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Old 11-27-2014, 04:57 AM   #1
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Carrying parts into Argentina

Has anybody got experience or advice about carrying parts into Argentina?

I will be visiting the USA over the Christmas holidays, and plan to return to Argentina with a few spares.

Not much, a chain and sprockets and the seals and bushes to service the front forks on my 650 Dakar.

Anyone see this being a real problem for the customs guys?

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Old 11-27-2014, 11:18 AM   #2
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My girlfriend brought fork seals, front brake rotor, some gaskets, etc when she flew down to visit my in BA. No problems. As always, your mileage may vary, generally speaking though "personal use" quantities of parts don't raise any eyebrows. It's when you bring in large amounts that are obviously being brought in to sell that you'll have problems.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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Hey Airhead...........

You seem to have the experience so let me ask you this in the same question but referring to Chile. I will be bringing electronics in my suit case for my bike....radar detector, two GPS Units, Go Pro, Delorme Explorer, Sat phone, and all this for two bikes. If I fly into Chile and tell them I have this for my bike that I am going to pick up at the port will they try to tax me or confiscate them from me? Curious.....
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:17 PM   #4
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my gut would be no, but then again, nobody can say for sure. Chile would probably be the least likely country in SA in which to encounter any problems of that kind. If they quiz you on it, just tell them that it's all leaving the country with you and none of it is staying in Chile. Be sure none of it is still in the packaging and it never hurts if it looks a little bit used.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:11 PM   #5
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Airhead,

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 11-29-2014, 03:58 PM   #6
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I use to fly quite a lot between Argentina and Chile, you won't have any troubles if parts are not in original package and look used. Of course this is only valid for small quantities.

Custom officers in Argentina look mainly for electronics carried to the country by locals. However, be aware that spare parts like exhausts or other stuff which look like engine-spare parts may catch their attention as in theory it is not allowed to bring them as luggage. It is basically a case of luck, just don't ask the officer if you are allowed to bring the parts, the answer will be no and you may end being asked for a bribe (don't go through that)

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QUOTE=Airhead Wrangler;25600517]my gut would be no, but then again, nobody can say for sure. Chile would probably be the least likely country in SA in which to encounter any problems of that kind. If they quiz you on it, just tell them that it's all leaving the country with you and none of it is staying in Chile. Be sure none of it is still in the packaging and it never hurts if it looks a little bit used.[/QUOTE]
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:50 PM   #7
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hey....common sense advice right? I appreciate all your input! to da boat of yous!
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:05 AM   #8
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In the event she draws attention at customs you may want to have her remove any pricing or labels that make the parts appear new. More of a precaution than anything.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:37 PM   #9
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You seem to have the experience so let me ask you this in the same question but referring to Chile. I will be bringing electronics in my suit case for my bike....radar detector, two GPS Units, Go Pro, Delorme Explorer, Sat phone, and all this for two bikes. If I fly into Chile and tell them I have this for my bike that I am going to pick up at the port will they try to tax me or confiscate them from me? Curious.....
I would recommend keeping electronics in your hand luggage if you can as they have been know to frequently go missing out of suitcases. Espcialy phones and cameras.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:52 AM   #10
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We just flew back from Vancouver to Buenas Aires with a suitcase full of parts and gear. On the xray they only asked about the stator. They wanted a bill of sale for it that we did not have. We got lucky.
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:58 PM   #11
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I would recommend keeping electronics in your hand luggage if you can as they have been know to frequently go missing out of suitcases. Espcialy phones and cameras.
+1 when returning from Guatemala I left my camera in the suitcase and it was gone when I reached home!
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:34 PM   #12
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My wife flew down to BA to visit me on my trip she had so many parts for my bike she could hardly stagger with it all, customs could care less about it maybe because as people suggested there wasn't two of everything!
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