Dear Banjo Collectors and Sellers,
I have somebody asking me to ship a banjo to Germany! It is a regular #1 B & D Tenor. What is the best way and approximate cost? Anybody out there with recent experience? Any help much appreciated!
If you know the size and weight of the package, you can go to any of the carriers online rate calculators.
I have never shipped to Germany but I've sent instruments to Ireland, the UK, France, Belgium and Norway with no problems. USPS seems the cheapest way to ship overseas, usually, and it's no more expensive for me to send a banjo to the EU than to Washington state or Alaska from here in NY, it just takes a little longer. I've always used PayPal for overseas transactions so far, it's nice to have them take care of the exchange rate and currency conversion. PayPal labels have a problem with the customs form, they don't have a "merchandise" check box and "other" will only let you send up to $400 value, but usually the USPS website works fine and does have a merchandise box, or you can take it to your local post office and they'll make it happen. Best of luck with the transaction.
Lowest cost is the postal service. Not only is the transportation cost to you less, but there is no brokerage fee to be paid by there receiver like there is with UPS and FedEx. But now and then there are postal transit and delivery issues. I have had packages in the postal system that have arrived in Germany only to be returned to the states, then right back to Germany. I can only imagine a postal employee forgot to add a proper stamp on a form and customs got grouchy about it. Still they eventually arrive at their correct destination. Only one international package lost in my 30 years of my current business. A banjo head to Denmark.
Sending via UPS or FedEx will be faster, but likely $300, rather than about $125 of the postal service.
Does it have any Brazillian Rosewood on it?
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