John Van Kooten
Buying the glue isn't the problem
you can simply order it from the MBK website using PayPal or a credit card.
When you order from MBK shipping costs to the USA are always €30 (approx. $33.55), no matter what payment method you use and regardless of parcel's total weight. If you order over €200 (approx. $223.66) you get free shipping.
But what I was trying to say is that it might become a problem when the parcel goes through customs in the USA. If there are any restrictions in place that prohibit importing (certain) chemicals, and trust me, they do check, then customs is going to block the shipment and destroy it. And maybe even fine you (the recipient).
But I don't know the exact laws on importing chemicals into the USA. And there may even be different sets of rules for each state?
I have read some articles about USA customs services that mention certain restrictions. But maybe those rules don't apply to glues like these? I really don't know. There is a (relatively) fast way to get an answer though: call or email your local customs office and ask them
Whether you order it yourself or whether we would send you a parcel doesn't matter. It still needs to go through USA customs and it is still "importing chemicals into the USA", regardless of who sends or receives it
I have also just checked shipping costs to the USA with my local post office:
- Parcel up to 2Kg. without track & trace (so no way to track it, when it gets lost, it's gone) costs €18 (approx. $20). Cannot send heavier parcels without T&T, only up to 2Kg.
- Parcel up to 2Kg. with track & trace (insurance up to €500 included) costs €25.95 (approx. $29)
- Parcel up to 10Kg. with track & trace (insurance up to €500 included) costs €59.95 (approx. $67)
So yeah... shipping costs as calculated by MBK are quite reasonable
There is another catch though: VAT
You will pay VAT when you order items from Europe. As a US citizen, you are eligable for VAT return (that's 19% VAT in Germany, 21% in the Netherlands) because you guys in the US you don't pay VAT on products.
I don't know how this is handled when you order from a European webshop. Do they automatically deduct the VAT on checkout? I do know that when I order from a shop in the US, they are legally bound to charge prices including VAT for the country you are living in (and they do, it's a global trade law). So I am guessing this works both ways, where you should automatically NOT be charged VAT since you are ordering from the US? But I'm not sure about that, obviously
it's definitely something you should check though because it will save you a LOT of money in the end
20. August 2015, 17:39