Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Libby007, Dec 11, 2019.
So, ..... any suggestions and/or advise?
Greatly appreciate your responses.
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For coins that are not that valuable you might consider just sending them through the USPS with third party insurance. For example, I use Shipstation which offers discounted insurance and a streamlined claims process which I've already used successfully. However, there's a bunch of other companies offering similar services. Anyway, here's a list of countries that I send orders to frequently:
Japan - has the world's most reliable delivery. I've never had one issue nor have heard of other businesses running into any problems whatsoever
Australia - very reliable delivery but often slow through customs
New Zealand - similar to Australia
France/Netherlands: very, very reliable.
Spain: very reliable as far as delivery but they're brutal when it comes to documentation and customs fees. However, this is a burden mostly on the recipient though your customers will often ask for additional invoicing to submit to their customs before release
Sweden/Germany: also extremely reliable but hit or miss whether they get held up in customs and when they do it can be quite a hassle
Switzerland: personally no problems but this country has a bad reputation with other dealers for nitpicky customs, high fees, etc.
Italy: risky to send through USPS but perfectly ok through FedEx/DHL
Eastern Europe: I would expect problems not only with delivery but also with dishonest customers where I think (hopefully not an unfair stereotype) have a culture of "it's ok if I can get away with it"
China: abominable. Their customs is a blackhole of continuous problems but if your package manages that gauntlet internal delivery within China is very efficient and speedy. Unfortunately, there's a very high rate of fraud from customers themselves. I would simply choose to not do business here.
South America: forget it. There's only four countries that are likely to order: Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile and all have high rates of theft and slow customs. Use DHL
Middle East: very risk through USPS. In this case many of the problems seem to be related to address nomenclature being problematic for local delivery. I would only use DHL or FedEx
South Africa (the only country in Africa except maybe Egypt that is likely to order) is on a par with South America. The likelihood of your USPS parcel reaching is close to zero unless you go with Priority Mail Express (not just plain Priority Mail)
By the way, Priority Mail express is simply DHL/UPS/FedEx once it leaves the USA. Unless you move a lot of merchandise it's easier and cheaper to use PM Express than going through one of the other companies.
Worth mentioning that my local customs claimed 10% of the value of the coins you sent to me and declared this way. Not written as a complaint, but to highlight that there might be additional costs for the buyer based on how you declare the delivery.
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