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Camera housing tax? ...

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by sharky60, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Consider yourself lucky. Outside of, perhaps Africa, Mexico is about the most corrupt place that I have ever visited -- about as corrupt as a roadkill . . .
     
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yeah, we never see corruption in the US, huh?
     
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  3. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yeah, DandyDon, but I never spent a long weekend in custody, in the US, while a government toady tried to extort me --- 2K later, along with a John Waters lawyer lookalike -- over whether my legitimate visa was valid; and whether my confiscated boat knife constituted a lethal weapon. I lived for several years in Baja Sur, back in the early oughts, and a full twenty percent of our running budget, went to paying off local officials; and to ensure that deliveries actually made it to our labs . . .
     
  4. sharky60

    sharky60 Photographer

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    this article SO FAR only talked about the BAJA, but IF it is true, it could easily spread to all of Mexico. It all seems pretty convoluted to me.
     
  5. SCUBA Fletch

    SCUBA Fletch Angel Fish

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    I got charged with my Nauticam housing this week. He gave me a paper, with my serial number, so at least I won’t have to pay next time... but this is a bad policy overall.
     
  6. cozcharlie

    cozcharlie Barracuda

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    Ouch!! Sorry. Just dusted off camera and housing I brought down 2 years ago. Everything works but batteries
     
  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That does such. How much were you charged? Which housing?
     
  8. cozcharlie

    cozcharlie Barracuda

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    I know I am late with this question SCUBA Fletch, but were you charged at Cozumel airport ?
     
  9. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And where it is being "enforced", do the customs guys go through your luggage looking for UW camera housings? If you have one wrapped in a Tshirt buried in your underwear and socks how likely are they to find it? If they do, will you be charged with smuggling contraband?
     
  10. cozcharlie

    cozcharlie Barracuda

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    The X ray machines at customs will probably make a camera housing obvious. I have gotten asked “What is that?” by x ray operator a couple of times I believe. Definitely not every time, but pretty certain it has happened. Unlike X ray machines at the ferry, I think the machines at customs may actually work.

    Still not certain housings are really contraband under the law , but arguing law at airport probably not a battle I am going to win.
     

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