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Sending prints to the US for exhibit

Hi all,

I was recently asked to send two prints in the US for an exhibit.
I’m on pretty tight schedule considering christmas post jam, so I’d like to avoid customs delay as much as possible.
Does anybody with experience sending from europe to the us knows how to handle customs declarations, dos and donts?
I’ve read that there is a $200 limit under which even commercial items are considered duty free, is it correct?

Thanks all for your replies



by Tommaso Barsali at 2012-12-13 20:59:40 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hello Tommaso. I sent some photos unmounted a pair of years ago to a friend in NY and I only put photos as a gift. The prints were inside a cylinder. None problem. The question is what happen if you declare them as art or prints for an exhibition. I am curious too about the dos and don’ts.

by Hernan Zenteno | 14 Dec 2012 13:12 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
My suggestion is to mark the value as under $10 and put gift. Make sure you get tracking for your package. If you use one of the services you should be fine…

by Damaso Reyes | 14 Dec 2012 14:12 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Packages whose declared value is under $200 ($100 if being sent as a gift to someone other than the purchaser) will generally be cleared without any additional paperwork prepared by CBP. However, CBP always reserves the right to require a formal entry for any importation and generally exercises this option if there is something unusual about the importation, or if important documents such as an invoice or bill of sale do not accompany the item.


by Damaso Reyes | 14 Dec 2012 14:12 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Hi Hernan, Damaso,

thanks for your replies…I just sent the prints unmounted in a cylinder, their value from the print lab is under $50, so I hope everything will work, I’ll post feedback once I get it from the receiver.

Big hugs


by Tommaso Barsali | 18 Dec 2012 18:12 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Hi Tommaso, I am very curious to follow up on your post, please write us and let us know the outcome…


by Raffi Kirdi | 29 Dec 2012 04:12 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Everything went fine customs-wise: except the prints arrived damaged!! Bad luck, but I learned my lesson ;)

thanks again all



by Tommaso Barsali | 11 Jan 2013 19:01 | Asti, Italy | | Report spam→

If you need those prints redone in a hurry, give Wayne at Elco Color (elcocolor.net) a shout. You can upload files and order online. They’re located in New Jersey and are reasonably priced for the level of service.

Good luck.


by Michael Meyer | 11 Jan 2013 21:01 | Brooklyn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Michael for the suggestion, they are in print already in LA, which was the final destination, but good to know anyway.



by Tommaso Barsali | 12 Jan 2013 15:01 | Asti, Italy | | Report spam→

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Tommaso Barsali, Photographer Tommaso Barsali
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Asti , Italy
Hernan Zenteno, Photographer Hernan Zenteno
Buenos Aires , Argentina ( EZE )
Damaso Reyes, Photojournalist Damaso Reyes
Barcelona , Spain ( BCN )
Raffi  Kirdi, Photojournalist Raffi Kirdi
Sorrento , Italy
Michael Meyer, photographer / educator Michael Meyer
photographer / educator
Brooklyn, Ny , United States ( JFK )


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