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    PantsMcPant is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    How does Antigua customs tax work?

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    When you arrive in Antigua airport, does the customs open all your bags and levy customs/duty taxes on everything you have brought? What is the tax rate?

    How does customs agents ascertain the proper value for items brought into the country? Do I need to show a receipt?

    Is it better to send items through a shipper like AmeriJet, or will everything be taxed regardless.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PantsMcPant View Post
    When you arrive in Antigua airport, does the customs open all your bags and levy customs/duty taxes on everything you have brought? What is the tax rate?

    How does customs agents ascertain the proper value for items brought into the country? Do I need to show a receipt?

    Is it better to send items through a shipper like AmeriJet, or will everything be taxed regardless.

    Thanks.
    There isn't anyone in Antigua who can give you an honest answer to all of those questions. The reason is because that antigua customs officers are VERY shady..and the laws are deliberately vague for them..(At your new student orientation..the head customs officer will tell you this during his speech). Will customs go through all your bags? It's up to them..I had a friend 2 semesters back who came in with granola bars in his bag...the officer didnt care about any of his laptops, electronics, etc..but said he would have to pay $20 US for the granola bars..of course my friend said no and the bars were "confiscated". (READ: The officer was hungry). I will say that with shipping items in to antigua (not in your luggage) you are much more likely to be search/taxed than if they're on your person. They are not SUPPOSED to charge for items that are school related, etc. If you have your laptop on you, you wont be charged for it..but a guy in our class this week had a laptop shipped to him..and had to pay $560 EC to receive it..(for electronics, they have a huge book with product code/UPC's in them..so they look up how much something costs..and assign their own tax to it). If you do get taxed for whatever reason..DONT TAKE THEIR FIRST OFFER. So if they guy says.."I'm charging you $50 US", tell him (politely) that you only have $20 on you..and you're a poor medical student, etc. If you pay their first offer..i'm almost 100% positive that a lot of that money is going directly into their pockets..not antigua's tax coffers..of course..antigua's tax coffer money goes directly into the PM's pockets..but that's a different story.

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    TAX/Custom

    I agree with Cyberia
    1. Try to bring Items with you (not shipping). The procedure to release items from the custom if you ship them is time and resource consuming and ALWAYS expensive( 150us$ for used diving fins and a diving mask).
    2. In the arrival area in the airport, immediately after immigration and while you wait for your luggage you will see several people that you can hire to help you carry your luggage. Look for the the older ones, hire him/her. Tell them that you are after a long flight and very tired and you need to go home quickly and you will appreciate it (financially) if you can leave quickly. They also want to pass you through custom quickly because they will be free to serve the next tourist. They will take you (sometimes even to the RED ZONE, Items to declare, do not worry they chose the officer they know best), usually they are friends with the custom officers. And you will pass quickly without a problem. When you are outside pay them (3 us $ per suitcase is very good, remember that they share it and give a portion to whomever helps them…) and you are done. Make sure that you have exactly the amount that you want to give ready, in a separate pocket. I know about situations where change was promised and never provided or 20 us $ bill was snapped from someone’s hand etc.
    3.Make sure that everything looks used (remove original package, write your name in the books, any electronics cables should NOT be organized nicely, equipment manuals should NOT be next to the item, clothes should be washed at least once ) etc.
    Good luck
    4. To clarify , my advice is how to bring legitimate items (computers, books, clothes) however DO NOT try to bring drugs, guns or similar items, It’s a huge mistake , you will regret it (for many reasons beyond the scope of this advice)
    5. Whatever happens , be nice, polite. Remember if an idiot drops one stone to the ocean 500 wise man cannot retrieve it…
    Good luck

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    PantsMcPant is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Thanks for the advice guys. I wanted to bring a computer in which I am getting a pretty good deal from Dell. It is something like $350 for the whole system, while the normal price is above $600.

    Will customs tax me based on the $350 receipt from Dell or will they charge me the market value of $600?

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    Hey, just make sure your computer is not in factory setting when you come with it in the airport. In other words, make it look like it's yours, because the officers have gone as far as turning the laptop on to confirm it's your own property and it won't be sold. By the way, computers sell here! So this can be a way to pay off for that ridiculous plane ticket

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    ummm whoa, I just read your post! Never! tell them the price, never show them a receipt. Just say its your property, you had it for a while and that's all folks.

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    if they try to charge u an absurb amount, either pay it, bargain or prepare to lose ur item. do not fight with them, whatever they say... goes. u get mad and try to make a point by dropping the f bomb, u better hope u got a text book on u so that u can atleast study while spending ur night in jail. true story
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    They will probably ask you if its your first time in Antigua? Say YES (they can see it in your passport anyway) Then they usually ask if you brought stuff for someone or to sell here -- say NO , its just personal belongings. Take all carton boxes /wrappings off the computers, bars, etc.

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    When I came through in September, they were checking everyone's bags...lines were a mile long. On my customs form I wrote "Personal Effects - $NCV" (No Cash Value). When I got to the customs agent, he asked what 'NCV' meant and I told him. He asked how I made that determination. I told him that basically the object would go in the garbage before I paid a tariff on it. He looked at me funny and I told him I wasn't trying to be a smartarse. He unzipped my bag, looked at it for a half second, and zipped it right back up and sent me on my way without charging me a dime.

    My previous trip, the customs agent asked if I was a student and let me through without a bag check. It appears to be luck of the draw.

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    I have never once had my bag searched through customs...


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