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Old 12.12.2013, 13:50
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Mailing gifts to the United States for Christmas

I have some questions that are keeping me from moving forward on mailing my gifts to the United States. I'm aware of the time constrictions, and want to get them mailed out in the next few days.

So far I understand that
1) Value limit on imports without duty is $200, and should be marked as a gift.
2) Hard cheeses are the only cheese that are allowed.

My questions are
1) What counts as hard cheese? Gruyere? Appenzeller? Raclette?
2) If I pay for delivery in 3-7 days, will Gruyere, Appenzeller or Raclette spoil in that time? Should I invest in a styrofoam container and ice packs to make it better? (What kind of store would I find these in?) Is there any website that I can order from that will handle mailing above cheeses for me in a proper way? (I've already searched and couldn't find any).
3) What is the procedure when I go to the Post for mailing. Do I need to have US custom forms already filled out or will they provide them to me?

Thanks for any help! This is the first time I'm mailing anything back to the U.S. and I'm super nervous!

Becky
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