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If I buy a lens from Japan $300 - do I pay any duties/taxes shipped to USA?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by pointbob, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. pointbob

    pointbob Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 2, 2012
    If I buy a lens from Japan $300 - do I have to pay any duties/taxes when shipped to USA (WA state)?

    thanks
     
  2. WRay

    WRay Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 23, 2012
    Riverside, California
    Ray
    You're supposed to pay duty. However, I've never been charged when purchasing camera equipment from overseas. ymmv
     
  3. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    I've bought the 12-35, 35-100, a couple of fuji's, etc. from overseas and never had a duty bill.
     
  4. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    850
    Jan 28, 2011
    USA
    I have purchased a few items and they arrive quickly if you use EMS and I have never seen a bill.
     
  5. rezatravilla

    rezatravilla Mu-43 Top Veteran

    532
    Aug 7, 2013
    Indonesia
    Reza Travilla
    ........gosh i envy Japan and US market. Heard from my friend, the price there is more humanity. In my country, Indonesia...example EM10's price is about US$ 980 thanks to tax and margins.
     
  6. pointbob

    pointbob Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 2, 2012
    Is the lens with held until I pay duty?
     
  7. pointbob

    pointbob Mu-43 Regular

    58
    Aug 2, 2012
    What is EMS? I imagine just regular post is all i'd see....
     
  8. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    850
    Jan 28, 2011
    USA
    Most of what I get from Japan is shipped via EMS. This seems to be a popular method and it has great tracking. I get things faster from Japan than I do from the west coast of the USA. I am in Maryland on the East Coast. The items have never been held up for me.

    Do a quick search for EMS Japan for more info. Items come into the USA and quickly pass customs and then are delivered by the usps.
     
  9. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

    563
    Sep 3, 2011
    L.A.
    I likewise have bought camera equipment from Japan, and have never been charged duty. The last time I imported a lens, using EMS, I tracked the package, and it cleared U.S. customs overnight, so it was quick.

    If you opt to use a private service like FedEx or UPS, it's possible you may get hit with a bill for customs duty. I imported some parts for my car last year, and FedEx promptly paid the duty, and later billed me for it. YMMV.
     
  10. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
    I have bought overseas three times. The first two came through with no duty. The third one arrived with a bill for the duty. So seems to be hit and miss.
     
  11. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    850
    Jan 28, 2011
    USA
    about how much was the duty and was it worth the effort of buying from overseas. Was this a Japanese sale using EMS?

    Tapatalk
     
  12. riverr02

    riverr02 Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 2, 2011
    New York
    Rafael
    I've purchased twice and both times the items came by FedEx. Both times I was hit with a duty bill courtesy of FedEx.
     
  13. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    I bought an O45 off ebay from a seller in Japan. I wondered if I would get hit with a duty, but I didn't. I don't recall what service they used to ship the lens, I believe I received it in the U.S. Mail.