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Is there way, as an immigrant, to take more than the usual threshold of property (clothing, CDs, books etc.) to America when entering on a K-1 visa, without being subjected to any import duty?

I don't have enough to warrenty using a shipping company, however I'll be taking more than the usual holiday amount of luggage!

any ideas or advice?

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"Moving Household Goods to the United States: A Guide to Customs Regulations"

www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/.../moving_goods.ctt/moving.doc

Household and personal effects, Packing

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/107/kw/household%20goods


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"Moving Household Goods to the United States: A Guide to Customs Regulations"

www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/.../moving_goods.ctt/moving.doc

Household and personal effects, Packing

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/107/kw/household%20goods

"Moving Household Goods to the United States: A Guide to Customs Regulations"

http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/newsroom/publications/travel/moving_goods.ctt/moving.doc

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/publications/travel/


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Is there way, as an immigrant, to take more than the usual threshold of property (clothing, CDs, books etc.) to America when entering on a K-1 visa, without being subjected to any import duty?

I don't have enough to warrenty using a shipping company, however I'll be taking more than the usual holiday amount of luggage!

any ideas or advice?

Is your question about taking a lot of luggage on the plane and thinking you will be charged US duty? You won't pay customs duty on your household goods---your personal clothing and belongings. You use the same customs form everybody on the plane fills out before arrival. Houston CBP told us to write "Household Goods" on the form.

The airlines will charge for extra luggage so check the prices on their website.


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Is your question about taking a lot of luggage on the plane and thinking you will be charged US duty? You won't pay customs duty on your household goods---your personal clothing and belongings. You use the same customs form everybody on the plane fills out before arrival. Houston CBP told us to write "Household Goods" on the form.

The airlines will charge for extra luggage so check the prices on their website.

Yes, thats pretty much my question. So I'll be ok to put over the value of all my personal belongings on the CBP Declaration Form 6059B without fear of a hefty import duty bill?

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Yes, thats pretty much my question. So I'll be ok to put over the value of all my personal belongings on the CBP Declaration Form 6059B without fear of a hefty import duty bill?

Things you would have to list for duty would be like gifts/alcohol you get at the duty fee shop, brand new items,etc. There is duty after a certain dollar amount. There's no limit on your everyday belongings, which technically are supposed to be over 1 year old. So bringing a bunch of electronics or cds unopened in new boxes might not pass off as your personal belongings if you see what I mean. They don't routinely inspect your luggage, but they can. You don't have to itemize and value your "household goods". Only new items like six bracelets you're bringing for the bridesmaids' gifts would be listed. You get up to something like $800 exemption before they charge duty on the bracelets.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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