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A tax collected on imports and some exports by the customs authorities of a country.

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How do custom officers determine if the imported goods of a passenger are old or newly bought?

Almost all countries levy custom duties (with an allowance) on imported goods by passengers, such as electronics, clothes, etc., that have been bought from outside that country and are intended to ...
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Forced to pay a customs fee for importing a used wedding dress into the Netherlands. Is there a way to avoid paying?

I have been required to pay a hefty Value Added Tax (VAT) and customs duty on my wedding dress that I brought from Australia to the Netherlands (I was stopped at customs, so I likely also need to pay ...
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Bring 200 boxes of slimming coffee to the US

Can I bring boxes of green slimming coffee to my relatives in the USA? Around 200 boxes of green coffee each containing 7 sachets. They are BFAD approved in the Philippines and in Dubai. This is ...
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Bringing whale meat in to the EU

Can I bring whale meat from Iceland to EU? (I am based in Poland but I guess everywhere in the EU rules are the same.)
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Retroactive duty charged on reimportation of luxury purse to Canada

I live in Toronto, Canada. I recently returned from a trip to New York. I was away for 5 days and declared $750CAD for the purchase of a designer belt and some cosmetics. This was exactly the amount I ...
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How many laptops can I take on an international flight from the US to Europe?

I am wondering how many laptops I can take from the U.S. to Europe – of course within baggage – but what about declaration value? What if I took 15 stacked in a suitcase, each worth $70? That is only ...
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Will I owe customs duty on Xbox One X while going to India?

I have recently bought an Xbox One X which cost around 534 USD including taxes. I wish to take it with me to India (Hyderabad). But I am worried about the duty imposed on it, which might be more than ...
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Can a someone with a tourist visa import a caravan or motorhome into New Zealand?

We are going to travel around New Zealand for 9 months next year with our 3 kids. The plan is to tour mostly by caravan or RV. The most economical choice would be to purchase a caravan when we get ...
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Why do airlines usually ask you how much purchase you have made?

It has been a while since I have been on an aircraft so I will try to remember this from memory. I live in Canada. Occasionally when I fly back from USA to Canada, the airline (Air Canada, United ...
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When you're not able to pay custom duty in the airport

I heard about custom duties (tax) we have to pay when we purchase something from another nation (in own country it may included in bill, for instance in India added as VAT - Value Added Tax). So for ...
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Duty on electronics when arriving to Argentina

A friend is traveling to Buenos Aires from the US, bringing both his personal notebook, and a new one for a relative. As I understand it, he'll have to pay 50% of the value of the new one (not sure ...
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Payment methods for customs duties at Toronto Pearson Airport

At the Canadian customs checkpoint at Terminal 3 of the Toronto Pearson International Airport, if a traveler needs to pay duty on an item, what payment methods are accepted? Specifically: Will US ...
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Could I enter Canada with more alcohol than the tax-free limit and pay at the arrival?

I am going to Canada and I would like to bring some specific local alcohol that is apparently not sold in Canada (at least not at the LCBO I would go to). I would like to bring enough for a party of a ...
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Can we avoid paying import duty for a work laptop temporarily shipped to India via DHL?

My girlfriend is an Indian national who has been living in the UK for more than 10 years and now has Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. Just recently, her mom in India became ill and she ...
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Are import duties the same when travelling by plane or sending by mail?

I am a Dutch citizen and I would like to know what calculator I can use to calculate import taxes on things I take with me from the USA to the Netherlands after my holiday. For example, I would like ...
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What and why do I have to declare when on a plane back home?

When I exited NYC a few years back, I was asked to fill in a form while in the plane to the Netherlands. The form asked me if I had anything to declare. I was at that time and still am unsure of what ...
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Am I banned from flying from Hamburg Airport for not paying custom duties?

I live in Netherlands. Last summer I flew from outside of Europe to Hamburg, Germany. Upon my arrival I had two boxes of cigarettes in my suitcase. The custom officer confiscated one of the boxes and ...
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Can I bring snake wine from Vietnam to Europe?

update I could smuggle two small bottles in my big suitcase. The rice alcohol with a snake in it is being sold in most souvenir shops, I finally bought it today on my last day in Vietnam because it’s ...
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Can I take two rings to Canada without paying any fee?

I'm going to travel to Canada and stay there for a long time. I want to buy two rings (the total value is less than 1000 CAD) for my wife and myself, and take them with me to Canada. Besides reporting ...
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How many phones can I take to Ukraine?

I will be going to Ukraine soon from New York. Some of my family members in Ukraine were asking us to bring some phones. How many phones can I take to Ukraine if the other phones are packed into the ...
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How much marmelade can I bring into the US?

I want to bring homemade berry marmelade in little glass jars with me to the US from Europe as gifts for friends. I have found the following site on importing foods into the US https://help.cbp.gov/...
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How much electronics can I bring duty-free on a plane to Ireland from outside the EU?

I'm travelling to Dublin, Republic of Ireland from Malaysia very soon for postgraduate studies. I have this Asus MG279Q gaming monitor that I would like to bring along. Are there any charges if I were ...
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What are the restrictions regarding bringing back items into the United States, bought in India?

I am a US citizen planning to travel to India and I hear the shopping there is quite fair. In particular the electronics. I want to get a few items to bring back home with me. So are there any ...
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US Citizen living abroad, moving some personal/wife's stuff with out her presence

I am a US citizen living abroad after recently marrying a foreign national. My wife and I intend to move back to the USA after her green card is issued. I am preparing to take a trip back myself soon ...
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In Indonesia, is import duty levied on items intended as gifts?

