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Travis Worthington
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I am not going to Essen this year, but was thinking of doing it in a future year.

Anyone with experience bring games in mass as luggage through customs. What (if anything) do you have to pay, what type of documentation do you need to bring and what is the best way to answer the questions.



 
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Ever been in Europe? Or outside the USA?
 
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Lord Warlock wrote:
Ever been in Europe? Or outside the USA?


I have lived in Europe for 8 years, and in asia for 2. I filled my passport with stamps, even after they stopped stamping in Europe.

I haven't brought boxes of games through customs in the airport hence my question.
 
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I would check this with some of the publishers here on the geek.
I know that last year Zmangames didn't have Pandemic at their booth because the box missed some EU-approved-symbol and customs didn't allow it into Germany...
 
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Hi Travis,
sorry, I can't help you with first hand experience but here is the english homepage of the german Zoll (Customs):
http://www.zoll.de/english_version/index.html

The answers to you specific question should be in this PDF:
http://www.zoll.de/e0_downloads/d0_veroeffentlichungen/flyer...
From quickly scanning it, it seems, that you can bring "other goods" worth 430 EUR into the EU.

Edit: Sorry, I only realised from Maurice's reply, that you plan on coming as an exhibitor. The above PDF only applies to non-commercial imports.
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I've carried lots of games back, but never taken them into the EU.

Are you taking new or used? If the latter, I think there's no issue.
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T Worthington wrote:
I filled my passport with stamps, even after they stopped stamping in Europe.

I think that it is actually illegal to do the stamping yourself.
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Whymme wrote:
T Worthington wrote:
I filled my passport with stamps, even after they stopped stamping in Europe.

I think that it is actually illegal to do the stamping yourself.


I was not implying that I added novelty stamps to my passport to shown I had travelled to a country.

Many countries outside of the EU still stamp, especially in Asia. Certain countries require visas for Americans, those stamps can take a whole page. And sometimes they still stamp when you enter the EU from overseas. So its still possible to get quite a few stamps in your passport, but certainly much harder than it was.

What I was really trying to get at was what certifications that games to be sold in EU needed to get through customs, and whether it would be wise to try to get games shipped to Essen ahead of time or bring as luggage if they weren't made in the EU.
 
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