Sending boxes to Europe can be accomplished through the services of companies that ship internationally. The law places restrictions on the kinds of products that can be sent to Europe, so you should check the official lists found at the shipping service of your choice. Pack your box well or utilise the shipper's packaging services. Your package will be examined by customs officials in the receiving European country, so identify all contents of the box on the customs form provided by the shipper.
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Things you need
- Packaging supplies
- Packing tape
- Black permanent marker
- Shipping address
- Return address
- Customs form
Consult your shipper for a list of restricted/prohibited products for the destination country. Items such as furs, medical samples, coffee, food and plants generally are not permitted.
Pack your box carefully using bubble wrap, packing peanuts or styrofoam. Most shipping companies offer packaging services for an additional charge. UPS will crate large shipping boxes for an additional charge.
Seal your box with durable packing tape. Do not tie a string around your box. This method is no longer allowed, as the string jams the automated machines used to sort packages.
Label your box in black permanent marker in capital letters with the recipient's name, address and country on the centre front of the box. Write the sender's name, address and country in the left upper corner of the box.
Take your box to a shipping company and give it to the shipping representative. FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) are the three major international shippers. According to the USPS, "When preparing your mail, the most important consideration is its contents. Select the service and get the right packing instructions to send your mail on its way." A worker at the shipping service will weigh the box and explain your mailing and pricing options.
Request and complete the customs form required for international shipping. Include the following on your form: sender's name, address and country; recipient's name, address and country; value of contents; list of contents; quantity of each item listed; insurance being purchased; declaration if the box is a gift, purchase or commercial item; sender's signature; and shipping information (such as weight and method of shipping) filled in by the shipper. There is no charge for a customs form. According to the USPS, "International mail is subject to customs examination in the destination country. The contents and value of an item must be declared on the applicable customs form."
Affix the customs form to the box. Your shipper might do this for you to ensure the correct placement.
Make payment. Charges are based on shipping zones, package weight, box dimensions, destination, time for arrival, insurance and other tracking methods purchased as extra services. Various shipping methods are available; the sooner you want your package to arrive, the more you will pay. Shippers accept major credit cards.
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