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#21 bubffm


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Posted 08 August 2018 - 05:21 AM



I did buy my Nauticam GH5 housing at Backscatter in the US back then, as it was not becoming available in Europe in time for an upcoming dive trip. I searched for the customs bill but could not trace it. However, what I do recall is that all-in-all I ended up paying around 10% more than what I would have payed buying in Europe.  


Therefore, unless there is a special situation (item not (yet) avail in Europe or super deal for a used housing etc...) I would advise you to buy in the EU. Also these custom rates are sometimes unpredictable depending into which category the officer places it. Also, unless your sender uses a high quality carrier (UPS the best for US-shipments), sometimes stuff gets stuck for a week or two in customs. Not always the best experience!


onderwaterhuis.nl in Holland is my preferred and highly trusted supplier in Europe for UW camera stuff these days.



Edited by bubffm, 08 August 2018 - 05:23 AM.

#22 TimG


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Posted 08 August 2018 - 05:23 AM

Interesting, Daniel. The basic taxes and VAT don’t sound too bad. But, as you say, add up all the other bits and pieces and it’s barely worth while. Or the opposite!

I got a relatively low-cost replacement part for a wet lens mount from Canada so me months ago and the add on charges were quite a shocker.

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