Its been a few years, but I once flew into Brisbane
with about $5k worth of boat parts
, including a new autopilot
. I figured I'd best go through the 'something to declare' line, and the conversation went like this:
"What are you bringing with you?"
for my boat, which is in Redcliffe."
"Do you have anything made of wood?"
"Well yes, a wind generator
"Is it painted?"
"Enjoy your stay in Australia."
If I had been flying in on an Australian passport, the customs man would have been warming up his calculator.
My experience in bringing in boat parts as checked luggage has been the same in Caracas, Bangkok, Istanbul
, Lanzarote, Trinidad, and Singapore
. I had a friend fly me a new autopilot
into Papeete--he went through the 'nothing to declare' line and no one blinked. I saw a guy in Istanbul
doing the same thing with a HUGE box with a child's electric
car in it--no one cared. In Caracas, I had three carts of luggage, including a 50 lb sewing machine--you put your hand on the button and it goes red (see Aduana) or green (you are free to go)--it went green for me, but red for the Venezuelanos.
Maybe I'm just lucky, but I think they cut the tourists some slack.