02-09-2016, 10:26 AM
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Has anyone tried to ship a brush from the US to a European country? Would I be breaking any export laws by doing this?

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 02-09-2016, 10:32 AM
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(02-09-2016, 10:26 AM)shevek Wrote: Has anyone tried to ship a brush from the US to a European country? Would I be breaking any export laws by doing this?

I've shipped many brushes overseas rob and never had any trouble at all. There could be some type of hidden laws against it but I think we should be safe when dealing with our shaving items


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 02-09-2016, 10:48 AM
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If you are shipping it as a business there could be some regulation linked to it (I read online whereby some retailers/artisan) don't ship badger brush overseas.

If you are shipping it to a friend as a normal item, I don't believe there's much beyond the no restricted items , alcohol , batteries etc.

Edit: I really need to sleep. No idea why I'm replying on shipping item out of USA when I'm only using pick-up services / forwarding services there.

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 02-09-2016, 11:06 AM
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I think it largely depends on quantity Rob. I doubt you'll have any issues sending a single brush.

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 02-09-2016, 11:12 AM
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Only did it once but it was a Rooney silvertip and I didn't have any issues. Was listed as a gift.

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 02-09-2016, 11:15 AM
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I haven't had any issues with a single brush. I think the main issue is if you are running a business.

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 02-09-2016, 11:18 AM
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Very helpful! Thanks for the feedback guys.

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 02-09-2016, 01:13 PM
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Having sent a few brushes to UK, Belgium and Germany, once you fill out the USPS required form (called CN-22 by the postal service) and declare the value of the item, mark off "gift" and your all set. It was 3 private residences and 1 company and had no issues reported by either type of recipient, the packages were all brushes and varying bunch of gift soap samples or blades. I just list out all the items on the declaration. 

the only downside is waiting on the long lines to see one of the clerks  to mail the package as they will measure and weigh it. 

found a copy of a CN-22 in my desk for reference. 
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 02-09-2016, 01:25 PM
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(02-09-2016, 01:13 PM)refles Wrote: Having sent a few brushes to UK, Belgium and Germany, once you fill out the USPS required form (called CN-22 by the postal service) and declare the value of the item, mark off "gift" and your all set. It was 3 private residences and 1 company and had no issues reported by either type of recipient, the packages were all brushes and varying bunch of gift soap samples or blades. I just list out all the items on the declaration. 

the only downside is waiting on the long lines to see one of the clerks  to mail the package as they will measure and weigh it. 

found a copy of a CN-22 in my desk for reference. 
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Thank you Fabian. I know I have filled out this form before, but never for a shaving brush. I guess checking Gift and putting "shaving brush" will do the trick?

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 02-09-2016, 01:27 PM
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Rob,

That's what I've done in the past. I've sent on three separate occasions to Europe. Speed seems to vary a lot.

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 02-09-2016, 01:36 PM
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I did the same thing as Fabian just today. If you go to the USPS site you can order a label online and it will print a combination shipping label and customs declaration form. I was sending a soap today, but when I sent that Rooney brush I just listed a "shaving brush" with value of $60 (the selling price).

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 02-09-2016, 01:55 PM
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I have sold numerous LP records and some SACD/CD's to Europe (and other locations).  Some countries slow but dependable.  I would ask the buyer if any special shipping instructions.  I recall a few buyers asking me to show under $35 (or so) as value to avoid customs fees.   I used the CN-22 pictured above and went to local post office.  I was told by one clerk to make sure the CN-22 stub was on the front or package could be rejected (i never had any known problems and CD boxes are small).

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 02-09-2016, 02:57 PM
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The only caveat is if you are sending something that requires insurance it can be rather pricy. It about doubled the cost of my label to insure it for the full value.

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 02-09-2016, 03:14 PM
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Indeed Rob, 'shaving brush' on the declaration is perfect and put the value, I put it in USD.

Because it requires a clerk to finish the process I usually don't stick the CN-22 onto the package and let them do it as they usually have a few stamps and labels to put onto the box. And even ask them to stamp fragile on it for heck of it.

** side note, on a whim I tried to use UPS to avoid the lines in USPS and their most basic service for shipping a single shaving brush turned out to be near $80 which I found out is a hand off to USPS!! But takes longer because it was sitting in some 'awaiting USPS' pickup status for 2-4 days from what I remember. They were very nice and helped you fill out the form, but the service based on price which turned out to be USPS first class, not priority wasn't worth the huge uplift... Unless you have to send document which they said they do themselves... something I learned I wanted to pass on to us all here regarding carrier choices.


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 02-09-2016, 03:18 PM
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Best price is first class, but I was told insurance is not available with that option. Depends what your appetite for risk is.

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 02-09-2016, 03:34 PM
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About a month ago I sent a brush to Simpsons for a new knot.  No problems.  On the USPS form I just said sending for work to be done on brush.  Everyone seemed happy.

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 02-09-2016, 03:37 PM
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I think that price included insurance but the insurance was covered by UPS but shipping was USPS as US postal doesn't offer tracking or insurance on their first class international... From what I remember, but most times it's been pretty safe, I haven't had a problem but I can't imagine the headache if something went wrong.


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