Ive had a lot of people ask me how to get clothes/goodies from the US to the UK, especially much lusted after items like Bath and Body Works items. Heres how it goes – you sign up to Hop Shop Go using your Paypal account, this is a fab service, some websites won’t ship international
1. Sign up using your paypal account, you make your payments through paypal and so its as secure as it can be. They will issue you a International Address in portland, which is a state with no sales tax (this is good for you!)
2. You can either –
Order the items yourself: by checking your items out and having your delivery address as your Hop Shop Go address, when it arrives it will be under the ‘Packages At U.S Address’ Tab. (If its not there, just email them the tracking and they’ll update manually! )
Or have Hop Shop Go check it out for you: This is a little more complicated, you add all the information to a form, with links, and they check it out for you, using a US billing Address. This is great when companies don’t accept Billing Addresses outside the US. They do charge a fee, so avoid it if at all possible (The fee is 10% of the total of items and shipping)
3. Shipping to the UK – This bit is where you have to pay.
Now your items are at the US Address, you have 30 days of free storage to ship them over to yourself. They will charge you for the shipping (7 Dresses cost me $47, or around £28 to ship express) If you have bought the items yourself, you will be asked to enter the value of the items for customs declaration.
Shipping is done (in my experience) with DHL and you receive tracking info.
At this point, you can say whatever you like on your customs form. Below is all you need to know, except that if you have £100 of clothing and you declare it as £15 and are caught, the items can be destroyed and you could be prosecuted, generally, they will not pursue criminal action, but there is a penalty to pay if you are caught. Do so at your own risk.