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For the record, there may be issues shipping to as well as from the US.
This month, my samples on ice were delayed a week while I filled out and
signed a declaration form that had never before been required. Good luck!
Colin

Colin Favret
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Université de Montréal
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On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 6:22 PM, Doug Yanega <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi, all. We just had - for the first time ever - an outgoing loan returned
> to us by the US postal service (AFTER charging $56 in postage), with a
> sticker indicating that attaching a Customs Declaration is no longer
> sufficient, but that they now require Customs Declarations to be submitted
> *online*.
>
> This raises a few questions:
>
> (1) has anyone else had this happen?
> (2) if so, were you able to figure out the correct protocol and
> succesfully ship thereafter?
>
> From what I can see online, the international shipping option that uses
> the online Customs Declaration is part of an integrated process that looks
> like it can only be performed, and paid for, as an individual, rather than
> done via an institutional account. Our institution normally covers all
> shipping expenses and we do the paperwork; our shipping & receiving office
> is certainly not equipped to file online documents FOR us, and we have no
> money in our museum's budget to pay for loan shipments. It has always been
> that we labeled the package, attached the Customs forms, passed the package
> to shipping & receiving, and then the University paid the postage - but
> apparently that is no longer possible.
>
> If anyone has insights into the proper workaround for this, I think a
> great many of us would benefit from knowing what to do. Otherwise this
> promises to greatly interfere with our ability to make loans.
>
> TIA,
>
> --
> Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
> Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
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