Tuesday 6 December 2011

For Those in the US Who Are easily Confused About Imports

It seems there is some confusion in the USA in certain milieus about the "rights" of a citizen concerning IMPORTS. There is a very helpful website written in nice clearly-understandable English made by those busy gentlemen in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection specifically about "Internet Purchases" which it seems every citizen buying stuff through the internet should be aware of. It has the following sections:

Your Responsibility and Liability
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Declarations
Postal Service, Couriers and Freight
Importing Process
Prohibited Merchandise
Restricted Merchandise
Electronic Transmissions

It seems it is not just ancient coin buyers that are discovering that "getting a foreign-bought item successfully delivered to the United States is much more complicated", as the customs men explain:

When goods move from any foreign country to the United States, they are being IMPORTED. There are specific rules and regulations that govern the act of importing - and they can be extremely complex and confusing - and costly.

It seems cheese and linen also are subject to some restrictions. Perhaps couineys should all read this before continuing their moaning about import restrictions on archaeological and ethnographic items without documentation of lawful export, it might put their complaints in a wider perspective and help prevent them feeling victimised. But of course there are some who don't want the problem to be seen in its wider context and in whose interests it is to raise indignation by persuading would-be buyers of illicitly exported dugups that they are being victimised and their "rights" are being infringed.

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