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On Friday, I received an order for a bracelet from a guy in Australia. This being our first time to ship there, I headed over to the USPS site (we ship Priority Mail) to see how much the postage would be. And found this (emphasis mine):
Coins; bank notes; currency notes (paper money); securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler's checks; platinum, gold, and silver (manufactured or not); precious stones; jewelry; and other valuable articles are prohibited.
I've never heard this before. Can't send jewelry to Australia? I see retail jewelry sites on the web all the time that say they ship to Australia. So what gives? Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
edited to clarify retail sites
In respect of Cianna's question re prohibited imports, there is no problem re the bracelet. Offical word on prohibited imports, into Australia [customs.gov.au]
As long as its not the Crown Jewels, or jewelry of eqivelent value, I'd just use words like 'trinkets' or 'ornaments' on the customs declaration.
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