ltkenbo wrote:My girlfriend lives in Lima and I am going to visit her again in March. I work for a vacuum cleaner company and I get free vacuums sometimes. I got one from work that is a prototype/non-release version that is a 240/220 volt (it's still in testing). It is very similar to one on the US market. Anyways, I was wondering about declaring it when entering. If I claim $100 will there be suspicions? It costs us about that much to manufacture them and for parts (plus I got it for free and this particular version is not on the market yet). Do I need documentation to support this? I could declare it more like $200 (it's doesn't cost that much to us, maybe we will end up selling it for more) but what would be the import tax rate on this?
Both times previously I've gotten a green light going through (with nothing to declare) but I don't want to get in trouble for not doing something the proper way. Any advice would be appreciated.
definitely claim it on the customs form, and bring any supporting doc that shows the value. if you do not have docs proving the value, the worst case would be for aduana to look in their database for similar vac and value.
i would value it as $100 since it is a prototype. if you do get the red lite (i always do), more than likely, they will just scan your luggage and not do a physical inspection
every place has it's own spirit. you just need to tune into it.