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Dave Paine

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I rarely purchase direct from China. I have purchased some low value components where there was not going to be any customs.

I am looking at some 3D printers from China or Europe and wonder whether I will have to pay import duties, and if so how is this paid?

I would prefer to purchase a printer already in a US warehouse, but not an option for the models I am considering.
 

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I did some internet searches after making the post and found personal use less than $2500 should not have import duties. I am looking at a printer in the $500 - 800 range so should not incur import duties.
 

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I bought a Chinese Prusa clone 3d printer for about 400 USD. No duty, and no obvious customs delay.
 

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I bought a Creality CR-10 from Banggood in China. Took about 5 weeks to get here. It spent a week in or so in customs but no extra fees (yet) like they get in Europe. There is a US based company importing and selling the same printer but they want $200 more.
 
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