LABELING PACKAGES TO BE SENT TO or EXPORTED FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY TO YOUR
Chris from Idaho, USA sent this information below to me on how to label
packages to send to the USA:
Hi Andy - "Things to Ask the Postal Clerk..."
Goods sent by the traveler or resident of a foreign country
When you take your package to a foreign post office, the postal clerk will
give you an international customs declaration. Be sure to fill it out with a
full, accurate description of the goods inside and attach it to the parcel's
exterior. By international treaty, all foreign post offices will have this
form. In the very unlikely case that one isn't available, simply write the
description and value on the outer wrapping of the package itself.
If the item is intended as a gift, write "unsolicited gift" on the outer
wrapper. If the package contains your own used belongings, mark the package
"personal goods returned." If the package contains new purchases you bought
for your own use, mark it "personal purchases.
Hope this page helps with package import/export, Andy. It's from the U.S.
Customs importers site entitled "The Infrequent Importer/Traveler":
NOTES FROM ANDY:
- I would never put an invoice in the package unless forced. I have
heard horror stories of expense when a customs inspector found an invoice. Some
countries do force you though.
- I get the instinctual feeling that the best label is to "Sample" or maybe
"Personal Items." Do not try to look professional or they will treat you so, and
make you pay.