I have portable closet which I want to take with me from India to the USA. The parts consists of 20 steel tubes which fit inside a suitcase. Can I carry those in my checked baggage?


Nothing to stop you taking your closet as long as it fits in a suitcase or box which fits within the size and weight limits of the airline.

But unless it is a special design or a piece of furniture that has a high personal value, I would not bother. Better take those things you can not buy where you go and do not pay for extra luggage, (but that is my view rather than fact.)
Buying a new closet or having your current one send to you will likely be cheaper for a long stay, and for a short stay you can likely do without the closet or buy a cheap alternative (maybe second hand.)

Based on the comments a warning: Having that many steel tubes in your luggage may mean that it will be checked extra. Often that is by opening the case and having a look, likely with a dog trained to smell explosives near. It can also 'just' be a different scanner and an electronic device to check for explosives.

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    Yes and as someone who has moved countries with a lot of my stuff in extra baggage let me add this piece of advice: also include in your cost analysis physically lugging that stuff both from and to the airports :-) – davnicwil Nov 22 '18 at 16:19
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    Many people living elsewhere do visit their home country occasionally. Whenever I do, I also bring as much stuff back to my new home with me as I can. The space is otherwise wasted. I think the answer and comments should just stick to the facts. – Sebastiaan van den Broek Nov 23 '18 at 3:08
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    @WoJ If you are just wanting to move a relatively small amount of stuff (i.e. will fit into a couple of suitcases) taking it as checked luggage is often the cheapest (and most straightforward) way to move it. Extra checked bags typically cost in the region of $50 -$100. In many countries customs agents' fees for shipped items alone can be significantly more than that. – stuart10 Nov 23 '18 at 8:36
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    There's a chance of a funny terminology issue -- I'm not sure how "closest" is used in Indian English. An exhibition booth, for example, could also be described as portable and consist of a load of steel tubes (with panels or flexible sheeting between them) – Chris H Nov 23 '18 at 9:56
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    @ChrisH true - I had a "water closet" on my mind initially. – ElmoVanKielmo Nov 23 '18 at 10:55

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