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Does the receiver need to report invalid customs declaration on international shipment

Lets assume the following very likely scenario that definitely happens more than often: I have ordered a product from outside the country that - including shipping - exceeds the amount where you dont ...
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How common are import bans of what is freely traded on national markets?

In this question I will give an example of a law that effectively bans the import of (and makes attempted import without prior approval a crime) certain goods that can be freely bought and sold on ...
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Do I need to pay duties when bringing items into country for storage?

I have a very interesting situation. I have a whole bunch of product cartons at Amazon warehouses in US right now. They were imported from China and duties were paid upon importing to US. I am not ...
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Does the US provide countervailing duty relief, deferral, or refunds for re-exports?

A product, such as a widget, is imported into the US from country A. The US levies a countervailing duty on widgets from country A. There are no antidumping duties. The widget is re-exported by truck ...
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Answering “Do you have anything to declare?” to customs in the absence of any explanation of the question

On some occasions, when a traveler goes through US customs, there are electronic self-serve kiosks or paper forms with detailed customs questions about what you are carrying (currency, goods, food, ...
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When moving from abroad, can a US citizen ship his belongings to the US before purchasing his plane tickets? [closed]

I am a US citizen who has lived abroad for the past decade. My wife (a non-US citizen), has been offered employment in the US, and is currently awaiting her H1-B visa. We plan to fly to the US as ...
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Can I claim if Customs open & damage my parcel even though contents clearly labelled & nothing was found

A model train was sent from Canada to UK & clearly marked. It took a year to make & was then sold. It has been drilled by customs from bottom to top & the buyer no longer wants it. He was ...
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Liabilities of countries as members of the Universal Postal Union

Bob, in country A, sends Alice, living in country B (one of the most corrupt countries in the world) a gift by air mail: some non-prohibited good stuff of a total weight 10 kg which will make Alice ...
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Is there a requirement for DHS CBP to provide a phone call for detainees claiming to be Americans?

Francisco Erwin Galicia was stopped at US DHS-CBP checkpoint and held 23 days incommunicado in Texas. If he made the claim that he was an American, are authorities required to provide him with a ...
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Can I be prosecuted for smuggling as long as I honestly declare everything I'm bringing?

Some products are illegal in some countries, or cannot be legally imported. If I attempt to carry such a product into the country, but then honestly declare it at the border (I would like to declare ...
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Country specific customs duties

How are Trump's recently imposed customs duties on China legal? According to WTO regulations, aren't you supposed to treat all your trading partners equally?
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Is it legal to import a whip to England for use as decoration?

I would like to know if it is legal to import a whip to England, for use as decoration. According to a UK Government Webpage Offensive weapons which are designed to kill or inflict serious injury ...
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Legality of importation of Insulin from Mexico

NBC Nightly News (1/22/19) carried a story about people purchasing insulin (which may or may not require a prescription) in Mexico because the same drug costs approximately 10% of the US price. One ...
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In UK legislation, what does “reasonable grounds to suspect” mean?

In the Customs and Excise Management Act of 1979, section 161 the language "if there are reasonable grounds to suspect" appears. Practically, where is the line drawn for "reasonable," and how ...
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Import Tax - “made in China” versus “made in Taiwan”

Is there any reason for tax purposes a company would stamp made in Taiwan, when the products are actually made in China? Do you pay less tax or VAT when you import them in to the UK? They might do ...
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Forged signature in DHL Invoice

My sister in India sent her dysfunctional iphone to me in the UK through DHL. She signed some paperwork and was charged Rs. 4300 for the transfer. She did not quote a value for the product nor did she ...
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International purchase for a family member

I have little experience with the law, so I wanted to ask about my situation before I take any action. A cousin asked me to purchase an item on Amazon and send it to them internationally via UPS (I ...
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Is there a fully legal way to pay EU customs as a recipient without post handling fee?

Note: I'm not sure this belongs to this site, so feel free to point me to where I can investigate or migrate the question. I live in Belgium, Europe. I often order items from outside the EU, because ...
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Is it legel to sell used bikes online as a business?

I am thinking about buying used bikes from China, shipping them to the US and selling them online. I would like to sell branded used bikes. Is this legal? Are there particular copyright or customs ...
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(How) Can I easily export produce from Serbia to Sweden via Hungary?

I am from Sweden and I have a friend who lives in Serbia. My friend produces cheese, honey and wine. I'm helping my friend to investigate what would be involved in order to export his produce to ...
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Do I have to pay customs taxes for a returned article?

I live in France, I ordered an item from the United States and I didn't like it. I returned it and the parcel status is: Inbound Into Customs, Your item is being processed by United States Customs. ...
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Traveling abroad with high end cryptography devices and software

In the next months I’m going to travel abroad with my laptop and my Ledger Nano S. I’ll visit most of the EU countries, Russia, China, Brazil, U.S. and Canada. I’m an EU citizen. I was wondering if I ...
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Taking “wild animals” on a plane

last week I was in London for some sightseeing. In a park, I saw a lot of squirrels, and most of them were quite tame, came to other people, climbing on their trousers and ate out of their hands. I ...
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What's the total value for customs of a check?

I work for a non-profit company in the accounts payable department (we don't pay taxes in most states... as long as we are in the state, I think). My boss was gone for the day and I had an urgent ...
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Sending dried fruits to Australia through courier

I have sent 1kg of dried fruits as a gift to a friend from New Zealand to Australia. I DECLARED them in customs form when sending parcel through New Zealand post. But now some one now tells me that ...
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Is it legal to ask an unknown person to buy something for me abroad, and then buy it back?

I assume of course that laws will differ by country, and I'm interested in those differences, though there should be some common aspects. There are several layers to my question. We agree that your ...
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Counterfeit vs. pirated goods

What is the difference if any between pirated, contraband and counterfeit goods? "Smugglers usually smuggle contraband into and out of a country for commercial gain" a shipping line can as well be ...