Carrying two laptops into Australia

tpth

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Oct 4, 2007
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Hi, I'm an Australian citizen, and I'm flying back to Aus next month after a year overseas. I'm going via England, so I'm thinking of picking up a new MacBook duty-free in London before I leave. Problem is that I'll still have my old TiBook with me (I'm going to give it to my mum), so I'll be carrying two laptops with me.

Does anyone here have any experience doing this, ideally with Australia, but otherwise in general? Am I going to be slapped with tax or import duty for the second computer? I know some countries have a regulation where people can only carry one computer tax-free for "personal use", but I can't find anything online about the position in Australia.

Any help much appreciated.
 

Trepex

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Apr 5, 2007
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Hi, I'm an Australian citizen, and I'm flying back to Aus next month after a year overseas. I'm going via England, so I'm thinking of picking up a new MacBook duty-free in London before I leave. Problem is that I'll still have my old TiBook with me (I'm going to give it to my mum), so I'll be carrying two laptops with me.

Does anyone here have any experience doing this, ideally with Australia, but otherwise in general? Am I going to be slapped with tax or import duty for the second computer? I know some countries have a regulation where people can only carry one computer tax-free for "personal use", but I can't find anything online about the position in Australia.

Any help much appreciated.
Yes you'll have to pay duty and it'll be harder to cheat too since you will, as you said, have two laptops with you.
 
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klaxamazoo

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Sep 8, 2006
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Put the old one in your luggage and the new one as a carry on. I doubt that they will check or really care.
 
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tpth

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Put the old one in your luggage and the new one as a carry on. I doubt that they will check or really care.
Hmmm - yeah, that's a thought. I might do that. Fingers crossed the baggage handlers are gentle with it.
 
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PJM

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Oct 16, 2007
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I have done that several times without any problem. Usually, I have carried both laptops in my backpack. Only once the security guy asked me why I was carrying two laptop and I just said that one was for work and the other one was personal. Of course, both laptops looked used (I mean no labels, no plastics, no manuals, boxes, etc.).

Botomline, I would carry both laptops with me. I think that, as long as the laptops look as for pesonal use, you will not have any trouble.
 
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vicious7

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Jul 16, 2007
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Jacked into the net...
I have done that several times without any problem. Usually, I have carried both laptops in my backpack. Only once the security guy asked me why I was carrying two laptop and I just said that one was for work and the other one was personal. Of course, both laptops looked used (I mean no labels, no plastics, no manuals, boxes, etc.).

Botomline, I would carry both laptops with me. I think that, as long as the laptops look as for pesonal use, you will not have any trouble.
Same here. I used to travel back and forth between the US and Canada and it wasn't really a problem. When asked, I just said the same as PJM.
 
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aerove

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Apr 3, 2007
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if u can trust who ever is along with u on the flight .. talk to them over it and when u land at ur airport hand it over to them and let em tell the customs its theirs.. thats it! problem solved! well thats wat my sis did but she was travelling along with her frnd.Else ask the company u workin for to give a statement that the the old lappy u hav belongs to the office.. so its for office work..then u can carry one for personal use.. but mind u even if u can get ur mac in .. dont even think abt the boxes.. drop em right there :( its sad but true.. u ll miss em.. even i miss em.. my aunt got my mac for me frm us.... she had a office laptop and told the customs guys that this was hers..u dont need to start it up for them though!

peace out!
 
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joegomolski

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Apr 28, 2006
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Carrying two laptops into Australia

Hi,

I would recommend sending your old TiBook back by Fedex.

Or, other carrier.

And take the new MacBook home in you're carryon.

This paying import fees does not sit well with me.



joegomolski
 
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mac.rouge

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Oct 27, 2007
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not sure if you're allowed to have a laptop in your checked luggage.
better check that first, I heard you have to have it in your carry on baggage.
but not sure there!
 
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tpth

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Oct 4, 2007
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Cool, thanks for all the advice. Much appreciated. I think I'll just carry them both and take my chances.
 
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