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Offline @rt

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Sending Prototypes Internationally
« on: March 09, 2017, 04:30:00 am »
Hi Guys,
I’m interested in sending a hand made protoboard overseas, which is ESD sensitive and fragile.
I’m sure I could pack them well, but have reservations about US Customs, especially if they X-ray and see inside.

Suddenly my vision of the customs people look like these guys.
Does anyone have experience with this?


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Re: Sending Prototypes Internationally
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 04:36:37 am »
My understanding is TSA will X-ray your bag, and if they see anything suspicious, they will open the bag.
When I first moved to US, I brought a bunch of boards and modules with me, some really look like bombs (large ultra caps, etc.). Needless to say, my bag was checked by TSA.
I've been passing US CBP 3 times, and 2 out of 3 times, I got a free baggage inspection. Once from US customs, one from Chinese customs.
I believe this is just routine check since they saw something unusual. Their X-ray machines have multi-energy capability to distinguish explosive materials, and they only open a bag after knowing it is suspicious, but not explosive, unless they are totally stupidly intrepid.

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