My brother teaches English in Jakarta and is getting married in Bali in two weeks. I am going to his wedding. I'm flying into Jakarta and will be there a few days. As a wedding gift, I bought a new ...
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Customs duties on antique books and maps imported as gifts from US to Germany

I am a German citizen and US resident (Green Card holder) and will be traveling from the US to Germany later this year to celebrate my parents' birthdays (both "big" birthdays). I will be ...
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Stopover in Dubai and import laws

A few friends and I are travelling from Ireland to Japan in a month and we have a 4-hour stopover in Dubai both ways (flights are all with Emirates). According to the Dubai Customs website "Original ...
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Bringing foods from Mexico to UK

I'm travelling to Mexico for several weeks with my Mexican wife, and we wish to bring a number of things back with us, but we're worried about if anything is not allowed. We know that we can only ...
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Are you able to bring bagels into South Korea on a flight?

My friend is going to NYC for a week. Currently in South Korea, we want to share the lovely NYC/NJ bagel. Assuming my friend packs the bagel in a airtight container to keep freshness, what is the ...
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Can I purchase a laptop computer in Japan and bring it back into the US without issue? Would I have to pay duty?

We are planning a two-month trip to Japan, at which time I'd like to purchase a computer for personal use. I would also like to permanently bring this computer back to the United States with me. Is ...
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Bringing mangos from the UK to Russia as a gift

There is an existing question here Mangos on flight from Palawan to Manila? that addresses a different case. We are hopping over to Russia tomorrow, I will return the same day/next day but my family ...
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Can I import electronics from India to Bangladesh while traveling?

I am from Bangladesh and I am planning for a trip to India in the next month. I also have a plan to buy a Macbook Pro, iPhone, and DSLR camera when I am in India as the price of the items here in ...
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Travelling from the US to UK with a company computer bought in the US - do I pay VAT at UK border?

I live in the UK as a UK national, and the US based company that I work for has bought me a computer in the USA to use for my work with them. I'm travelling to the US from the UK for business and to ...
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Do I need to pay import duty for bringing disassembled desktop computer to USA?

I'm going to UC Berkeley for an one-year program months later and I want to have my desktop PC with myself. The thread discusses how, while it doesn't contain information about import duty & taxes....
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Taking electronic equipment to India from USA

I am planning to take a digital oscilloscope from USA to India which I brought on ebay for about USD 500. The usual cost of the scope can be couple of 1000 dollars. Can anyone advise what will the ...
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How much import tax on electronics is being enforced on personal laptops, smartphones and IPads in Thailand?

We are family of 4 (2 kids (5 and 7) + 2 adults) coming from UK to Bangkok this January, each will be bringing their laptop (4 total), smartphone (3 total) and kids will also have their Ipads (2), and ...
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What does the $900 limit apply to in Australia?

When I recently went to Sydney, I was surprised to find that you had to declare items if the total cost was above $900? That seems like a rather small amount. I checked the box in the immigration ...
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In a trip through many countries, might I pay duty several times on things I bought in the first country?

I have a question re shopping/customs at each entry on a multi stopover trip. Itinerary: - Australia to China (5 days) - China to India (5 days) - India to Australia ( Connecting flights via China ...
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Bringing brand new iPad and tablet

I planning to buy brand new iPad and tablet from the UK as I live here to take to Thailand for my cousin and my grandchild. Do I need to pay for custom tax?
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Taking my 2 month old bicycle from the US to India on plane as checked luggage. Do I have to pay import duty when I land in India?

I am an Indian citizen. Also, I will be taking my bicycle with me back to the US in August. The price of the bike is around $1600 and it isn't sold in India.
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Canadian import duties for a non-resident

I am a UK resident, and will be traveling to Toronto, Ontario in a couple weeks. I have ordered a laptop from a US company who state: International orders ship via UPS. Generally, shipments are ...
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Does Azerbaijan charge customs on personal perfume collection

I am currently living in Malaysia and will move to Azerbaijan, but I have a perfume collection of over 60 perfumes and raw materials as I am a collector and I do this as a hobby, will Azerbaijan ...
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Importing bicycle to the US?

I am thinking about importing a used bike into the US and wondering if I would have to pay import tax (and what the rate would be). I live in the US and a bike that I had there got stolen some time ...
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VAT/Customs when receiving an item from the US in another EU country (on holiday)

I'm a resident of Denmark travelling to the UK for a holiday. Here, I will be receiving an item bought online in the US. FedEx has applied the UK VAT of approx 800 USD, whereas the VAT in Denmark ...
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Duty exemption for non-resident aliens [closed]

I would like to bring food (i.e. milk chocolate, cookies, ...) back from my home country (France) into the US. I don't go home often, so I'd like to bring back about $200 worth of food items. I am ...
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Does declaring items on customs necessarily imply taxes owed?

If an item needs to be declared on customs for any country when arriving by airport, and you declare that item, does that necessarily mean that you will need to pay duty/taxes on that item?
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American in Europe: can I avoid import fees?

I'm travelling across Europe, and my phone was stolen in Berlin. I'd like to buy a used replacement on ebay, but I see that I appear to be liable for a hefty import fee. Is that right? I'm only ...
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Travelling with expensive jewelries gift from my princess employer

Im worried because one of my relative from philippines told me i cant go home with this expensive jewelries that my employer gave me because she love that i work good for her. She told me that ...
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Leave Georgia (Sakartvelo) without motorcycle

I am an Estonian (EU) citizen entering Georgia (the country) by land with my own vehicle. I am granted entry for 1 year, but would like to leave my vehicle in Georgia and fly home within this time ...
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How do Customs determine the value of imported items from the US to the EU?

Every passenger arriving from outside the EU has a €430 duty-free allowance for imported goods. How is the value of an object determined? E.g., if I buy an iPad in the US that costs €400, but the ...
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