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Abyss

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.

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Darktooth

I have done a few trades with other members from overseas and have never had a problem getting my package. As far as extra fees or being taxed, it is usually when you ship to other countries they get charged a fee if items are worth over a certain amount. So when sending an item to someone across the pond, when I fill out customs I usually mark it as being worth under $10 dollars and state it is a specimen for educational purposes.

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Fossildude19

It would probably depend on the country. 

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connorp

Well for the actual rules, look here: https://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-import-export/internet-purchases.

 

I have never had issues and have probably gotten over a hundred packages delivered from both Europe and Asia. None were ever over $200 and I never had to pay customs fees, although I am unsure if there is a hard number when fees start to be applied.

 

The only thing to be wary about is unscrupulous/dishonest sellers falsifying customs forms. Because you are the one who can get in trouble for this, even if you were unaware. I don't know anyone who has gotten in hot water over this but I'm sure it's happened. If a seller offers to lower the item price on a customs form, say no. Better to pay a fee than go to jail.

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oilshale

I've never had a problem except for one case. Only once when I sent a shipment of a turtle from Messel (Eocene) to my father-in-law in Baton Rouge, La. , he had to convince the Fish and Wildlife Agency that he does  not need any Cites certificates for the turtle.

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Pemphix
3 hours ago, oilshale said:

I've never had a problem except for one case. Only once when I sent a shipment of a turtle from Messel (Eocene) to my father-in-law in Baton Rouge, La. , he had to convince the Fish and Wildlife Agency that he does  not need any Cites certificates for the turtle.

CITES ? For a FOSSIL ? Really ? :heartylaugh::default_rofl: 

 

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Abyss

It would be Australia & China, it would be around $500

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