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#337332 - 05/15/09 04:42 PM Traveling with auto parts
D.O.A. Offline
I am coming down in a few days and have had a request to bring down an alternator for a piece of equipment. The lead time to get the part otherwise is something like 6 weeks if ordered locally. Does anyone have any personal experience with this? Did you have any problems with the TSA etc., if it was in your checked bag?

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#337353 - 05/15/09 06:01 PM Re: Traveling with auto parts [Re: D.O.A.]
JZB Offline
I've had water pumps in my suitcase before and TSA didn't have a problem with it but you can expect your luggage to be opened at every stop. I would be sure to keep the receipt and/or paperwork with the part so they know exactly what it is.

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#337368 - 05/15/09 07:17 PM Re: Traveling with auto parts [Re: JZB]
SimonB Offline
It's been quite a while but the only issue I had was getting dinged for some serious duties at customs. If I recall correctly the duty was more than 50% so make sure you have cash on hand.

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#337386 - 05/15/09 08:41 PM Re: Traveling with auto parts [Re: SimonB]
skippy Offline
This list provides rates on goods commonly imported as accompanied baggage.


Note: Revenue Replacement Duty (RRD) is calculated as follow:
Computed value based on cost, insurance and freight or shipping (CIF value) + Import Duty X RRD rate
Sales Tax is calculated as follow:
CIF + Import Duty (ID) + RRD (where applicable) X 9%
Environmental Tax is calculated as 2% of the CIF value

Description Import Dutyrate - Revenue Replacement Duty rate - Sales Tax rate - Environ. Tax rate
Apparel (clothing) 20% --- 9% 2%
Baby Backpacks 20% --- 9% 2%
Baby Strollers 5% --- 9% 2%
Baby Car Seats 20% --- 9% 2%
Bags, Briefcases 20% --- 9% 2%
Battery Chargers 5% --- 9% 2%
Bicycles
20%
--- 9% 2%
Binoculars 5%
--- 9% 2%
Cameras (photographic) 20%
5% 9% 2%
Cassette Player/Recorder 20%
--- 9% 2%
Cassette Tapes (recorded) 20% --- 9% 2%
Cassette Tapes (unrecorded) 5% --- 9% 2%
Cell Phones 20% --- 9% 2%
Compact Disc (recorded) --- --- 9% 2%
Compact Disc (unrecorded) --- --- 9% 2%
Compact Disc Players 20% --- 9% 2%
Computers, Printers, Scanners --- --- 9% 2%
Digital Cameras 20% 5% 9% 2%
DVD Players
20% --- 9% 2%
Fax Machine 5%
--- 9% 2%
Fax/Phone combined 5% --- 14% 2%
Firearms, Air Revolvers and pistols, Rifles, Shotguns 50% 20% 9% 2%
Fishing Line (nylon) 5% --- 9% 2%
Fishing Reels --- --- 9% 2%
Fishing Rods --- --- 9% 2%
Golf Bags (leather or plastic) 20% --- 9% 2%
Golf Clubs and Balls
10% --- 9% 2%
Hand Tools (electric)
5% --- 9% 2%
Hand bags (leather) 20% --- 9% 2%
Headphones 20% --- 9% 2%
Jewelry 50% 10% 14% 2%
Microwave Ovens 20% --- 9% 2%
Modems (fax) 5% --- 9% 2%
Musical Instruments (except steel band instruments) 10% --- 9% 2%
Navigational Equipment (radio navigation apparatus) 5% --- 9% 2%
Pocket Knives 5% --- 9% 2%
Racquets 10% --- 9% 2%
Radio Transceivers (hand-held, citizen band) 20% --- 9% 2%
Radio Transceivers (other) 20% --- 9% 2%
Radios (car radios, radio cassette players) 20% --- 9% 2%
Radios (portable) 20% --- 9% 2%
Roller Blades, Roller Skates 10% --- 9% 2%
Skateboards 10% --- 9% 2%
Ski Equipment 10% --- 9% 2%
Skis (water) 10% --- 9% 2%
Sleeping Bags
20% --- 9% 2%
Software 45% ---
9%
2%
Sunglasses
20%
---
9%
2%
Surfboards 10%
---
9%
2%
Telephone Answering Sets 5% --- 14% 2%
Telephone /Fax 5% --- 14% 2%
Telephones, including Cell, Mobile, Radio, Satellite 5% --- 9% 2%
Television Sets
20%
---
9%
2%
Toasters (electric) 20% --- 9% 2%
Toys 20% --- 9% 2%
Amplifiers 45% --- 9% 2%
TV Games 20% --- 9% 2%
Video Cameras 20% --- 9% 2%
Video Machines 20% --- 9% 2%
Video Tapes (recorded) 45% --- 9% 2%
Video Tapes (unrecorded) 5% --- 9% 2%
Walkman Cassette Radios (pocket)
20% --- 9% 2%
Discman CD Radios (pocket) 20% --- 9% 2%

http://www.customs.gov.bz/baggage.html
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#337389 - 05/15/09 08:53 PM Re: Traveling with auto parts [Re: skippy]
Peter Jones Offline
If you think you may be entitled to a lower rate of duty on importation into Belize then arrange this ahead of time and carry a letter/permit with you. I'm not at all sure of the rules as they seem to change, but something which is wholly intended to support tourism (eg. a part for a tour boat) may be free of some taxes.

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#337392 - 05/15/09 09:33 PM Re: Traveling with auto parts [Re: Peter Jones]
D.O.A. Offline
I always find the contrast amazing on this. For such a usually laid back place and as easy as it is to get through customs(I do not think it has ever been more than 3 minutes) they have a million and one cryptic regulations. I understand why they exist, in order to help "protect" the local economy and all but I guess I never really consider all the paperwork behind it since I have always glided thorugh because I had nothing to declare. It just seems so counter to the average speed of things on island time.

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