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02-13-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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Importing cameras and lenses...duty?

What is the threshold price for duty to be owned on imported cameras and lenses from Asia?

I am not talking about huge amounts. Say purchases of $500 to $800.

If there is duty and the items come via Fedx, does Fedx collect the duty?


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Couriers will normally send your stuff to brokers who charge duties + a fee.

If you want to just pay the duty, or get lucky and slip by, send via EMS. Usually if an item is used, you won't be charged customs.

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Avoid Ground shipping & you should be fine.

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Here in Canada, photographic equipments are exempted. We only have to pay sale tax. It's likely that US would have the same rules.
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I believe $800 is the threshold for importing things into the US from other countries. Here's a link that might be helpful. Now, on top of this you can be charged a brokerage fee if the item is shipped via UPS/FedEx. This is one reason I always use USPS/EMS for international shipping as they don't charge outrageous brokerage fees.

I would say so long as you keep the declared value below $800 and ship via EMS, you should be fine in terms of paying any duty. Also, FWIW, you won't be charged sales tax on the declared value (as you would if you lived in Canada).

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