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Calculating Customs Fees

Is there any way to know what customs fees may be incurred when shipping a painting?
Is there anyway to prepay the fees?
There isn’t a place on the customs form to pay the fee, so I’m curious how it’s done.
Thanks in advance.

I am in the UK. When I buy something from abroad, I go to the uk government website and ask what the import duty is for the item I am buying. For example, a box of Richeson casein from the USA. The answer in that example is 3% (of the purchase price) + the UK’s Value Added Tax on top (a purchase tax). Thus I can calculate in advance what the total cost will be.

When the Post Office receives the item at this end, I get a card through the door telling me how much I owe and to pay up if I wish the item to be delivered. They give me 14 days to do this (after that they would return the item to the sender). I go on-line and pay up. Next day, the postman brings me my paint.

If the carrier from the US to the UK is FedEx rather than USPS /Royal Mail, then In my experience they turn up on the door step with the item, collect the tax owing and deliver it at the same time.

If you are a seller - in the US, anyway - there are handling companies that deal with all this so the buyer pays the whole whack up front to the seller, who I guess hands a chunk over to whoever is handling the shipping. Dick Blick does this, I think, or CheapJoes, I can’t remember which. I don’t imagine it is something an artist could organise for their customers but I have no idea, I’m afraid.

Hope this is what you were asking :grimacing::grimacing: it’s an awful lot of waffle if not. Sorry.

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I have no idea but I seriously love your art. I study it as I am learning landscape painting (portrait artist for 25 years)

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Karen, very kind of you to answer! The information is very helpful.
I found on USPS.com (the US postal service’s site) that a sender cannot prepay customs duties. The postal service is not equipped to collect and remit the money.
So it’s interesting that Blick’s can do it!?
When I send internationally, I only use USPS because the other carriers are so expensive.

Hi Maria, how nice of you to say! So happy my work gives you food for thought. Trisha

On my eBay auctions I put a disclaimer saying that this will go through customs, and be prepared to pay whatever duties/taxes/fees are charged on your end.

Theresa, that is a good idea.