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When most people think of smuggling they tend to think of people hiding massive amounts of drugs on or in body parts while crossing some southern border at midnight. True, this does occur. However, there is a possibility of smuggling something by accident or sorta by accident. When going on a trip whatever you buy you need to declare. Usually you can spend a certain amount without paying duties. However, if you go over that limit you will have to pay a fee. Sometimes people might just squeak over that amount. So they might selectively forget to list an item or two. Just remember if you do happen to not declare certain items and customs catches it, you might wind up paying a fine. So the best custom tip is to be honest. Pay a little now so you're not paying a lot later.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|