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Sep 24th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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Need to pay duty on product bought over the internet to be picked up in France?

I ordered some Mariage Frères tea to be mailed to our friends in France to save shipping costs to the U.S. When we bring the tea back with us do we have to declare it, since we paid for it in dollars before the trip?

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Sep 24th, 2006, 04:12 PM
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Pretty sure you have to. Customs are declared when the goods are being imported, not when it's paid for.
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Sep 24th, 2006, 04:19 PM
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For simplicity -

I order my Mariage Frères tea from a merchant in Dallas, TX.

http://www.theculturedcup.com/

My favorites are Lune Rouge (green tea) and Fruits Noirs (black tea). What's yours?
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Sep 24th, 2006, 04:25 PM
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Not mine: my husband's. He just loves the French Breakfast Tea, which has an aroma of chocolate.
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Sep 25th, 2006, 06:00 AM
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Hi U,

You declare everything you are bringing into the US no matter where or how you bought it.

You may bring in $800 pp worth of goods duty free.

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Sep 25th, 2006, 06:45 AM
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I wonder if that is true Ira? Aren't we only supposed to declare what we purchased while abroad? Otherwise our list would be endless with everything in our suitcase and on our body. I might be misreading your reply.
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Sep 25th, 2006, 07:07 AM
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Ira is correct. You declare everything you acquire abroad during the trip. Doesn't matter when and how and where you pay for it. If you're bringing it in to the US for the first time, you declare it.

lemidi- You are misreading Ira's reply. It doesn't include things that you already have with you when you leave the country.
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Sep 25th, 2006, 07:09 AM
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Thank you. Anything "Acquired abroad" is the magic statement. OF all the customs forms I've filled out I couldn't recall exactly how it is worded.
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