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ukeinfused
08-22-2018, 03:49 PM
I keep thinking I *need* a laminated Kiwaya or Famous as a "take anywhere" uke.
(Despite great sound and playability, I couldn't get past the plastic in the Flea.)
What is people's experience with importing to the US from Japan? How much is charged?

I'd love a long neck as per Barry's recent review, but no one is offering them state-side, so you have to go through a Japanese company.

The price on this (Chinese) Kiwaya is enticing:

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F11 3197133647

And I think this one is gorgeous:

Famous FS 7G Red Sunburst Mahogany Soprano Ukulele https://applink.reverb.com/item/9801542-famous-fs-7g-red-sunburst-mahogany-soprano-ukulele

janeray1940
08-22-2018, 04:00 PM
I didn't have to pay anything in customs when I bought a Famous from Japan last year. I'm not sure how true this is, but I was told that if the declared value is under $2000USD they tend to not bother. I've only ever bought the one uke from Japan, but I buy a lot of books and CDs and smaller items and again, have never been charged customs fees.

Doc_J
08-22-2018, 04:22 PM
I've never been hit with any US Customs fees when ukes have been sent to me via Express Post (Japan, UK, Canada). I did have some broker fees when ukes were sent via UPS.

Jerryc41
08-22-2018, 04:29 PM
I bought a KoAloha on eBay, and it came from Japan. I just paid the shipping charge. I also bought a camera lens from Japan. Same thing - just shipping.

Jerryc41
08-22-2018, 04:32 PM
That seems awfully cheap for a Kiwaya.

Edit: I just read Barry's review. It sounds like a great buy!

stevejfc
08-22-2018, 05:04 PM
I've never had any issues purchasing from Japan or elsewhere. Any rosewood may result in a CITIES violation. Most Japanese dealers are aware of this, and will not ship to the states...………….however, from the description, this is not an issue with this ukulele.

ukeinfused
08-22-2018, 05:23 PM
Thanks to all for your replies.
Seems like I heard an anecdotal story of a uke getting stuck in customs for a while and charged further fees, so this is good news. :)

kohanmike
08-22-2018, 06:16 PM
I buy from Vietnam for ukes up to $780 and never paid a customs fee, only shipping. I also buy from Japan rather inexpensive items with no added fees. i don't know how that will change with the laws the current administration is implementing.

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UkingViking
08-22-2018, 07:39 PM
Sounds so easy in the States compared to Denmark.

Not only do we need to pay customs on both merchandise and shipping cost of anything with a value of more than $12 from outside EU, we need to pay a fee of the equivalent of $30 for customs handling.

Sounds easier in the States.

Ziret
08-22-2018, 10:00 PM
We have friends and relatives in Japan and send and receive packages all the time. No customs.

Jerryc41
08-23-2018, 02:54 AM
Thanks to all for your replies.
Seems like I heard an anecdotal story of a uke getting stuck in customs for a while and charged further fees, so this is good news. :)

I had something coming from a foreign country, and it waited in customs for a couple of days. I don't recall what it was. Tracking showed it all along the way. No big deal.

hoosierhiver
08-23-2018, 02:57 AM
While it is possible that a ukulele from Japan might be assessed for customs fees, it is very unlikely. Most of the time things pass through without any additional duty.

Pop Alexandra
08-06-2019, 10:50 PM
You should also consider W2C (https://w2c.ca/en/training/) as a viable brokerage alternative for instrument imports.

Jerryc41
08-07-2019, 12:35 AM
While it is possible that a ukulele from Japan might be assessed for customs fees, it is very unlikely. Most of the time things pass through without any additional duty.

I bought a KoAloha from Japan, and it arrived in a reasonable time with no fees added.

AQUATOPAZ
08-07-2019, 09:04 AM
You should also consider W2C (https://w2c.ca/en/training/) as a viable brokerage alternative for instrument imports.

If you mean as an alternative to using a broker, just doing it yourself, a course wouldn't be necessary. Just the ability to find the correct code for the item, and someone who will sell you a bond, which is probably the hardest part.

keenonuke
08-07-2019, 09:10 AM
I havenít had issues with ukuleles coming into the US. But I have a ukulele that I sent to Italy for repair and it has been stuck in customs there for almost a week. Italian Customs didnít care when the builder tried to explain itís a repair. :-(