Sending watches for work is always a delicate subject as there are many couriers in many countries, various postal service options, and a few unspoken things that often occur.
In the UK I always say to ship via “Special Delivery” – they have a maximum insurance value of £2,500.
For international packages the option is yours, most couriers will ship to the UK but will not Insure watches over £250. Some will ship up to £1000 seemingly, but the costs go right up.
The one package that was highly valued was stopped by customs, held for 2 months, and when it was returned to the sender only the packaging turned up, the watch was gone, never to be seen again.
So this is where I stand on the subject
- Packages should be sent clearly marked “mechanical instrument for repair”
- Any items stopped by customs and charges incurred are the responsibility of the customer to pay.
*An item being repaired is not an import, so there should be no customs charges
- Lower value items attract less theft
- Couriers are quicker than postal services
- I bear no liability for loses Incurred during shipping inbound or outbound
- I will Insure your watch internationally for a maximum of £50 by default, if you require higher insurance the costs will increase and will passed onto you.
- You will asked and given options about shipping choices internationally
By sending a watch internationally you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You are most welcome to arrange your own collection service.
UK to US shipping for a standard small package weighing 500grams, insured for £50 costs approximately £25