International shipping

I've had folks outside the USA interested in my coats, so here is where I'm at so far on making these available internationally... 

All of my sweatercoats that I ship out are generally sent inside a vacuum-sealed bag, where I have pulled out all the air. It squishes the coat (don't worry they fluff back out pretty quickly), and also makes the parcel lighter, as well as protects it in the event of spills in the carrier's facilities. Yes, I buy things over the internet sometimes too, and I have gotten things which have had spills on them. The vacuum bags cost me roughly $2.00/bag, and the boxes roughly $2.00/box, but having put SO much effort into these coats, we'd both be heartbroken if they were damaged or lost in transit.... so in the thick vacuum bag they go, and I use a lot of tape to seal up the box. My apologies to the environment for all the packaging (I try really really really hard to be environmentally conscious) but I want you to get your item safely.

 

The boxes I typically send these in are 12" x 12" x 6". (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm x 15.24 cm in metric system.) Most of my sweatercoats once packed are going to weigh roughly 4-5 pounds (8.8-11 kilograms). They ship from Colorado, USA, postal code 80905. 

Here are some recent shipping rates/times estimates using the above dimensions and approximate weight. All rates are in my currency, US dollars. 

MUCH love and appreciation to the folks at Pirate Ship for their wonderful and easy way to get approximate rates. Again, these are based on a 4-5 pound (8.8-11 kilogram) parcel.

(USPS = United States Postal Service)

To the UK:

USPS Priority Mail International  $    73.72 6 - 10 days
UPS Worldwide Expedited  $    69.89 2 - 5 business days
USPS Priority Mail Express International  $    85.98 3 - 5 days
UPS Worldwide Saver  $    83.36 3 business days


To France:

USPS Priority Mail International  $    61.99 6 - 10 days
UPS Worldwide Expedited  $    69.89 2 - 5 business days
USPS Priority Mail Express International  $    79.43 3 - 5 days
UPS Worldwide Saver  $    83.36 3 business days


To Canada:

UPS Standard  $    28.16 ~ 7 days
UPS Worldwide Expedited  $    48.64 3 days
USPS Priority Mail International  $    52.39 6 - 10 days
UPS Worldwide Saver  $    56.74 3 business days
USPS Priority Mail Express International  $    66.78 3 - 5 days

 

Bear in mind that this does not cover the cost of any customs/import duties/taxes that your home country may require you to pay. More on that here. It seems this system is in place to encourage you to find items locally, rather than using the resources required to ship them to you from overseas. It may be that the Taxation and Customs Union did not consider very specialized, very unique items like these coats when implementing measures to encourage you to buy local. However, I respect and understand the European Union's desire to encourage you to buy local-to-you.

Also, this may not factor in the time to process items through customs. Also, the US Postal Service enters their busiest part of the year generally October thru December and often raises rates during that time to cover the extra staffing, so keep that in mind as well. 

The main difficulty I have is that I'm just ONE PERSON 😭, and in order to sell to Europe, I'm required to be familiar with all of their various taxing authorities and how/when they want to be paid the VAT. There are business services available to me that will ensure that I am compliant with Europe's taxation rules but they are too expensive for a one-person business, so in order to be able to sell to my European admirers I have some administrative work to do, that that may take me a bit. The USA's Internal Revenue Service (the dreaded IRS) is the thing of nightmares here for folks here in the USA caught cheating on taxes and while billionaires tend to get away with it, us common people do not, and I can't take that risk with Europe's tax authorities. I dare not anger Europe's taxing authorities, and they are really cracking down on retail businesses who sell over the internet. It seems like every taxing authority in every country wants their fair share of taxes right now.

VAT is a big chunk of money for you as well.😲

France 20%
Germany 19%
Ireland 23%
Netherlands 21%
Spain 21%
UK 20%

 

  Canada, I love you, you are not forgotten, but this is just Europe's headache. 😮👆

Too all my overseas admirers, I promise you, I am attempting to solve this puzzle but you are going to have to bear with me. One wrong step could get me in a trouble that could close my entire business, and I have to be careful. 

More about VAT here: https://europa.eu/youreurope/business/taxation/vat/vat-rules-rates/index_en.htm

More on this to follow, but for my overseas admirers, I promise I am working on navigating this labyrinth.... and I completely understand concerns about shipping and taxes - they are justified. I would LOVE to send my coats to Europe and all over the world and I need to obey all the right rules to be able to do so. I'm working on figuring this out! 

Updates shall be forthcoming...  💖

 

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published