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Shipping stuff to Italy

Post by magicmisprints » Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:34 am

What shipping services are people using from USA to Italy? It's been a while since I sent anything there, but I remember it was a real pain, and that there was great concern about postal misappropriation.

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Post by l0qii » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:05 am

Registered mail via USPS. it's a little slow, but the cheapest way to send with a tracking number.

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Post by kalimno » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:55 am

Italian members can correct me if I am wrong but I believe the real problem is that trading cards are in same status as playing cards, and they are not allowed through Italian customs. That is the main reason many cards do not reach their destination.

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Post by ende73 » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:13 pm

kalimno wrote:Italian members can correct me if I am wrong but I believe the real problem is that trading cards are in same status as playing cards, and they are not allowed through Italian customs. That is the main reason many cards do not reach their destination.
Yes it is advisable you describe the item as "collectable cards / toys" rather than "trading cards" or "gaming cards", since gaming cards (i.e. Poker cards and the like) are theoretically prohibited as imports (due to very old laws).

Apart from that, registered airmail with tracking number (USPS) works just fine in 99% of cases, but does take 15-25 days for delivery.

If you're in a hurry you should use UPS or FedEx, agreeing with the buyer about insured / declared value, since this value is taxed about 25% in VAT and duties, and if the parts involved aren't aware of this it can cause some trouble and complaints.

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Post by magicmisprints » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:03 am

Thanks for the tips, guys.. registered sounds like the way to go.

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Post by Magic61983 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:12 pm

If it's a high dollar item I usually go FedEx. It runs about $50 which is a bit much but it's better safe then sorry on anything over $1000 I'd say.
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Post by Super_Morphling » Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:57 am

Italian customs usually hold and tax high-value packages, so the best shipping method it's registered with a fishy value of 10$ on it.

Regular airmail with a low value it's ok too, for small transactions.

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Post by mystical_tutor » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:43 pm

Don't forget. If it is older cards they were made in Belgium and not subject to VAT. This has to be noted on the customs lable though. I have had no problem with boosters and decks that plainly say made in Belgium but I imagine singles might be a problem.

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Post by Super_Morphling » Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:26 pm

Good to know, thank you Tutor :)

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Post by mystical_tutor » Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:06 am

Super_Morphling wrote:Good to know, thank you Tutor :)
I must quickly say, however, that I have never mailed to Italy. This has worked for Germany, Finland, UK and France.

Best of luck.

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Post by simonl6714 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:39 pm

It's the same problem from france to portugal ?
What sort of shipment is used by french members ?

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Post by bertie312 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:40 pm

Hi Simon,

I Usually make a lot of international trade with MOTL and i use :

Fiche de depot d'un recommandé international.

Like this one :

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it's work for everywhere :

China
Sweden
Danemark
Italy
Crotia
Usa
Canada
Portugal
Germany
Hong-Kong
Singapoore
Greece
Etcetera...

Pretty safe and trackable through :

http://www.track-trace.com/

Hope this Help, Bertrand

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