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Thread: Taking your camera gear overseas... customs decleration

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    Default Re: Taking your camera gear overseas... customs decleration

    Quote Originally Posted by anuar ahmad View Post
    I have had bad experience checking out at Rajiv Ghandhi Airport, Hyderabad on a working trip.
    2 of their custom officer stopped me and demanded I pay for import duty for the 2 cameras and 2 lenses I brought along.
    My Indian liaison tried to help me but the custom officer shooed him away so I was left on my own.
    They brought out a calculator, punched some numbers and demanded SGD$300 cash not indian rupees but i asked why must i pay import duty as the cameras are to document my indian working trip and if they insist i'll only use my CC for payment as i can see a CC swipe machine at the counter.
    They spoke among themselves in their own language and then a third officer in plain cloth came after checking with the 2 officer. He said i have to pay them but i insisted on using my CC.
    They spoke and then told me their CC swipe machine is down and demanded i pay in cash. I refused and insisted using my CC and told them how can an airport with modern facility especially a government agency have a simple CC swipe machine not in order.
    After a short period of talking among themselves in their own language, the one in plain cloth told me to go gesturing with his hand, you know like wave you off.
    My told my indian liaison when he asked what happened.
    He was glad that i stood firm and said the cash would have gone into the custom officers' pocket.
    when it comes to Customs and Immigration, it is better to be wise and give in, u r just a tourist, they are the authority and they always have the UPPER HAND when it comes to such situation.

    so be wise, money still can earn back after the trip, what matters most is a safe and peaceful trip

    if really cannot handle due to "too huge demand", faster call the SGP Embassy for help.
    Last edited by Exposure; 17th February 2014 at 02:12 PM.

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    Default Re: Taking your camera gear overseas... customs decleration

    Quote Originally Posted by Exposure View Post
    when it comes to Customs and Immigration, it is better to be wise and give in, u r just a tourist, they are the authority and they always have the UPPER HAND when it comes to such situation.

    so be wise, money still can earn back after the trip, what matters most is a safe and peaceful trip

    if really cannot handle due to "too huge demand", faster call the SGP Embassy for help.

    It's not about the money.
    Not there as a tourist.

    It's about knowing your rights against those unscrupulous person abusing the uniform and position.
    And it is not wise encouraging them.
    Last edited by anuar ahmad; 21st February 2014 at 06:34 PM.

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    Default Re: Taking your camera gear overseas... customs decleration

    Quote Originally Posted by Exposure View Post
    when it comes to Customs and Immigration, it is better to be wise and give in, u r just a tourist, they are the authority and they always have the UPPER HAND when it comes to such situation.

    so be wise, money still can earn back after the trip,.
    Quote Originally Posted by anuar ahmad View Post
    It's about knowing your rights against those unscrupulous person abusing the uniform and position.
    And it is not wise encouraging them.
    What is wise?

  4. #24

    Default Re: Taking your camera gear overseas... customs decleration

    Quote Originally Posted by anuar ahmad View Post
    He was glad that i stood firm and said the cash would have gone into the custom officers' pocket.
    Kudos on standing firm, and glad it worked out fine.

    Might want to consider sharing your experience under "I Did Not Pay A Bribe" at this website: http://www.ipaidabribe.com/add-repor...type#gsc.tab=0

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    Default Re: Taking your camera gear overseas... customs decleration

    Quote Originally Posted by anuar ahmad View Post
    It's not about the money.
    Not there as a tourist.

    It's about knowing your rights against those unscrupulous person abusing the uniform and position.
    And it is not wise encouraging them.
    The world needs heroes; people who will fight for what is right, protect the weak and innocent, punishing the evil and corrupt, risking and sacrificing their own safety. Superman, Batman and Robin comes to my mind.

    As for the common people, it is probably easier and safer not to defy those who are in power, who are armed, who can do harm against our persons. Since there are much fewer heroes than normal people, it is easy to see which is the better survival strategy. And to survive better, normal people need to encourage heroes with words like:
    It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.

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