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Offline RayJ

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Trip to Hong Kong
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:00:28 PM »
Taking a weekend trip to Hong Kong in March and want to bring liquor and cigarettes to a cousin.

Does anyone have any experience as to what quantity is allowed duty free?

On a further note, my cousin will be bringing said items to Germany.

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Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2015, 11:18:33 PM »
Just browsing around and found this, hope it helps. I didn't read too much into it so I don't know any of the particulars:

http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/passenger_clearance/duty_free/
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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2015, 11:45:28 PM »
A passenger aged 18 or above is allowed to bring into Hong Kong, for his own use, the following quantity of tobacco products exempted from duty:

19 cigarettes; or
1 cigar or 25 grams of cigars; or
25 grams of other manufactured tobacco.


WOW -- thats tight.

I would not worry too much about German customs but I would be very wary of getting caught in Hong Kong. Not worth the risk.

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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2015, 07:34:33 AM »
Hong Kong customs at the airport is just like the Phl.  There's a nothing to declare "lane" and I have never seen anyone stopped.  Just to clarify I have only seen people with the "normal" amount of luggage for a vacation or business trip; 1 or 2 suitcases.  Maybe they would stop someone with a cart with lots of luggage.  I'm in Hong Kong right now.  (We have traveled to Hong Kong every year since 2008 except one year when we went to Singapore instead.)
« Last Edit: January 29, 2015, 07:39:40 AM by suzukig1 »

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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2015, 10:29:57 AM »
Thanks all for the reply's. I see now, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

I will avail myself of the duty free shop if the price is right. Time to quit smoking anyway  :)

But the prices for phil brandy are to die for.  7-11 , 24/7
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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2015, 12:43:59 PM »
Last time I was there I actually went without knowing the above restrictions, I always carry a couple of packs of extra smokes...nobody ask me but I had them in my cargo pocket....good thing to as I had a eight hour layover before I could fly back, never left the airport...found a place to smoke in the car park....
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Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2015, 03:18:44 PM »
Thanks all for the reply's. I see now, there's no such thing as a free lunch.
I will avail myself of the duty free shop if the price is right. Time to quit smoking anyway  :)
But the prices for phil brandy are to die for.  7-11 , 24/7
Sorry to admit that I smoke, though I hardly drink anymore, but life's too short to worry about those things. Anyway, we're leaving in a few more days headed for Northern California for a few months and I will be bringing 4 cartons of my favorite Malboro Lights with me!  ::) ??? ;) 
« Last Edit: January 30, 2015, 03:34:09 PM by Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am »
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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2015, 03:37:44 PM »
Art,

You can bring one (1) carton tax exempt.  Two (2) cartons since you and your wife are travelling together.  Any additional cartons you would need to pay duty on

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Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2015, 03:42:03 PM »
The last time we went to SFO, it was 2 cartons per person and
We even put it on our custom's form and didn't pay anything. ???
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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2015, 03:54:20 PM »
Art,

The following is from US Border and Customs Protection:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/53/kw/cigarettes%20limit/suggested/1

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Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Trip to Hong Kong
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2015, 04:08:48 PM »
It says here too in the link for returning residents:
Once every 31 days, a resident returning from travel from American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), or the Virgin Islands of the United States may import 1,000 cigarettes (5 cartons), not more than 200 of which acquired elsewhere than in such locations, within the returning resident's $1,600 exemption from duty and taxes. Kind of an ambiguous paragraph! How do you read it?
Anyway, it's no big deal, the custom's duty tax on over 200 small cigarettes comes out to about $1.01 a pack, that's still a bargain.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2015, 04:22:51 PM by Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am »
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