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Old 10-08-2012, 19:50   #1
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Bringing an Outboard in Checked Luggage

Has anyone tried this into Europe?

If so how did it go?

Im thinking of bringing a 2 stroke outboard with me in checked luggage next time i fly back to France but not sure how it will go down ie as i understand it i can own a 2 stroke but I cant sell it new. I can use it in EU.

No problems with the transport side of it - airline will let me check it as there is no oil or fuel and is under the 23kg limit so just up to the french customs treatment so has anyone tried this?

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Re: Bringing an Outboard in Checked Luggage

Why do you think there would be a problem?
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Re: Bringing an Outboard in Checked Luggage

Well basically im not sure how french (or any EU) customs will deal with a 2 stroke outboard being brought in given their sale is prohibited. With my limited french I have been able to confirm I can own and use a 2 stroke but bringing it in may be something different especially via an airport.

ie if they say its importing to sell then they may have a problem - not sure and no straight answer from French customs so thats why im asking if anyone has done it

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Well basically im not sure how french (or any EU) customs will deal with a 2 stroke outboard being brought in given their sale is prohibited. With my limited french I have been able to confirm I can own and use a 2 stroke but bringing it in may be something different especially via an airport.

ie if they say its importing to sell then they may have a problem - not sure and no straight answer from French customs so thats why im asking if anyone has done it

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If there is an outright ban on two stroke outboards in France don't expect a positive outcome.
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Re: Bringing an Outboard in Checked Luggage

Agreed perchance but it isnt an outright ban... you can own and use one you cant import one so what im trying to figure out is bringing an outboard with me importation?

cant ask the french customs as have tried and got nowhere without good french!
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Agreed perchance but it isnt an outright ban... you can own and use one you cant import one so what im trying to figure out is bringing an outboard with me importation?

cant ask the french customs as have tried and got nowhere without good french!

It all depends on whose interpretation of "Importation" They decide to enforce.
Could you get someone fluent in French to put your questions in letter form for the Bureaucrats and hopefully they would respond in kind.
My thinking on the "owning/using" part is meant for French citizens that are grandfathered in.
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