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Old 06-28-2014, 12:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering if anybody has had the experience of having unlicensed models confiscated or send for further inspections by customs. Looks as if this may now be the case of a recent witty wings shipment I had coming into Canada.
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Old 06-28-2014, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I doubt they would care if it was just a small package for an individual. Customs shouldn't waste their time (and tax money) on one or two little toy planes. But it could vary by countries, I don't know.
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Old 06-28-2014, 02:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it happened a few years back with a shipment of BA "Inflight 400" models coming into the UK. Don't quote me on it, but remember not getting them.
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Maybe only buying licensed products would help.
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Which models were in your shipment? Never had that problem.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Even if they did confiscate the package, standard procedures should include notifying the addressee and (if applicable) a fine. If you have not heard anything, it is more likely the package got lost in the mail. Has actually happened to me twice.
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Just wondering if anybody has had the experience of having unlicensed models confiscated or send for further inspections by customs. Looks as if this may now be the case of a recent witty wings shipment I had coming into Canada.
Wow. How many models did you purchase? 2 or 200?
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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How would Canada Customs know if something is licensed or not?? I really don't think that's the case anyways for your model not arriving.
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There are much more pressing issues for customs officers to worry about than investigate model airplane shipments. If it were narcotics, weapons or imitation Rolex's that would be different
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Maybe only buying licensed products would help.
Well that covers Dragon Wings (no longer producing it appears), Witty and Herpa.
Lots of unhappy manufacturers with big holes in their bank accounts if that's all that got purchased - forget being made under licence.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:56 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It's not just Customs that can seize unlicensed models. It seems Easyjet lawyers can swoop unannounced on retailers and confiscate any Easyjet models being advertised for sale.
Not sure what they can do in respect to "custom" made productions?
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Not sure what they can do in respect to "custom" made productions?
Nothing, they can't stop people making 'airfix' kits can they? Same applies to custom model planes
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:20 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I re-ordered the same products from the US and no updates since it left the USPS sorting facility for Canada Customs 36 hours ago. Will still give it some days but if it again goes into the customs black hole, the only option is now to somehow try and find a Canadian retailer that is able to stock all Apollo / Witty Wings and avoid the Vancouver customs inspection and the Los Angeles ICS mail center.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Or perhaps the chaos for Vancouver cleared mail from the US is due to the article below:

Canada Post Richmond plant causing major mail delays says union - British Columbia - CBC News

The problems were still present mid-May so perhaps still unresolved?
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