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How To Import Antiques from Europe: Customs FAQs

How do I handle international shipping customs for antiques?

AD&CO Logistics - international shipping customs for art and antiques The Antiques Diva® & Co is pleased to offer art and antiques shipping services from Europe to destinations around the globe. AD&CO Logistics has partnered with a premier international shipping company with 50 years expertise in shipping services. Your shipping concierge will personally manage all facets of your shipment including collecting your goods from the dealers, tracking your inventory and payments, cross-referencing your tags, packing, complete all export/import paperwork and monitor your shipment’s progress from the time we receive your goods until they are delivered to you; and keep you advised of the status of your shipment.

How To Import Antiques from Europe: Customs Frequently Asked Questions

At AD&CO Logistics, we prepare the official international shipping customs documentation that allows your goods to leave the European Union: 

Once arriving at the destination port, the client will need to have a customs broker. If you do not have a customs broker we will appoint one for you. If you have your own customs broker you are welcome to use your own broker for this process.

    1. Import duties (taxes) are calculated based on the following:
      1. Each item is categorized according to an international system of numbers pertaining to materials.
      2. Each item is dated. For example, if an item is greater than 100 years old, no import tax is assessed.
    2. The customs process varies –  it is always a risk that the customs at the destination port will decide to check the entire ship. If this happens – and there is no way to predict when it will – it creates additional costs as well as time delays.  This is a random security check.
      1. Customs may choose to x-ray crates to see the contents and the client is obliged to pay those costs… for example, an x-ray may cost approx. $200 and there is no choice but to pay it. The customs broker works on your behalf through this process keeping you informed.
      2. If the entire ship is being checked, then all the scheduled unloading and deliveries will be subsequently delayed.  Which could then overlap when other ships come into port, causing further congestion.
    3. Taxes are state-driven, not federal. Which means the amount of tax due will vary depending on the destination port. 

For more questions about AD&CO Logistics international art and antiques shipping services,
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How to Pack and Crate Antiques for International Shipping

Protecting la Table de Vendange: How to Pack and Crate Antiques

Antiques Diva Shipping Services

AD&CO Logistics - international fine arts and antiques shippingWhen purchasing valuable, one-of-a-kind or fragile antiques or art, one of the first questions our clients ask is how to pack and crate antiques for international shipping. In addition to The Antiques Diva & Co in-house, turnkey antiques shipping services AD&CO Logistics, we also offer antique warehousing and shipping liaison services, and work on your behalf with your shipper to meet your transportation needs.

This gorgeous table was purchased by an Antiques Diva antique buying tour client who contracted AD&CO Logistics to pack and crate it for international shipment, along with her other purchases.

la Vendange: Antique French Wine Tasting Table

The wine tasting table had the following specifications:

  • antique French wine tasting table with tilt-top
  • 86cm diameter x 67cm height 
  • 10 kg weight
  • traveling from Europe to the US
  • prepare for international shipment
  • to be picked up by client’s transport company

This beautiful antique French wine tasting table was purchased on an Antiques Diva buying tour.

Fragile, valuable and one-of-a-kind pieces are carefully cushioned and protected for international transport. Our AD&CO Logistics expert team carefully built a custom crate to protect the table from damage during shipment.

Our team of international shipping experts have been packing, crating and shipping antiques for over 50 years, to destinations around the globe.

Our shipping concierges understand you have unique needs and requirements. We will work with you to provide a solution to your international shipping needs. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about international shipping.

The crate is wrapped tightly in a special black foil to protect it from rain damage during transport.

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When you’re traveling overseas and shopping for antiques you have a few options on how to ship antiques home from abroad. In addition to Antiques Diva shipping services, here are some other ways to ship antiques home from abroad. For more information on Antiques Diva tours and services, see our FAQs.

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Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva

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