Shipping a violin overseas from the US

November 15, 2019, 11:45 AM · Well this is new for me. I've shipped many a violins overseas over the years but one I was shipping to Japan a few days ago, has come back to me. Is there something I'm to fill out for customs for the wood species and such? Any tips for shipping violins to avoid issues?

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Edited: November 15, 2019, 3:43 PM · Jamie,

Welcome to the world of the "Endangered Species Act" on steroids. I'm quite familiar with Japanese culture (also spoke, read and wrote the language but I'm way out of practice to sound like an adult). I spent some time there and have friends all over. Unfortunately none of my friends are involved with Japanese customs.

Japanese culture is exemplified by very strict following of rules and regulations. You are being hit with "Letter of the law" with zero interpretation. Not only should you note the species, but also the age lest the ebony and any other item (like Ivory) be included - even that eye on the Frog. You might want to engage an attorney who specializes in the endangered species act.

November 16, 2019, 9:09 AM · Is your shipment subject to tax?


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