International Knife Shipping laws?

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International Knife Shipping laws? - Monday, November 09, 2009 4:58 PM
Myself and another forum member might be setting up a transaction where I would be sending him a knife. He is in Canada (BC to be exact) and I am in So. Cal. Is there anything we should know about sending a knife internationally? The knife in question is a Pocket Bushman, if it matters. Your thoughts are most appreciated. 

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Re:International Knife Shipping laws? - Monday, November 09, 2009 5:00 PM
just have to put cutelry as definition on the box.
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Re:International Knife Shipping laws? - Monday, November 09, 2009 9:26 PM
Mailing to Canada is easy I just sent a package again today. Just use  USPS. The form you will need to put on the outside of the box is PS Form 2976 (it is half green and half white) it is about the size of a postcard and is at every post office. On the green side check mark Other under the Quantity and detailed description. (you said that it is a pocket bushman) Write down 1: CS Pocket Bushman. Then the weight of the knife and then the value(you want just the weight of the knife. NOT the total weight of the package that you are mailing). Fill out the white side which is just your name and address and that of the person that you are sending it to. Also something new that started this month you are suppose to write your your name and mailing address and that of the person you are sending it to on the box itself.  It takes about a minute to fill out the form.
I hope that this helps and made sense.

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
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Re:International Knife Shipping laws? - Tuesday, November 10, 2009 9:22 AM
you can also go to the USPS website, and create a login there.  you can fill out all the paperwork online and print it out.  their site walks you through everything you need to do as far as shipping goes, and is country specific.  you can then schedule a pickup or go to the post office and drop it off.  you can present all the paperwork to the folks at the counter and they can decipher which copy is yours. ;)  its a pretty simple process. 

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Re:International Knife Shipping laws? - Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:16 AM
Just do what you do otherwise with addition of custom form (which is 30 seconds work if you use 1st class), and he'll have it in a week or two.

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Re:International Knife Shipping laws? - Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:03 AM
I know that some countries and those includes Canada and UK,have very stright import rules of knives. I know for example that Pushdaggers are illegal to import to Canada.
To the UK it´s even worse. There it´s illegal to import Push daggers and all sort of double edge knives!. Most countries have import laws against automatic knives like Switchblades and gravity opening knives like balisongs,and i belive the case is so in Kanada and i know the case is so in the UK.
Just like people mentioned earlier in the thread,you have to put on a label in which you will have to fill in what the package includes and what´s it´s value.
Companies must by law write the exact content of the package and the exact value of it,but you are two private persons so that makes it much easier!
I mean,you can write on the label that it contains "pocket knife" and when you come to the field where you must write it´s value,you can write let´s say 6$ and there should be another field where you fill in "gift".
When doing so,there is a microscopik chance that the Customs will pay any attention to you packages.
And btw,a pocket bushman is perfectly legal to import to Canada,so don´t worry!
Good luck!

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Re:International Knife Shipping laws? - Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:19 PM
The law in Canada is not bad actually. No push dagger, no balisong, no auto, no gravity knife, but everything else goes as long as the pivot isn't loose enough the blade can be shake out easily. You don't need to write EXACTLY what's in it, just a general category like "cutlery" would be fine. 

As for the knife law in UK that's whole another mess.

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Re:International Knife Shipping laws? - Thursday, November 12, 2009 3:51 PM
The only thing I can say is to be sure of what you're doing. I wouldn't want to get involved with the hassle of dealing with any crap that would come of mistakenly violating any countries laws as to the importation of any kind of weapon. It is nice to help our international Brothers of the Blade, but don't get in any trouble because of it. Who knows what the current administration would do to someone for that. They'd probably label us as being terrorists and a threat to National Secuirty.
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Re:International Knife Shipping laws? - Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:53 PM
I have recieved and sent knives between Canada and the US. Just write "cutlery" on the customs label. One does assume the risk of some anal customs officer getting overly correct and may disallow the item. I had it happen once in 20 years or so for a belt buckle knife. The item was returned to seller and they refunded me the money minus shipping costs.
I have not sold or bought cutlery outside of North America - mainly because I have been unsure about the laws and the exchange rate made it prohibitive.
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