As a small-scale manufacturer of piano rolls, I'm always delighted
to ship rolls from here in the UK to anywhere in the world! Indeed,
a good proportion of my sales are 'overseas', and I greatly value
the custom as well as the opportunity it offers to connect with
like-minded folk who I'd never get to meet otherwise.
I use a shipping consolidation company who bulk-buy courier services
and re-sell them to the likes of me. http://www.parcel2go.com/ seems
to offer the best rates for overseas from the UK, but there's quite
a business in this area. Mind you, even the best postage fees can be
quite high, and seem to have gone up a lot in recent years. Postage
on a per-roll basis is significantly lower for larger orders.
As for customs paperwork, the web site just asks me what I'm shipping
and its value, and creates the entire customs form as a PDF for me to
print out along with the shipping labels. The next day a van comes to
pick up the goods (usually FedEx, sometimes UPS or others when they
offer a better rate). It's hard to imagine anything easier. Packing
the rolls up is far more of a hassle.
Payment via PayPal has made doing business worldwide a doddle compared
to how it used to be. I remember the fun I used to go through when
buying large numbers of Rob DeLand's BluesTone rolls for a group of
friends. I used to have to buy bankers drafts, at great admin cost.
Now it's just a few buttons to press.