PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 December, 1998, 12:00am

How well will the item travel? Is it intricate or does it have intricate things inside? Will it stand shaking? Are you sure you would not be better just enjoying it here and then leaving it behind? Make sure there are no customs restrictions on it. There is often a conflict between import and export laws. Check with Customs and even bodies like Agriculture and Fisheries. Ivory is a case in point.

Think about the environment into which you are shipping it.

Get the piece valued before you leave Asia. Ideally, the dealer you bought it from will do it for you. If that is not possible, find someone dealing in similar items, but do it before you leave the region. If you have had the item for some time, be aware it might now have a different value from when you bought it.

Check it over immediately it arrives at its destination. Open the package while the shipper is still there. Make sure you do not ditch any documents along with the discarded packing - you may need them even if you think you have no intention of ever moving it again.




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