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Old Jul 21, 2006, 3:33 AM   #1
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Hi everyone

This is just a general survey on what sort of custom duties you have to pay on camera goods when importing items from other countries.

I just received a package from BandH and instead of the normal 14% charged in South Africa, I got nailed with a 20% custom duty. Apparently that is the duty on 35mm camera equipment.

I have it good though, Nikon users cannot even order cameras from BandH, there is a trade block, caused by Nikon South Africa.

To give you an idea about why its better to order from overseas:
SA Canon 350D - $1142.00
BH Canon 350D - $699.00

Thats just for a backup body, you must know the price differences on lenses.
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