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Old 11-01-2010, 06:30 AM
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Hi everyone,
i hope it's not double post i tried search and stuff but i think my questions are very specific and could be useful for others too...

Living in Europe means that everything in RC (and actually anything else too ) is quite more expensive than in america and especially in asia (i have this impression for webshops and in asia with personal experience too).
Fortunately i travel to Malaysia here and there. And i chose new piece of equipment that i'd like to get. Futaba 10CHG transmitter set with receiver.

Travelling with equipment questions :
1) How would you folks recommend to carry around electric heli (Walkera CB180Z in my case)? Take it onboard as hand lugage? Check it in for cargo space? I do have alu case for it which i think should be able to stand handling but one never knows.
2) In the case of taking it on board, did anyone try to take transmitter on board? I can imagine security guard would be (rightfully)paranoid about letting me in and throwing away transmitter is bad idea...

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3) If i buy transmitter in Singapore personally (meaning i will grive there) i would be paying taxes there. As foreigner i would say i have high chance of being stop on Singapore-Malaysian borders. With item like Futaba 10C i guess they would put duties and taxes on it. Anyone has idea how much would this be? Does make sense to pay taxes in Singapore and then again in Malaysia? Then add again borders from Malaysia to Europe on the airport. Same situation.
4) If i buy transmitter online in Singapore and let them ship it to Malaysia, then it might be stopped on the borders again with, duties and taxes put on it. Then trip to Europe with again chance for new taxations and duties.

Avoiding all this would be good. Paying taxes and duties 3 times is not exactly what i would (or anyone) like to do.

So did anyone go for holiday and bought stuff there? Any feedback is much appreciated.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:09 AM
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Why don't you buy what you want in Singapore and have it shipped (mailed) to your home.That would mean only customs and taxes once, correct?
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:48 PM
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That's paying taxes twice. First in Singapore when buying the thing, second in Europe when it is delivered to borders. Thing i am trying to avoid.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:58 AM
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I am unsure about Singapore to Malaysia to Europe myself.

However, I have purchased entire buggies, Trx & Rx units, loads of spares, even a Blade CX 2 and brought them all back with me from the States to Dubai. Only tax I paid was the sales tax in US.

I didn't even think about trying to bring it through carry-on though. That's just too risky. Packed everything up nice, solid and safe, splashed a ton of FRAGILE stickers on it and went for it. I have done this about 5 times in the past 3 years.

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just an idea, i have NO experience flying. it might be better if you just ship it separately, ahead of time, and say its used car parts.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:47 AM
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Problem with declaring something as,you say, used car parts, and customs checks it, you are now in deep s**t. Customs have absolutely NO sense of humour and you end up being flagged in their computer. It could end up as a lot of grief for you.

Best bet is to bite the bullet, declare the item as it actually is, pay the taxes etc.
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I have travelled several times on planes (only in the USA) bringing a transmitter case (two transmitters) and two chargers (triton and cirrius) as carry on. Every time I am sent to a person to look at it and ask me a few questions, but I have never had a problem doing this.

I do believe they have changed the rules on LIPO batteries and what you can take on the plane, so if your using those for your Heli, you may want to call the airlines first.
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to:mogman what i was thinking is that a custom people would think used car parts is NOT very interesting, and not open the box. and it REALY IS used car parts, they are just SCALE parts.
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to:mogman what i was thinking is that a custom people would think used car parts is NOT very interesting, and not open the box. and it REALY IS used car parts, they are just SCALE parts.

There is no telling what a customs official is thinking. Best bet is to be up front, tell the truth and all will be well. You may get away with it....you very well may not. Is that a chance you would take? Could be costly, lose your parts, hefty fine,(double duty) flagged on their computer, future trips would not be pleasant.
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yes i see what you are saying. like i said i have NO experience flying, and NO experience with customs. given the current state of flying i think ill NEVER fly. i still dont know why it is the governments job to make flying safe. its my money spent for doing a job that should be the airlines job.
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