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Dear all, I am planing to ship my violin for the VSA competition by Fedex from the UK to the USA. I find the process to be difficult to understand and am not satisfied with the help I have received from Fedex: they told me that I will need to pay duties and taxes entering the US but none for bringing the violin back to the UK. When I told them, that, considering a retail value of 20 odd thousand US$ this would be a lot of money and that I was not going to sell it in the US. She recommended me to declare a lower value of 1000 US$. The violin, when imported from the UK, has an import duty rate of 3.2%. At a value of 20 000 this would sum up to 640$, at a value of 1000$ to 32$. The 32$ sounds like a viable option, but still not quite right. The other issue about declaring the lower value is that the violin will only be insured for 1000$. Is there someone who has looked into it more into depth and can come up with some suggestions, experiences? Best, Philip