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#1 yamabiru

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

I would like to send a few of my antique kiseru to the USA.
Has anyone ever imported antique pipes into the states before?
I'm naturally leery as they may be confused with paraphernalia.
Pipes are clean and do not contain any residue, soot.
Do not want any trouble. Any help to point me to rules and regs will be appreciated .
Thanks much!

#2 John A Stuart

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 01:26 PM

Drug paraphenelia are prohibited. Opium pipes have been seen on the market. How they got here ??? Perhaps if documented it would be alright. I would specifically inquire with US customs and get a permit if possible. Here are gen regs.  https://www.iamovers...ited_states.pdf



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Posted 05 March 2017 - 04:48 PM

I would like to send a few of my antique kiseru to the USA.
Has anyone ever imported antique pipes into the states before?
I'm naturally leery as they may be confused with paraphernalia.
Pipes are clean and do not contain any residue, soot.
Do not want any trouble. Any help to point me to rules and regs will be appreciated .
Thanks much!

I have imported Japanese pipes several times with no problem at all, your pipes will not be a problem, if they are antiques it helps to state that they are "over 100yr old antiques".


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#4 yamabiru

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 03:37 PM

I have imported Japanese pipes several times with no problem at all, your pipes will not be a problem, if they are antiques it helps to state that they are "over 100yr old antiques".

  

Drug paraphenelia are prohibited. Opium pipes have been seen on the market. How they got here ??? Perhaps if documented it would be alright. I would specifically inquire with US customs and get a permit if possible. Here are gen regs.  https://www.iamovers...ited_states.pdf


Thanks much guys for the regs and the hands on info, greatly appreciated!

#5 Curran

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 07:33 PM

Use the harmonized tariff code for antiques.

Also, if you have any books or catalogs that have pictures and text of similar ones explaining what they are.... put a photocopy or two of a good page _inside_ [not on the outside] of the box.


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#6 JoeDom

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Posted Yesterday, 10:14 PM

Let us know if everything worked out well.



#7 Bugyotsuji

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Posted Today, 03:25 AM

Yes, I have moved kiseru backwards and forwards (to Europe) over the years, but always in my own luggage. I suspect your collection is very special and you do not want to take any risks. Mine were all silver kiseru, of no great artistic/historical value. They usually stink of tobacco, which would surely not attract sniffer dogs. Good luck, and please keep us updated.


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