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    The FujiFilm XPro1 digital camera that I want is a few hundred dollars cheaper in USA than Japan. So I was debating doing an online purchase and having my parents mail it to me. My only fear is of the postman handing me a customs tax/tariff slip saying I own Y20,000 or something of that sort.
    I`m not sure if it would be a guarantee that I would have to pay something, or what exactly I should have my parents write on the customs form as to what the item is, or am I worrying too much and it`s a non-issue?

    If it`s listed as a gift, not sure if that alone gets me out of the perceived view that I`m trying to import a Japanese camera that`s being sold in USA, when I could buy it here (but pay more).

    Ideas???

  • #2
    Originally posted by frownsarefun View Post
    If it`s listed as a gift, not sure if that alone gets me out of the perceived view that I`m trying to import a Japanese camera that`s being sold in USA, when I could buy it here (but pay more).

    Ideas???
    If its a personal item usually its not a problem, only when you try to import twenty or more will the radars go up. Buying a Japanese camera overseas is not a crime. Buying in bulk and shipping them back for profit is.

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    • #3
      Generally not an issue, but if you are really worried, have it taken it out of the maker's box, wrap it in non-standard packaging materials, and have it labeled it used personal goods.

      Mail the documentation separately.
      Last edited by trip_hop; 2012-05-07, 09:39 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by trip_hop View Post
        Generally not an issue, but if you are really worried, have it taken it out of the maker's box, wrap it in non-standard packaging materials, and have it labeled it used personal goods.
        And don't write its true value on the customs declaration label.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by frownsarefun View Post
          The FujiFilm XPro1 digital camera that I want is a few hundred dollars cheaper in USA than Japan. So I was debating doing an online purchase and having my parents mail it to me. My only fear is of the postman handing me a customs tax/tariff slip saying I own Y20,000 or something of that sort.
          I`m not sure if it would be a guarantee that I would have to pay something, or what exactly I should have my parents write on the customs form as to what the item is, or am I worrying too much and it`s a non-issue?

          If it`s listed as a gift, not sure if that alone gets me out of the perceived view that I`m trying to import a Japanese camera that`s being sold in USA, when I could buy it here (but pay more).

          Ideas???
          Be careful about sending it in the first place. How does the US deal with batteries in the mail? Here, I tried to mail my camera to the maker for repair and was refused by 2 p.o.s because it is not allowed to send a lithium battery through the post.

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