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  1. Tidgy's Dad

    Moroccan Fossils Seized.

    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/332935/moroccos-customs-thwarts-geological-artifact-smuggling-operation/
  2. Hi everyone, I am a double national from Mexico/Canada, and I travel occasionally between both countries. In my time here in Canada I have started a small fossil collection- three sliced ammonites, three cheap trilobites, a Crinoid plate, a 3.5 inch Megalodon tooth, a piece of ammolite and another gemstone. All of these are relatively small in the 1-3 inch range, with the exception of one of the sliced ammonites being 5 inches. I do not have a trip to Mexico planned solidly but I am considering going back eventually once COVID starts slowing down, and I will bring my fo
  3. Greetings kind people, Hope you are having a lovely day today! After weeks of research I decided to purchase my first set of fossils. But I'm worried about the rules and regulations here. Is it illegal to buy and import fossils here? Also I remember someone telling me importing antiques and minerals to India are extremely costly. All I need to know is, if someone from India has purchased from an international website and shipped it to India. Did it arrive safe? Was it super expensive to import? Did you have to face any legal penalties?
  4. I will be travelling to Germany for business but while there I will also go collecting in the Holzmaden quarries, I was wondering whether anyone has any experience flying from Germany (Stuttgart) to the UK (Manchester) with self collected fossils in their carry-on bag? Does anyone know if they will confiscate these or just ignore them? Thanks in advance!
  5. I know most likely some of you have bought something from another country & have it shipped to yourself in the USA. Any information would be appreciated. I'm hoping to get tracking on the package & shipped by a main carrier. My main question is - Customs. I don't want it lost in limbo or taken away. Is there extra fees or a certain dollar amount that import personal items is not taxed ? Just questions.
  6. Hey! I have kind of an odd question. I am purchasing a fossil for a friend as a birthday gift -- between a tip of a mammoth tusk, or a section of mosasaur jaw with teeth. What makes this unique, however, is that we are traveling to the British Virgin Islands (from the United States) for said birthday and I would like to be able to gift the fossil on the birthday instead of waiting until she returns home as we live in different states and I would only be able to ship it to her house and not be there. I am concerned, however, about bringing the fossils with me on the trip as I have
  7. Brett Breakin' Rocks

    Customs declarations to the UK

    Hello Everyone, I'm shipping a few of my finds from the East Coast across the pond to the UK and was curious about customs declarations. There is not really anything remarkable really, and I know that customs officials are screening tons of parcels daily and looking to intercept larger fish so to speak. I'd still like to make sure it sails across the pond smoothly, do you guys just mark the fossils as minerals ? Or just just a catch-all fossil description ? It's mostly fossil shark teeth, ray teeth, sting ray barb, cetacean ear bone etc ... a hodge podge of the ty
  8. Anyone ever have trouble with buying fossils and customs sitting on your package indefinitely? I bought some jacketed mosasaur bones from the UK, and they've been sitting in a ups warehouse since June, supposedly being held up by customs. I had actually forgotten it because work and a family vacation had occupied all my time for the last 2 months, then saw snollys prep the other day and realized I had never received it. Needless to say I'm a little annoyed and confused with where to go with this. The seller is trying to help, but ups is being useless and vague about the whole thing. I just won
  9. I am sure many of you are buyers as well as collectors, and one issue we would hate to face would be to have your legal fossils impounded by the customs, whether it be during delivery from overseas, or when you travel aboard with fossils. Personally, I've faced this situation twice. The first was when I imported a meg tooth from North Carolina. I was summoned to the customs office for smuggling in shark products. Thankfully, I managed to convince them that the megalodon was in fact extinct and not heavily endangered(glad the officer wasn't a living-meg conspiracist). Tw
  10. HamptonsDoc

    Importing Fossils

    I will be purchasing a few legal fossils with a combined value of a little over $5,000 US from an international dealer and having them shipped to New York. What do I have to expect in regards to customs and taxes? I had heard that fossils are considered antiques by US customs and therefor there are no taxes on importing. Anyone with any experience on this? The fossils will be for my own collection, not for resale.
  11. Hey everybody! After a long three weeks, my journey in England and West Europe is finally coming to an end. I will post a separate thread when I get home about all the fossilferous adventures we had with friends from the fossil community abroad! Now the following post is quite a long story so please bear with me. Earlier today I ran into some problems with customs when taking the train back to London from Gare du Nord. Previously during my trip I purchased a Moroccan partial mosasaur skull along with a Fox Hills Placenticeras (could be Sphenodiscus?) from a good friend in Amsterdam. Along the
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