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« on: May 04, 2013 11:39:26 PM »

My question is if there is a limit money value of a gift package send from EU to USA when a USA citizen has to pay extra taxes customs costs on a package sent to them ?
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013 08:46:59 AM »

Are you asking about a swap package? I've never had any customs fees on anything I've received (I'm in the US).
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013 09:21:51 PM »

I've never run into a problem.  I believe if it is a gift, you are ok when in the US. 

There's some $300 (I think) thing if you PURCHASE something, but I haven't been hit with any fees before either. 
I order a good amount of stuff from the UK, and so far so good!
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013 07:27:21 AM »

* not actually an expert* 
*or an american*
*or a european*

for swaps always put NCV or a very small amount (under 5$ or euros or whatever) and check GIFT.   

as a canadian i've gotten dinged for duty twice on swap packages from the states and overseas(once it cost me 23 bucks to receive a swap package Sad ). and i have talked to european swappers who have battled their postal systems in similar ways.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2013 05:15:14 AM »

As a European - from a small European country (Denmark): there might be.

The thing is, you can't group Europe in one, as the individual countries has varying rules, taxes and such - and that might effect limits. Especially smaller countries we experience extra charges, often because the packages going/coming across the pond will arrive in another european country before getting to the right country.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2013 06:46:51 AM »

Yeah, there are no guarantees, although I've sent to a variety of countries and none of my partners have had to pay for their packages yet.  I always put NCV (no commercial value) and mark Gift.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013 12:02:26 AM »

In DK we have this annoying random system. If you package get "snatched" in customs you have to pay, if not you don't. You can't prevent it by labeling it properly or anything. They call it "random customs control". It's the power of having a monopoly.
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2013 03:16:33 AM »

In DK we have this annoying random system. If you package get "snatched" in customs you have to pay, if not you don't. You can't prevent it by labeling it properly or anything. They call it "random customs control". It's the power of having a monopoly.

But you don't have to pay if (they believe) it's a gift, do you? I am in Sweden, and they have that random system here as well, but only on non-gifts. You could say it's a good thing, because I have very rarely had anything "snatched" (they mainly target larger items), and so I very rarely have to pay fees. I even asked them once if there was anything I should do when ordering things from overseas, because according to the rules I should pay customs fees et.c., but they just said that customs will take care of that, which they don't, so in practice you don't have to pay customs fees if you order not too large things from abroad in Sweden. I have had large gift packages questioned though, when they have gotten snatched, and I have spent time on weird phonecalls with customs people repeatedly asking questions like:
-Where did you buy it from?
-I didn't buy it. It's a gift.
-How much did you pay for it?
-It's a gift. The thing about gifts is you don't pay for them.
-Who bought it for you?
-They didn't buy it for me. They made it.
-How much did you pay them for it.
-It's a gift. The thing about gifts is you don't pay for them.
...and so on. The funniest time was when they opened a package full of things to make microscope pendants: small glass pieces, magazine clippings and other nicknacks fell out, when I was on the other end of the phone. They were quite surprised, but I didn't have to pay those fees anyway. I guess it was hard for them to decide a value.  Smiley
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