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  1. #1 Shipito or similar services for electronic devices. 
    Hello,

    I'm considering buying a lens to a US dealer from Europe and I'm tempted to use shipito to save on duties and taxes.
    The thing is in order to do this I should declare value of the package is undr 20€, which I don't know if the people at customs would buy since I think the package for the lens might be bulky.

    Anyone here used shipito or similar to buy this kind of stuff?
    I guess worst case scenario is customs holds back my package and I end up paying the amount I was trying to save, right?

    Thanks in advance.
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    A non-commercial private sale from a Europe dealer to you in the USA would not result in any duty payments. I always declare the value I paid (useually under $3K) and have it insured for the same, and get it shipped via FedEx (usually the best rate) with tracking that works. In the EU end, make sure they do not add VAT (exempt when shipped to USA).
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    In Germany, your parcel usually lands in the custom office, and you have to pay VAT and import tax - sometimes you get lucky though, but I wouldn't count on it.
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    But, if you return a French of German made item back to EU from USA, is VAT still collected on the item with a EU origin? For example, you send a Angénieux lens to USA for sevice and when it is shipped back to the sender in EU.
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