Thursday, July 9, 2009

Other: Going Postal, International Style

I'm participating in a mini plushie toy swap, and my partner happens to live in England. I mailed off her package today, but when I was looking at the USPS site to get a feel for what it would cost, I took a gander at their page on "Country Conditions for Mailing — Great Britain and Northern Ireland." The list of items that the UK has banned for importation includes some things that make sense, like firearms and "infectious biological substances," but they also have some real headscratchers there. "Horror comics and matrices?" And this one: "Goods made in foreign prisons, except those imported for a non-commercial purpose or of a kind not manufactured in the UK."

Well, I didn't see anything about cute little yarnie critters which I fortunately did not make in a prison, so I'm hoping they won't confiscate the box.


Fluzz said...

I hope you marked it as a gift, or the VAT man will claim VAT on the cost AND the postage.

Karen said...

The U.S. Postal Service's little green customs form didn't have a "mini toy swap" box to check, so I figured "gift" was as good as any.