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    here is a list and a link of what is/isn't allowed to be brought in and duty free.
    i had read recently that duty free limits had changed, but i cannot find any link to changes.

    note the 6th one down, gift articles up to 100 AWG.

    now i am practically sure that the aruba customs agents might not charge you duty for bringing in the gift bag items, but for all intents and purposes the items are gifts, so please be aware.

    i have heard of no one having to pay duty on gift bags....plus the expensive part of your bags is the rum
    which you'll not have yet in your possession.





    http://aruba.visahq.com/customs/
    Free import


    • 200 cigarettes or
    • 50 cigars;
    • 1 litre of distilled beverages or
    • 2.25 litres of wine or
    • 3 litres beer;
    • Gift articles up to a value of AWG 100
    • Unlimited amount of perfume


    Prohibited


    • Illegal drugs
    • Guns, explosives and ammunition
    • Knives and deadly weapons
    • Furs
    • Precious stones
    • Perishable foodstuffs requiring refrigeration
    • Plant and plant products
    • Foreign soil
    • Pets and animals without prior permission
    • Dogs, cats, monkeys and parrots from South America
    • Meat and meat products
    • Counterfeit money and goods
    • Pornographic material


    Restricted


    • All animals being imported into the country will require a Veterinarian Health Certificate from the country of origin issued less than two weeks prior to your arrival. Dogs and cats will require an additional Rabies Inoculation Certificate proving the animal’s protection against the disease. Dogs and cats less than four months old are exempt from requiring any rabies vaccinations providing prove of the animals age is included on the original certificate.
    • Leather imports of Haiti origin are unlikely to be accepted into the country.
    • Log and limber products from Liberia including posts, poles, tables, crates and tables are all prohibited from entering the country.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 06-17-2013 at 09:00 AM.

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    thanks so much, Andrea. Also, I am going to have my paper work from the Radisson for the wedding so I'm hoping they see what it is used for. But we are not doing the boxes, lol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    thanks so much, Andrea. Also, I am going to have my paper work from the Radisson for the wedding so I'm hoping they see what it is used for. But we are not doing the boxes, lol....
    EVERYONE wants their "cut".

    If I understand correctly, Aruban Customs looks at it "Gift articles up to a value of AWG 100". I have carried in gifts as a carryon and have been stopped and asked for the value. I was honest and it was under the 100 fl. so was waved through with a smile. The government wants to gain tax monies over anything over 100 fl. in that it was not purchased inside their own economy.

    Easy to turn it around and look at it as a US citizen returning to the US after buying $1000's of dollars of "x" outside the US and bringing it back to the US.

    No one WANTS to pay the duty TAX, but it is a way for the US government to earn money on items which were purchased outside of her own economy.

    The US government is doing the Caribbean nations as well as US citizens a favor by permitting $800 worth of goods back into the country.

    How much sales tax would you have to pay on $800 in NJ?

    Hopefully, as US Customs sometimes does, they will let you get by with the extra without having to pay the duty

    The US government has duties on gifts, such as wedding gifts, brought home into the US. http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id...kbyg/gifts.xml They still permit a personal exemption and the duty over the $800 is 3%. Again, not a lot of money compared to state sales taxes.

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    Aruban customs WILL stop you if you have items other than regular baggage and ask questions - possible search and charge duty. We had it happen when bringing in a few different items over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    Aruban customs WILL stop you if you have items other than regular baggage and ask questions - possible search and charge duty. We had it happen when bringing in a few different items over the years.
    Perhaps include the cost of the duty on the items in your wedding budget?

    If duty would not fit your budget, perhaps there is another area which can be cut?

    IF you are not charged the duty then you will have saved money for something else in your budget.


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    well, we are bringing regular baggage with us, not boxes. so hopefully we'll slide through and not a lot, just two checked bags and two carry ons for two people. that's not out of the ordinary. we don't have to bring the stuff back to the states so i'm not worried about us customs charging us anything. The NJ tax is 7%.

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    Gaby, have you considered a luggage shipping service? I've never used one, but they look convenient and handle customs/duty issues. Google "luggage shipping services international". Just a thought...

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    they want way too much money. its cheaper to take our chances,lol

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