Today's postings

  1. [Baren 32620] Re: USM International Print Exhibition 2007 ("Rahman Mohamed")
  2. [Baren 32621] shipping to/from Canada (Cucamongie #
  3. [Baren 32622] Re: shipping to/from Canada ("Marissa ")
  4. [Baren 32623] Re: shipping to/from Canada ("Oscar Bearinger")
  5. [Baren 32624] duty (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 32625] Re: Recent Work Image transfer (Clive)
  7. [Baren 32626] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V38 #3765 (Jan 15, 2007) (su tamsett)
  8. [Baren 32627] Re: shipping to/from Canada (Charles Morgan)
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Message 1
From: "Rahman Mohamed"
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 22:00:25 +0800
Subject: [Baren 32620] Re: USM International Print Exhibition 2007
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Dear Saso Blazeski and Ellen Shipley,
Thank you for comments from both of you regarding my posting of USM International Print Exhibition.
To the question by Ellen, as for today we don't have any museum that is specialist in the area of printmaking. Most of the museums and galleries in Malaysia do show prints from time to time.
Call for entry and conditions of entry for the next edition of the exhibition will be posted sometimes in April this year. I will keep The Baren Forum informed about it.
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Message 2
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 09:49:06 EST
Subject: [Baren 32621] shipping to/from Canada
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Hi folks, sorry this is a bit off-topic but perhaps the info would be useful
to others.

I will be shipping a couple of framed prints and a small sculpture to Canada
for a show.

I have heard that if you claim insurance on the work, you can be subjected
to duties or get hung up in customs. Anyone know about this situation and/or
how to handle it? best shipper to use?

I welcome any comments on or offline.

Many thanks
_Cucamongie@aol.com_ (
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Message 3
From: "Marissa "
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 09:56:18 -0500
Subject: [Baren 32622] Re: shipping to/from Canada
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Anything is subject to duties. I send unframed work to Canada quite often
and anything above a certain value (about $30-40 I believe) gets fees tacked
on by Canada.
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Message 4
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 10:15:44 -0500
Subject: [Baren 32623] Re: shipping to/from Canada
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There are a number of types of tax that might apply.

"Duty" is not applied unless the item coming from USA is not made in the USA. So an item made in Europe and shipped to Canada from USA will have subject to duty.

"Goods and Services Tax" (GST) is applied to ALL items coming from USA into Canada. It is a 6% tax, and it is not applied IF the item is inexpensive enough that the resulting tax is under $2.

The really irritating thing is that the Canadian Post Office charges a $5.00 fee for charging the tax!!! So a $40 item will be charged $2.40 GST + $5.00 collection fee = $47.40 (Note the $$ exchange rate is added on top on all this.)

Large companies in USA who do business in Canada have arrangements with customs to charge the GST before the goods enter Canada and so avoid the collection fee.

Please note, I have been wrong before already this year!!! so this may be not 100% correct, but it reflects my experiences
(and my irritability with gov's of all stripes!)

an anarchist Oscar

ps your pig is very funny, Sarah, I love it! thanks.
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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 07:39:31 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 32624] duty
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Call up the customs people and ask them. They are very helpful. I taught a solarplate class at Malispina in Vancouver BC and took all the supplies with me from Portland OR...I had a list I gave the customs people at the border and I paid $67 duty...then when I got home I send in a letter detailing all the stuff I did not leave in Canada and they refunded me $28. It was very easy but a little time consuming. I think if your work returns to you, you can file to get any duty returned. I am unsure of the tax but they will have the answers for you.
Best to you,
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Message 6
From: Clive
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 11:39:38 -0500
Subject: [Baren 32625] Re: Recent Work Image transfer
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You can save a lot of trouble by reducing your original on a
photocopier then using a citrus concentrated cleaner with a d-limonene
base to transfer the image to your block. I cut the photocopy to size,
tape it face down to the block without covering any image, if possible,
then apply the d-limonene - sparingly- with a small pad of paper towel.
Contact cement thinner works as well but is tougher on the brain cells.

Not all photocopy inks work with d-limonene; you'll need to try around
the office, local copy places and the library but it's worth the

The true beauty to this whole process is that the spontaneity of your
original drawing is captured, in reverse, on your plate. The redrawing
and or carbon paper method loses a lot of that.


