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Hello Everyone,

 

I may or not be awaiting two(oops) Nakaya pens from Japan. I'm wondering if anyone had advice on whether it would be advisable to ship them separately(separated by time as well) as to avoid customs issues when importing into the US?

Does anyone have information on what value of package would "raise the flag" at US customs and require me to pay import fees?

 

Thanks very much!

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$800 is the threshold.

 

Unfortunately, I don’t know what the import tax rate is, but based on reverse-math from an order a few years ago (shipped by DHL) it was a little more than 5% (take with multiple grains of salt).

Edit to add: this was from Italy, so it just occurred to me that it might not even be relevant for Japanese imports.

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9 hours ago, CityPop said:

Hello Everyone,

 

I may or not be awaiting two(oops) Nakaya pens from Japan. I'm wondering if anyone had advice on whether it would be advisable to ship them separately(separated by time as well) as to avoid customs issues when importing into the US?

Does anyone have information on what value of package would "raise the flag" at US customs and require me to pay import fees?

 

Thanks very much!

 

The magic number seems to be $1000. Might be as low as $750. During the pandemic when EMS was not available, if shipped DHL and FedEx, there was a customs charge. Prior to the pandemic most proxy services advised keeping the value of shipments under $2000 to avoid a customs charge.

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The oldest and largest buyer and seller of vintage Japanese pens in America.


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Wow. #jealous. Imports ex-US and ex-Japan into the Netherlands means always 21% VAT and 12% import duties over EUR 150. So roughly 30%. No escape.

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