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John Lee




Location: Singapore
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Aug, 2015 6:47 am    Post subject: Shipping a sword from one country to another         Reply with quote

Hi all this is my first time here and I was wondering if any helpful folks could help me out with something. I'll be moving back to the UK in September from Singapore after doing my National service and I was wondering how can I bring my commissioning sword back? Would I be in trouble if i checked the sword in ?

Any advice as im very lost with what I should do ?
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Leo Todeschini
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Aug, 2015 11:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi,

I thought National Service ended in the 1960's?

No problem at all bringing it back. Probably polite to let the airline know you will be bringing it and get a written response before you fly and checked in and securely wrapped will be fine. It is of course at their discretion.

As regards customs/police here, there will be no problem importing it if the blade is straight.

However if it has a curved blade, look up on the HM border agency rules and see what your sword comes under. I suspect though that the law was designed for people very different to you and that they are unlikely to bother you. It is really people selling sets of 3 'Samurai' swords at the local market to 12 year olds for 30 that they are wanting to really stop.



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Jeroen T




Location: Holland
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Aug, 2015 12:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As long as the sword is legal in the UK just put it in your suitcase if it fits.
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Jeffrey Faulk




Location: Georgia
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Aug, 2015 2:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I suggest picking up an inexpensive gun-case with foam filling and tucking the sword in there. They can typically be locked up. Put it in your checked baggage. There may be a customs declaration but as long as you make sure you have your papers in order you should be just fine.
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Matthew Bunker




Location: Somerset UK
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Aug, 2015 2:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What Todd said. As long as it's secured in a scabbard or something that ensures that it can't cause any harm, then they won't care.
I take my sharp swords by plane with no difficulties at all.
It's good manners to tell them about it first.

"If a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
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Matthew Bunker




Location: Somerset UK
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Aug, 2015 2:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeffrey Faulk wrote:
They can typically be locked up..


If you lock it, they'll just break it open to have a look.
UK customs advise you not to put any locks on any luggage, as they will damage the locks if they decide they want to have a look inside.

"If a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
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