Shipping and Insurance Information



What's New

July 31st Public Auction in New York City    

     Harmers International, Inc. of  New York will hold their next Public Auction on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, at the Collectors Club in New York City.  The auction will begin at 1pm. 

An eclectic 500-lot worldwide action - Highlights include:

·         The very rare U.S. twentieth century Photographic Essays.

·         U.S. stamps and postal history with 38 lots of the 1847 issue.

·         British & Foreign including:

         The Richard Maisel British America.

        The William Faissler Australia.

        The Artur Lurbs Collection of India and Postal History. 

·          Persia

·            And 41 lots of Harmers' famous Collections and Various.

 Viewing is available at:

 •The Collectors Club in New York City  - July 30th  10am to 6pm 

   The Collectors Club in New York City  - July 31st   10am to end of auction  

 • By Appointment (call 914.962.6900)


  You are welcome to personally attend the auction, held at the Historic Collectors Club, 22 East 35th Street in New York City 10016 or bid on-line through Stamp Auction Network.

                        The Auction begins at 1pm EST









Current News

Harmers on the Move

     Keith Harmer will be attending various New England Stamp Shows

 - call 914.962.6900 to meet with him.


August West Coast Florida - By Appointment

Brandon Harmer is in Chicago call 212.532.3700 or 312.809.8098

We are always willing to make arrangements to view your collection at your home or work location



We have several other trips penciled in, so feel free to call – we would love to see you.




Recent Events

Consignments are arriving for our Next Auction - call now

                    Mr. Keith Harmer has begun accepting consignments for his next Auction.  Early consignments are particularly encouraged for large or complex collections.  Please contact our offices at 212.532.3700  for more information or to schedule an appointment.   If you are in Europe - contact our London Office at (01144) 020 79893700 we will be happy to assist.  Please note that meetings at our London Office are by appointment only.

Harmer Family News

  Generations of collectors put their trust in the Harmer Family. 

Mauritius Rediscovered by Robert Beech, the Curator of the British Library Philatelic Collections describes the key role the Harmer family played in the famous Post Office Mauritius issue.







Insurance and Methods of Shipping 

     Harmers International, Inc. will provide standard insurance against all risk

(except War or Acts of Terrorism) for stamps sent by the following methods:













- PRIORITY MAIL (moderate values)

- CERTIFIED MAIL (for very low values)

     Provisions for insurance through Harmers requires prior advise under separate cover.

     In the event of a loss, the sender will be required to furnish reasonable proof of value.  We suggest that you document your shipment with a photograph or scans.

     Payment of insurance on the basis of 75% to the owner and 25% to Harmers.

Where to Send Your Shipment

     Stamps sent to Harmers International, Inc. should be carefully packed in suitable containers (cartons are recommended, along with plastic liners) and addressed to:

           Harmers International, Inc.

           1325 Echo Hill Path

           Yorktown Heights, NY 10598


Preparing your Material for Shipping

     If collections are sent in stock books or albums, please band or tie each individual book to prevent stamps from falling out.

     Do not use bubble envelopes or folders for shipping stamp books, or anything that can be crushed on its corners. Those type of envelopes do not offer enough protection and are not suitable for heavy books and because the envelop can bend are not suitable for delicate covers unless a non-pliable material, such as strong card or plastic is used to prevent bending.

     Double boxing Items with a plastic liner (un-used trash bag or saran wrap are normally inexpensive and suitable) help prevent water damage.

     Do not overfill your box with packing materials, this is the single cause of most damaged shipments. The need to force material back into the box or the need to push the sides of the box closed while sealing, is and indication that the box is over packed. If the sides of your box are bulging, your box is over-packed. While one box is generally preferred, two well prepared boxes is a much better option than one over-packed package.

     Do not under fill your box; shifting items inside the box can damage the items. The box should make no noise when shaken.

     Do not use newspaper to wrap books or stamps; the ink from the paper often transmits to the items.

     If you have any questions regarding how to package your material, please contact us or consult a shipping professional.

     Harmers is not responsible for damage due to careless packaging.

Labeling and Addressing your Package

    Be certain both the inner and outer cartons are addressed to us and have your return address, in the event the outer box is damaged.

     A copy of our shipping confirmation should be included with your shipment, and you need to retain a copy of the shipping documents for your records.

     Be certain to obtain a signature or delivery confirmation or a tracking number on your shipment to us.

     When using an electronic method to prepare your shipping label, it is very convenient to notify us of the shipment details, by including our e-mail address and selecting “notify recipient”. While any of our e-mail addresses is acceptable, if you are uncertain to whom to sent the notification, please use

     If you are not using an electronic method, please fax, e-mail or call us with the information including the tracking number, such that we keep the information on file.

Timing Sending your Shipment

     You must contact Harmers International and obtain a written shipping authorization prior to shipping your materials to us. Do not send your items on Fridays or any day preceding a holiday; this is when most items tend to be “misplaced”.

      Shipping expenses are the responsibility of the shipper.


     Stamps sent from countries other than the United States or its Territorial Possessions must be legally exported to by covered by insurance.


      The United States does not impose Customs Duty on postage stamps. However, sending – particularly if declared in excess of $250 – may be held by United States Customs for “formal entry��� processing. In such instances, Harmers will make appropriate arrangements with a professional broker.

     The brokerage fees are the responsibility of the shipper.