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Chris G.





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PostPosted: Mon 19 Dec, 2005 7:54 am    Post subject: customs declaration         Reply with quote

I have a fellow interested in buying a practice rapier from me. He lives in New Zealand. Will I encounter any problems shipping a sword outside of the US? Also, do I just declare it, "a fencing epee?" Thanks
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Russ Ellis
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Dec, 2005 8:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have shipped swords to New Zealand. I believe I just declared it as a "reproduction sword." It had a lengthy stay in customs and I believe there was a significant duty with it but other then that no problems.
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Chuck Russell




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PostPosted: Mon 19 Dec, 2005 3:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

reproduction or theature prop.
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Chris G.





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PostPosted: Mon 19 Dec, 2005 5:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks!
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Thomas Jason




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PostPosted: Mon 19 Dec, 2005 6:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've found:

"Metal/Wood Craft" to be an adequate descriptor that does not attract unwanted attention.

Putting "Sword" on a box is an invitation to disaster.
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D. Bell




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PostPosted: Mon 19 Dec, 2005 10:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Speaking as a New Zealander, I haven't had any problems importing swords, no lengthy stays in customs, and there is no duty on importing swords into NZ, although the importer will have to pay sales tax on transactions over NZ$400. That said, Iíll agree with Thomas that an ambiguous description doesnít hurt.
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Patrick Jones




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PostPosted: Tue 20 Dec, 2005 11:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've had a couple of sharp swords delivered to Canada from the US, and both were listed on the declaration as
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decorative ironwork
! Canadian Customs doesn't appear to have a problem with that!

cheers!

Pat
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Gary Grzybek




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PostPosted: Tue 20 Dec, 2005 1:15 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Things like "decorative iron work" or "Theatrical stage prop" will work. These days customs is getting very picky as you could imagine It's hard to say how they will handle things to be honest.
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