U.S. Customs - iPhones as Gifts?

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  1. jasphair macrumors member

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    Hi there,

    I have an odd question, but one hopefully someone here can answer. I'm American but living in Canada. I'm flying to the States to visit my family, and I would like to give my parents two unlocked iPhones (a 4 and a 4S) I previously used. As these items are not new, and I'm bringing them a gift, should I be concerned about Customs giving me hassle? If I read correctly, gifts of $60 can be brought in for non-residents and $800 for residents. Would I be considers a resident living abroad (in Canada)? The worst case scenario is I would be charged some sort of duty for bringing these in? How terrible would that be, and how would they know how to value it properly?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I'd just carry them with me on the plane in a backpack or bag with your personal items.
    You wont need to declare them or anything.
    Just say you use 2 cellphones but I doubt they will even ask anything.
     
  3. jasphair thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmm, except there'd be 3 phones in total (my iPhone 5 I use, plus the two I'm giving as gifts). I don't think I can say I use all three. ;)
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Since they are used, I don't think you'll have any trouble with them.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Lol :D
    Tell them you multitask:D
    Like said above since they are used I dont think you'll have a prob.
    Stick the 2 phones inside a checked bag or something.
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I carry 3 cell phones everytime I go on a trip. One I roam with my US number, one I use with a local SIM, and the last one is just an older phone that I use as a backup.

    I've never had trouble with customs nor would I expect any.
     
  7. iSensei, Dec 1, 2012
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    Canadian Customs >>> Hello, are you importing cigarettes or booze?
    American Customs >>> What's your purpose for your visit? (Um...buy milk?)
     
  8. jasphair thread starter macrumors member

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    I was planning on bringing the original boxes with me, so they'd have something to open on Christmas Day. Is it advised that I carry the phones with me and check the semi-empty boxes with my luggage? I'm not sure i trust sending iPhones themselves in checked bags, it's just asking to get stolen.

    I believe previous crossings they've asked if I'm bringing in anything like fruit or seeds, etc. As its Christmas time though, they'll probably be asking everyone if they're bringing in gifts? I understand how easy it is to just say no or declare all the phones for my personal use, but I also understand lying to customs is not wise... some people get busted, most don't.

    Sigh, I'm just trying to follow the honesty-is-the-best policy. They may not even ask, but if they do, I'm guessing they'd charge a couple hundred bucks in duty. :/
     
  9. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    The USA never care about those but CANADIAN VERY MUCH CARE! I always have problem entering back to Canada from USA but from Canada to USA never had any issue. Canadian want you to paid TAXES TAXES AND TAXES!
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I think you don't need to worry. The only technology you need to worry about bringing in and out of the US is military technology (things with export restrictions).
     
  11. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Go (Clint Eastwood on Firefox), "I do business with your superiors, they won't want to hear the hassle you are giving me right here." :D
     

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