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Minimizing customs/tax HAM-MRU with 2d stopover in JNB

Old Sep 16, 19, 7:45 am
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Question Minimizing customs/tax HAM-MRU with 2d stopover in JNB

Dear FT,

((inb4: only asking for legal ways to get this done!))

flying from Germany to Mauritius for a three week trip and I need to bring my preferred tobacco
with me since it's not sold in MU.
Declaring the amount (~500 cigs) in MU is a no-brainer and will do so.

"But", I am flying through JNB with a two day stopover. What I am asking for is how not to
pay twice for the whole lot - depending on the actual tax vs effort to avoid/minimize.

So following questions/approaches I've looked at:
- Airside lockers; from what I gather "store-teck" is landside(?)
- pay + reclaim (on JNB-MRU): would the latter even qualify for "foreign tax badged" packs?
- just pay: but.. how much is it? RSA customs is telling a lot about free admittance, but
if I want to pay for over the limit, they wont tell online? (had the same with TW on another trip).
So who is in the knows here?
- buy in JNB (where 'Moods' *are* sold) - again, at what price/tax level?
- send a parcel to MU. Not fun on cost/paperwork/destination address and so on.
- ...?

Thanks for ideas/insights.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 8:06 am
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Smokes on JHB are cheap - c $1.50 for a pack of eg Marlboro, duty paid in the shops in town- so if you can get your preferred smoke there then that would be the easiest way.

post here what exactly your looking for and I/someone can check in DF but JNB has a limited selection of DF ime
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Old Sep 16, 19, 8:12 am
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It's Moods, per vendor hotline it's marketed under the brand of Ritmeester.

Like this: https://static-8232.kxcdn.com/wp-con...351_base_v.jpg
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Old Oct 14, 19, 9:49 am
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Here now in SA, with some partial answers:

Airside lockers - no chance as an individual, I think. Probably you could leave them in the int'l side lounge for 48 hours, but the hassle of getting a refundable ticket, heading through int'l transit, then trying to immigrate, refund the ticket, etc probably counts that out.
Pay & reclaim/just pay the duty. I asked at customs on the way in this morning, the idea of pay & reclaim got a totally blank look, think you have no chance of that. Paying the duty - would be 20% of retail price for anything over your tax free allowance, not sure what they'd take as retail, probably any receipt that you could offer would be accepted.
Buy in JHB. I found Moods just like you want at Norman Goodfellows (liquor store with half dozen outlets), pack below, at ZAR 170 for a pack of 10. They also had the double filter version, as did 'House of Sweets', so guess that they're quite widely available. I can swing by a tobacconist tomorrow and check prices there too.

I don't know what price you can buy them at home/intl DF, so maybe bring in 200 duty free and buy the balance in JHB?

Hope that helps.




Hope that's helpful.
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Old Oct 15, 19, 10:48 pm
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Thank you VERY much.. I'll go for paid duty than: a pack of 20 is 110 ZAR over here :-)
So out for shopping and keeping receipt!

Thanks again, this was very helpful!
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Old Oct 17, 19, 8:52 am
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They’re also available in JNB duty free at Zar125 for a pack of 10
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