Hi Guest, Welcome to the quilting forums, register now —or—

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    The Guild President

    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Posts
    529
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Shipping a quilt internationally question

    I am debating making and sending a quilt as a gift to a friend in Canada. Unfortunately, she is having serious financial difficulties, and if I send her anything that gets custom fees added to it, she cannot afford them. For those who have sent quilts internationally, is there a way to pre-pay any such fees on my end?

  2. #2
    Rotary Pro

    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Location
    cushing, OK
    Posts
    99
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shipping a quilt internationally question

    Why can't you just send her the money in advance to cover the costs?

  3. Thanks auntstuff thanked for this post
  4. #3
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    13,926
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shipping a quilt internationally question

    Make sure to state that it is a gift therefore there shouldn't be any custom charges applied.
    Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

  5. Thanks Caroline T., SuzanneOrleansOntario thanked for this post
  6. #4
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    3,364
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shipping a quilt internationally question

    Agree with Monique. There is no tax or customs imposed on gifts. You may want to list the item as a quilted blanket.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

  7. Thanks Caroline T. thanked for this post
  8. #5
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    CanadaLand
    Posts
    2,075
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shipping a quilt internationally question

    I've shipped quilt gifts both ways between Canada and US for years. You are right, your friend will have to pay duty/taxes on any gift that is valued over $60 Canadian (about $45 US) plus a brokerage fee. To the best of my knowledge, there isn't a way to prepay custom/brokerage fees.

    Here are a few suggestions I have found to make it easier for shipping/receiving gifts.

    Ship by USPS. It will then go by Canada Post and the brokerage fee will be minimal or none. I think the brokerage fee is $8 but I could be wrong.
    NEVER ship by UPS.
    Declare the quilt as a gift on the customs form.
    List the quilt as a handmade blanket as some customs folks don't know what a quilt is but know what a blanket is. LOL
    Declare the amount on the quilt. Since I make the quilts, I declare the value of the fabric only. If the value is less than $45 US, your friend won't be charged.
    Insure the quilt for the amount you have declared not more.
    Place the quilt in a clear plastic bag with your friend's address on a card inside the bag before packing it in a box. This is important because if the box is opened or damaged, the quilt has an address as well as keeping it clean. I always put a pretty ribbon around the clear bag.
    Include a card indicating it is a gift such as a birthday card.
    DON'T add any food items.

    Your friend will feel loved with one of your quilts to keep her warm. I hope you figure out a way to get it to her.

    Here is one of my quilts. I slipped the card inside the bag before I packed it. No issues with customs. I declared the value as $30 as it was a mix of new fabric I had bought and fabric donated to me.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	stef quilt.jpg 
Views:	28 
Size:	193.7 KB 
ID:	160834
    Last edited by RiverMomm; October 5th, 2019 at 10:59 AM.

  9. #6
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Spring, TX
    Posts
    3,500
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shipping a quilt internationally question

    This is good information to know. Thanks for educating me.

  10. #7
    The Guild President

    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Posts
    529
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Shipping a quilt internationally question

    That is good to know. Unfortuantely, I don't know of any adult-sized quilt that you can make for under $45 worth of fabric! Even clearance fabric is more expensive than that! Still, my friend can't really afford the brokerage fee, let alone any customs/duties. She's in a rather rough patch right now.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •