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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. 

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