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[Discuss] Travelling abroad & taking technology

On 12/31/2012 12:03 PM, Matt Shields wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 11:02 AM, Mark Woodward <markw at>wrote:
>> What am I missing? Why can't you FedEx it?
>> On 12/31/2012 10:36 AM, Matt Shields wrote:
>>> I have buildout a datacenter in London in January and I've ordered
>>> everything I need directly to the datacenter because of everything I've
>>> heard about dealing with customs.  The only exception of a single piece of
>>> equipment we forgot that probably won't make it if I ship it now (a Cisco
>>> serial console server).  I know that I can carry my laptop on the plane
>>> and
>>> go through custom's fine, but is it possible to carry something like that
>>> with me or pack it in a suitcase and go through customs?
>>> Matt
> My understanding is Fedex or UPS'ing it would take a month to get through
> customs.  That's just what I've been told.
I think you are better off carrying because you can shepherd it through
customs. Both UPS and FedEx have overnight services but, you cannot
guarantee how fast stuff will go through customs. Best bet is to talk to
UPS and FedEx. One issue is that if there is a fee, the item could be
held until the fee is paid. Carrying the item will at least be cheaper.

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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