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Old 08-10-2008, 09:34   #1 (permalink)
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HOw long to get camera gear through customs ?

It's currently the 3rd day that Customs have had my camera that has been imported from the States. Anyone any experience on how long it takes them normally ?
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: HOw long to get camera gear through customs ?

It sounds as if they've taken an interest and may want import duty and VAT before they release it. This can happen in different ways, but often the courier (FedEx, UPS or whoever) will pay this and then reclaim the money from you, together with their handling fee. Depending on how much it is (could be around 25% all-in) they may ask for payment before delivery, or accept a cheque on the doorstep.

This has happened to me a couple of times for non-photographic goods I've received from the US, and it can take a week or so, depending on how quickly the courier pays (assuming HMRC doesn't want the money direct from you).

I've heard that they are also tightening up on imports declared as gifts, or that have a stated value that is falsely low. If that applies here, it shouldn't rebound on you except that HMRC may want to establish the true value, but they may report back to US Customs.
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Re: HOw long to get camera gear through customs ?

Are you sure its just a camera you ordered Dave
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:10   #4 (permalink)
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Re: HOw long to get camera gear through customs ?

Well it was too much hassle to remove all the Event Photography printers from the Winobego
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Re: HOw long to get camera gear through customs ?

No but when in the print trade we ordered some special paper from a company in USA and it took 3 months to get it through customs. We had to print the job in 3 weeks so that did not work. So you may get it for Christmas.

Depends if someone nodded them the wink if you know what I mean. You never know what could be hidden inside the camera.

Your have it for the studio group.
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How much did you save Dave, buying from USA?
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Old 08-10-2008, 13:01   #7 (permalink)
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On this deal about 50%, but there's more to the deal than meets the eye I will share all once I get the camera
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On this deal about 50%, but there's more to the deal than meets the eye I will share all once I get the camera

So we will hear around Christmas then
50% is a huge amount, does that include import etc?
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You won't have much to photograph in Wormwood Scrubs.
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You won't have much to photograph in Wormwood Scrubs.
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Better light for portraits at the Holls
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Any news yet Dave?
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Well ifs as long as someone i know who had a "few quid" from abroad, so far its been 3 months !! Maybe u could use ur bus pass Dave when its ready to be collected!
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Gotta be a D3

and more than meets the eye eh? Hm....
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and more than meets the eye eh? Hm....
Ever heard of barking up the wrong tree?
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Think someones maybe taken a fancy to your piece of kit Dave.
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