Help from our british and overseas friends RE: customs and DVD's?

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  1. Dacien

    Dacien Auditioning

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    Hello everybody,

    I'm going to be flying from Los Angeles into London, and then taking the chunnel into Paris. Does anybody know if i'll have any problems with customs if i'll have several region one DVD's with me? I'm going for my brothers wedding, so i will have some DVD's that will be gifts for him, as well as I'll be bringing my portable DVD player and will have several for myself to watch on the plane and etc.

    My brother thought that there would be a limit of three DVD's before i would have to pay customs, but if am bringing my player, would it be reasonable to assume that they are for personal use and be able to avoid paying customs?

    Any help or information about the topic, or past experiences would be greatly appreciated, as i really don't have any clue about what customs will want to know about.

    Thanks again, Dacien
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    If they are shrinkwrapped, any more than 5 will probably get you some questions. If you have a player with you you shouldn't have a problem if they're open. When you return to the US, you have to pay duty on your total purchases over $400 in total value
     
  3. Valerie Brown

    Valerie Brown Stunt Coordinator

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    To avoid paying customs duty on your way back in you can supply a list of the items to U.S. Customs before you leave. Include serial numbers so they can match the items.
    For more information you can go to the U.S. Customs web site, http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/.
    Valerie
     
  4. Dacien

    Dacien Auditioning

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    Thanks for the replies. I figure if i have my player with me, i shouldn't be charged any taxes to bring some of my own movies. It's not like i am importing them for a profit, i will be using them for personal use. Has anybody else travelled abroad with a bunch of DVD's? I'm figuring that i just won't declare anything, as i won't have more than ten or fifteen DVD's, and if british customs asks i'm hoping they too will assume they are mine for personal use.

    Thanks again, Dacien
     
  5. andrew markworthy

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    If some DVDs are a gift and the others are for your own consumption, then I doubt if Customs will be all that interested. If in doubt, go through the red channel and explain the situation to them. Unless you're bringing either a ton of DVDs (i.e. more than a single person could conceivably watch whilst on vacation) or anything containing hardcore porn or movies featuring animals fighting, then the chances are they won't be interested.
     

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