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    Importing into the USA

    I am due in the US for a two week holiday at the end of the month and have been looking at Gs on the bay etc and in the US there is a wider choice of models readily available.
    Being from the UK I am aware of the laws and pitfalls around importing into that country, but what is it like in the US?
    Do you pay import fees to the US government, do deliverys often get delayed, which would be an issue given that I am in the states for only 14 days.
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    By mail or bu custom at the airport?

    If its by mail, from my cycling geared from UK, seems like if its under USD$800, there won't be any import duty.
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    Re: Importing into the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by stockae92 View Post
    By mail or bu custom at the airport?

    If its by mail, from my cycling geared from UK, seems like if its under USD$800, there won't be any import duty.
    There's a couple from Singapore/Hong Kong on eBay.com (US) that quote 7 day shipping and are around $120-150, quotes expedited international shipping. Have you experienced hold ups getting parcels processed once in the US?


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    Re: Importing into the USA

    I've purchased a few G's from Japan and Hong Kong, had them shipped here, and have never had any customs delays or other hold ups. Usually, the packages are not even opened for inspection. I've had one opened. I've also hand carried a few G's from Japan, declared them upon reentry into the US, and no delays or issues.
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    Re: Importing into the USA

    Quote Originally Posted by ccm123 View Post
    I've purchased a few G's from Japan and Hong Kong, had them shipped here, and have never had any customs delays or other hold ups. Usually, the packages are not even opened for inspection. I've had one opened. I've also hand carried a few G's from Japan, declared them upon reentry into the US, and no delays or issues.
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    Re: Importing into the USA

    US customs is a strange bird. Most go quickly through, if it gets pulled for inspection, it's in limbo. You have to file a tracking claim with the post office and that usually kicks it loose. If you buy one in the US to take home, wear it and no one will notice.

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    Re: Importing into the USA

    In the U.S. and have bought literally dozens of Gs from Rakuten, and some from Singapore or HK via Ebay. Only one time did I have one delayed in Customs for a couple days. All the rest came through with no trouble (all through New York Customs - other locations might be different), and I have paid zero in Customs fees.

    If you will be in the U.S. for two weeks.. you could buy from Amazon, Ebay, or even Rakuten in Japan. Rakuten shipments typically use EMS, and will normally get items to me on the East Coast within 4-5 days of placing the order. Sometimes faster. If using Ebay you would have a chance to buy from sellers like me who don't ship overseas. USPS Priority Mail is pretty fast and will normally get the item to you within 2-3 days. A First Class parcel is slower, may take 4-5 days or so.
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    Re: Importing into the USA

    Thanks everyone, looks promising - I will look at what's available a couple of days before I travel to give whatever I buy the best possible chance of arriving whilst there.


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