g., 'Gift shipment of books and men's cotton clothing'). In addition to the general requirements, there are country-specific requirements. 

 

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In addition to the general requirements, please check the specific requirements for the destination country. Always read at length the prohibited & restricted items of each service provider.


Some items include:

  • Perishable foodstuffs and any food item requiring temperature control
  • Alcoholic beverage shipments from an individual to an individual
  • Tobacco shipments from an individual to an individual

 

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