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    Question Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    Forgive me if the topic has been discussed but, a forum search only brought up topics about shipping through U.S. customs.

    I hope to retire from my job in Saudi Arabia and move back to the U.S. within the next 12 months. I don't trust shipping them with my other belongings and would like to carry my watch collection with me on the flight.

    My question is, is there a best way to avoid paying import fees? I read someone suggest taking a photograph of the watches on a newspaper showing the date but, I'm not sure how the date helps matters.

    Thanks for any and all ideas

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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    When and where were they purchased? Did you have legal residency in Saudi Arabia?

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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    They were purchased between 2001 and the latest one in June 2014.

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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orsoni View Post
    They were purchased between 2001 and the latest one in June 2014.
    If you bring proof of residency of both countries and proof of purchases with dates, plus proof that you are actually moving, you shouldn't have to pay anything I don't think. Not an expert, just my experiences moving from country to country.

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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    Thanks.

    I have some receipts but, not all :( I wasn't thinking ahead

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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orsoni View Post
    Thanks.

    I have some receipts but, not all :( I wasn't thinking ahead
    Contact your border agency.

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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    H​ow many watches?
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    1961 Gold Accurist Shockmaster
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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    Twenty.

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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drop of a Hat View Post
    If you bring proof of residency of both countries and proof of purchases with dates, plus proof that you are actually moving, you shouldn't have to pay anything I don't think. Not an expert, just my experiences moving from country to country.

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    This^

    Or strap them to your ankles and up your wrists and wear loose fitting clothes...
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    Re: Carrying Watches Through Customs?

    Does your employer support (financially) your repatriation and will they contract an international relocation company to act on your behalf?

    I relocated internationally a couple of years ago, with support of such a company, which advised on the items that I could ship via container and the corresponding declarations, as well as rules on hand-carried personal effects and valuables. I told them about my watches, for which they checked with the customs authorities in my destination. They confirmed that no declaration would be necessary and I simply carried them with me on the flight, together with most of the receipts and papers. My hand luggage was x-rayed, but there were no questions.

    I wasn't moving to the US, so it will depend on their specific customs regulations. If you aren't working through a relocation firm, it's best to check with the border agency as others have suggested.
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