I will be shipping a fairly expensive (~9k) watch internationally - US to France - in order to have some repairs done to the watch. Insurance-wise I am covered, but unfortunately, I can't find any information on how this will work in relation to customs and import duties.
The manufacturer asked if I had a local jeweler that would be able to process a temporary import for me. I do not, as there are no jewelers which sell this watch brand in the US.
It seems that if I declare the value of the watch on the customs / duties forms, I may be charged import duties both in France and again in US when it comes back. Essentially paying import taxes twice again on a watch I have already paid import taxes on.
To anyone who has shipped a watch directly to the manufacturer, internationally, for service or repairs before - how did you handle this situation?
Thanks in advance!