Clive Lewis

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Message 7
From: su tamsett
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 09:05:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 32626] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V38 #3765 (Jan 15, 2007)
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LOVED your book plate and demo of the same.

Did the "hidden" elements survive to appear in the final print? Should we be
checking the shrubs?


PS Just to share the joy - my daughter gave birth to her first daughter yesterday,
who joins her older brother Nicholas. Everyone is healthy and happy!
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Message 8
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 09:43:20 -0800
Subject: [Baren 32627] Re: shipping to/from Canada
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I am assuming you are shipping from the US into Canada. You might
take the following points under advisement.

1) Do not expect any information you get from any individual,
official or otherwise (that includes me), to bear any resemblance to
what you will experience. Do not expect your past experiences to be
any guide to what may happen in the future. Sending material across
the border is a truly random event.

2) DO CALL CANADA CUSTOMS ... these days it is called Canada Border
Services Agency, or CBSA ... there are consular services in many
large US cities, such as New York, Washington DC, Seattle, and San
Francisco, and these may give you the information you need. You can
also check on line:

To talk to a real person, you can phone during business hours (8:00 -
16:00, local time):

* Call BIS (Border Information Services) from outside of Canada
(long-distance charges apply):
* (204) 983-3500 or
* (506) 636-5064
3) Check with a local art college, art museum, or the fine art
department of a local university to see if they have any experience
or suggestions.

4) Remember that information you get from a bureaucrat sitting in an
office may bear no resemblance to what the nitwit at the border decides to do.

5) There has to be a way to send art work into Canada for exhibition
without paying duty and taxes ... museums share exhibits all the time
... for example, Canadian museums do NOT pay duty on the Rodin
sculptures that are on tour right now.

6) Unless you are personally taking the material across the border
yourself, the person to whom the parcel is addressed is the one who
will have to pay the duty and/or taxes.

7) Send your art work to a MUSEUM or to a UNIVERSITY. For example, if
the stuff is going to Possomfart Gallery, 123 Mooseapple Street,
Beaverpoo, Saskatchewan, send it instead to Possomfart MUSEUM, 123
Mooseapple Street, Beaverpoo, Saskatchewan. Customs just assumes
anything going to something called a "gallery" is going to be sold,
and they will charge for it to come in to the country. If it is going
to a MUSEUM, they are less likely to charge. Once across the border,
the postal service delivers mail according to the street address and
postal code, not according to the name of the establishment. As an
alternative, if you know someone at a real university, send it to
them at the university address. Customs is less suspicious of art
work going to a university. Do not try to fake the name of a
university ... Customs will NOT know the names of all the museums in
the country, but they WILL know the names of all the legitimate universities.

EXHIBITION -- TO BE RETURNED TO SENDER. Also fill out a customs
declaration at your post office and put that same information very
prominently on the customs declaration.

9) If anyone asks if the material is for sale, say NO ... it is on
LOAN for an exhibition. No matter what the truth of the matter is, just say NO.

10) When asked for the value, declare NO COMMERCIAL VALUE ... this
one really pains me ... but let your conscience be your guide. On
your customs declaration, put NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. If customs decides
they want to charge duty, then they will have to determine the value
... they will have no idea how to do that for a work of art, so they
will not bother.

11) Ship the prints separately from the sculpture. Label the prints
PRINTED MATTER ONLY. For the sculpture, you might label it "AN OLD
O.K., I am not so sure about how to label the sculpture.

12) If you can stand the strain, do not insure your work. Basically,
you are serving as your own insurer. If you did the sculpture and the
prints, think of them as a chunk of stone and ink on paper ...
really, the cost to you is minimal and not worth insuring. I have
NEVER had anything go missing in the mail. And if you pack it well
yourself ... use plexiglass in the frames instead of glass, etc. ...
then there is no need to worry about breakage. If it is not insured,
Customs will take less notice of it.

13) DO NOT USE COURIER SERVICES. No matter what customs does, courier
services will charge the recipient a large (about $50) "brokerage"
fee just to bring the package across the border. Use the US Postal
Service ... they will be cheaper anyway.

14) If any of this information causes you problems or loss, please
refer to #1, above.

Cheers ....... Charles