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eBay/USPS' dirty little secret: Why you should NOT ship clothing/footwear to Italy

Discussion in 'B&S Archive' started by whacked, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. whacked

    whacked Senior member

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    ... because the item will most likely get confisticated by the Italian Custom Service. Not because they are greedy or corrupted, but because they are supposed to.

    Italy does not allow private individuals to import most items. The list includes most SF-relevant goods: clothes, shoes, watches etc.

    http://pe.usps.com/search/jsp/search...9&dtype=2#hit0

    Lesson to be learned: check destination country's list of prohibited goods before shipping.
     


  2. A Guy from Shanghai

    A Guy from Shanghai Senior member

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  3. needshoehelp

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    Note to self: cancel impending live bee shipment.
     


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    lol @ ribbons for typewriters.
     


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    Thank God I held off on shipping those playing cards to my friend in Rome.
     


  6. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Human remains[/b].
    Leather goods.
    Lighters and their parts, including lighter flints.
    Live bees, leeches, and silkworms.
    Live plants and animals.
    Nutmeg, vanilla; sea salt, rock salt; saffron.
    Parasites and predators of harmful insects.
    Perfumery goods of all kinds (except soap).
    Playing cards of any kind.
    Postage stamps in sealed or unsealed First-Class Mail International shipments.
    Radioactive materials.
    Ribbons for typewriters.
    Roasted or ground coffee and its substitutes; roasted chicory.
    Saccharine and all products containing saccharine.
    Salted, smoked or otherwise prepared meats; fats; and lard.
    Tobacco.
    Toys not made wholly of wood.
    Treated skins and furs.
    Weapons of any kind and spare parts for them. .

    Well, there goes my weekend.
     


  7. whacked

    whacked Senior member

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    Thank God I held off on shipping those playing cards to my friend in Rome.

    Well, there goes my weekend.

    [​IMG]
     


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    sjmin209 Senior member

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    I'm particularly peeved at the restriction on human remains.
     


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    VMan Senior member

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    I have a 'no shipping to Italy' rule in my auction descriptions but still get Italian bidders all the time. I've only had items snagged by customs when I used First Class, never with Priority or Express.

    I used to tell Italian auction winners that I couldn't send their item to them, but then they'd bitch about it and I'd end up sending it insured and at their own risk. Most Italians told me they buy clothes from the US all the time when I'd tell them I can't ship, so I don't know how closely the rules are enforced.
     


  10. whacked

    whacked Senior member

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    I have a 'no shipping to Italy' rule in my auction descriptions but still get Italian bidders all the time. I've only had items snagged by customs when I used First Class, never with Priority or Express.

    Interesting. Do you put "Mens' shoes" or "Mens' shirt" etc. on the customs declaration form that go with the label? Thanks in advance,


    Oh, I started this thread after a request I got today from an Italian buyer. Unlike previous occasions when I had simply declined, I decided to do some research this time. And lo' and behold... [​IMG]
     


  11. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    I've shipped to Italy OK.

    It's often slow but it shows up.
     


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    hookhook Well-Known Member

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    How the hell are the poor Italians supposed to live without good old American fat???
     


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    Karo Senior member

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    That is whacked, whacked. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the tip. I just thought they were just a pain in the ass for importing designer items. Another country added to my blacklist.
     


  14. Osprey Guy

    Osprey Guy Senior member

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    I was unaware of this issue. I sold an Etro shirt on eBay last month to someone from Italy (Italian shirt to an Italian). Shipped it via Priority Mail International. They received it on their end surprisingly quick...no problems. I guess Priority Mail did the trick?


    Dennis
     


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    I shipped a vintage Nikon camera to Italy before, but it appears photographic equipment isn't on the restricted list.

    I imagine if you're an Italian collector of Victorian jewelry, the hair restriction might prove tedious.
     


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