International Shipping A customer request to mark the package as a "gift"

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I am located in France and a customer from Norway asked this of me, "Is it possible for you to mark the item as a gift when shipping? It would greatly help in reducing custom handling cost on my side."

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks so much!
Be well.

Posted at 2:07 pm Aug 8, 2012 EDT


GoTo from GoTo says

Don't mark an item gift unless it is a gift from you to someone you know. It's falsifying import/export documents and against the law in many (all?) countries.

The customer is trying to avoid paying taxes that they owe to their country on imported goods, which is why it's generally illegal to mark packages with amounts lower than the price paid.

Posted at 3:57 am Aug 9, 2012 EDT

Running afoul of the customs folks is never a good idea.

Posted at 5:14 pm Aug 11, 2012 EDT

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