Restrictions on personal international shipping?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AniSaps, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. AniSaps macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2009
    I'm American and studying for the year in the UK. I've sold my iBook to my boyfriend who is currently living in California, and have ordered a macbook sent to my parent's permanent address. I could not order the macbook directly here, obviously, as Apple has restrictions for their retailers shipping internationally (this purchase was through smalldog). My question is: Will my boyfriend or I be restricted from shipping these computers internationally through either USPS, UPS or FedEx? Or do the restrictions only apply for companies with direct links to Apple? Please let me know, thanks!
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    You will probably be charged VAT for importing the machine - even if it is just your parents mailing it to you. Marking it as a gift won't get you out of it either.
  3. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
  4. AniSaps thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2009
    Restrictions on Personal International Shipping

    Very helpful info, but that HM Customs site makes it confusing to find those forms! I need the C3 Form, and they offer that is on their website but take you about that far. This is their "form menu," but I am can't locate the right one. In any case, do you suppose I need to fill it out and send it to them? Or to my father who would be shipping it? Ugh. I would have never bought this computer if I had known it would be so much hassle to put in a box and send somewhere!
  5. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    You didn't look hard enough :)

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