International Orders

The art photography of A. K. Nicholas is for sale internationally through this site,, and a network of international art dealers. We have shipped fine art nude photography to art collectors in thirteen countries, including the United Kingdom, many European Union countries, Japan, Australia, and countries in the Middle East. Autographed photobooks and albums have been shipped all over the world, too. Artwork, photobooks, and albums ship from the United States.

For international orders, you may have to pick up your shipment at the post office and pay import duties or taxes. International duties and taxes vary by destination and are not included.

For assistance, get in touch before your order.

International shipping options

  1. Postal service: lowest cost, most effort. Pick up the package at the post office, pay duties.
  2. Duty Prepaid + Expedited: easiest. Choose this shipping option at checkout.  Art will delivered directly to your address via DHL, UPS, or FedEx all with one payment at the time of checkout.
  3. Your courier account: convenient delivery and payment. Send your (FedEx/UPS/DHL) account number for shipping, duties and tax. Use the code: billrecipientshipping if you are providing a shipping account number.

Do I have to pay VAT on imported art?

If your country charges VAT, you will likely have to pay VAT when you import an art photograph. However, many countries greatly reduce the VAT for photography of this type (for example 5% instead of 20% in past experience.)

Many countries, especially in the European Union, do not charge any tariff duty on the importation of art photography (defined as photographs taken by the artist, printed by him or under his supervision, signed and numbered and limited to 30 copies, all sizes and mounts included. )

When shipped internationally, A. K. Nicholas photographs are accompanied by a customs declaration, which is designed to give you the most preferable import cost, whether that is duty-free and/or reduced VAT under the harmonized tariff code, depending on your location.

How much are taxes?

Import tariffs and VAT (value added tax) on photographic artwork vary by country but are typically 5% to 12% of the purchase price in the EU and UK.  Coming from the US, published prices do not include VAT. For example, recent UK customers report 5% VAT and zero tariffs on artwork. If you are unfamiliar with your import duties, please research or inquire prior to purchase.

International shipping times

International delivery times depend on location. Items are shipped via first class package service, priority mail, or priority mail express depending on the size and value of the package. Many locations in Western Europe receive packages in 3-5 business days, although a wide variety of variables can cause delays. Shipping to Australia is typically lengthy, and an upgrade to express service is recommended.

Art shipping destinations

Art photography originates in the United States and can be shipped to most countries. To date, art photography has been shipped to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the majority of US States. Some countries are excluded, which will be indicated before checkout if no shipping options are available for your address.


The information on this page is provided for informational purposes and should not be considered advice or an expert opinion. The artist is not a lawyer, tax advisor, or expert in international shipping. The information may be outdated, incomplete, or contain errors, or omissions.