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#514094 - 05/31/16 09:07 AM Customs at the airport  
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Melanie B Offline
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Have any of you brought home goods through customs at the airport? Our realtor recommended purchasing bedding, towels, etc in the US. We will be bringing suitcases with these items on the plane and through customs at the airport. We are wondering how difficult this might be?

#514096 - 05/31/16 10:13 AM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: Melanie B]  
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Towels, bedding and such are for sale here on the island and it's not necessary to smuggle them in. If you do decide to bring them in a suit case the customs inspector will charge you a fee or several fees making it even more impractical. I've brought things into Belize in my suitcase by unwrapping them and not declaring but items that one might have in a suitcase normally like clothing and cameras. You might have some embarrassing and difficult explanations and find the smuggling business isn't your forte with no real profit to show for the experience.

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#514104 - 05/31/16 01:34 PM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: elbert]  
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Melanie B Offline
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We aren't trying to smuggle them. We have a list of what is in each bag, with the price and receipts. We assume we will have to pay some fees, we are just wondering how complicated this is.

#514106 - 05/31/16 02:05 PM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: Melanie B]  
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SimonB Offline
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It's not complicated.

#514107 - 05/31/16 02:25 PM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: Melanie B]  
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Diane Campbell Offline
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A caveat if you haven't already purchased ...... don't go for high thread count sheets. They are way too hot for this climate.
Recommend 350 at most. If you like fancy, I recommend the birch-satin sheets from BB & B. They are soft and lightweight and just about perfect for the tropics.

Great deals on nice towels can be had at Mirab in Belize City. Towels are so bulky I cannot imagine packing and flying them in.

Pretty sure you need cash (not credit cards) for customs so be sure to come prepared.

#514108 - 05/31/16 02:31 PM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: Melanie B]  
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SimonB Offline
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To each their own, I'm on my second set of these - and I don't sleep with A/C. Love them...

#514109 - 05/31/16 02:33 PM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: Melanie B]  
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I don't believe they will accept a credit card or check so have either USD or Bz with you to pay the duties. Make sure to bring some small bills too because at times I've had trouble and delay because they couldn't make change. The whole process is very easy. I have never volunteered the receipts and have only needed them on electronic items because they had no idea how to estimate value on such items.

It varies depending on who the individual custom officer is but overall they are fair and OK to deal with as long as you are somewhat reasonable on your reporting. Duties vary on classification of goods brought in. Keep smiling and be respectful. One time I had the customs officer lower my estimated value.

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#514125 - 06/01/16 09:07 AM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: Melanie B]  
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Melanie B, it is an easy process and something our Customs Officers are used to doing on a daily basis. Just show them what you have, how much it cost and they will tell you how much duties you have to pay. Not a problem. Although they do sell sheets and towels and just about everything else in Belize, I find the quality is not always the best for the price.

#514126 - 06/01/16 09:29 AM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: ragman]  
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Amanda Syme Offline
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Recently the customs officers at the airport simply google pricing for items being imported so they have a very easy method on ascertaining current values on items.

The customs declaration form asks you to itemize and value the items you are importing and you will typically expect to pay somewhere between 37.5%- 45% of that value in importation duties.

#514129 - 06/01/16 03:18 PM Re: Customs at the airport [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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So what is the charge per dollar value of the item. Say you have a towel that you paid $5, What is the duty?

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