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Thank you, Bud! Very clear explanation. I will check them out. $2.50/lb is outstanding--even if the charge is for "size-adjusted" weight. As you said, all forwarders charge this, and when their per-pound rate is a lot more than $2.50, it can add up even more. Unfortunately, when we order something from the US, we have no control over the size of the box it will come in.

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Roger ( or whoever else knows the answer),

My shipping company in Boquete has informed me that due to new customs regulations they will no longer handle the importation of air rifles and associated equipment (ammunition, scopes etc).  My lawyer tells me that there are no restrictions on those products.  Has there been a change in the law that I have missed or is my shipper just being overly cautious because of recent problems?  Just looking for clarification, if I decide to import an air rifle, will customs seize it under new "regulations"?

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I don't know the answer to your question, John, but I note that shipping companies have not been handling the importation of knives for several years, so it's no surprise that they would not import air rifles, ammunition, and other such merchandise. They are losing money and making some customers unhappy because of this, so I tend to believe it's a Panama customs regulation of which your lawyer is unaware.

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3 hours ago, JohnF13 said:

Roger ( or whoever else knows the answer),

My shipping company in Boquete has informed me that due to new customs regulations they will no longer handle the importation of air rifles and associated equipment (ammunition, scopes etc).  My lawyer tells me that there are no restrictions on those products.  Has there been a change in the law that I have missed or is my shipper just being overly cautious because of recent problems?  Just looking for clarification, if I decide to import an air rifle, will customs seize it under new "regulations"?

JohnF13

What I know is that this government has still the restriction on importing firearms and all stuff related to firearms like ammunitions, etc.  It means that if you import those products to Panama without any previous permit you will have to wait a lot of time and do a lot of paperwork to get your firearm and ammunitions released from customs.  It will cost you a lot of money and time going up and down to offices in Panama City to get the release of those items.   

It is interesting your post because a couple of weeks ago I found on Amazon an air rifle that I liked very much.   Because of the doubts I called Airbox Express, yes it is the company I use in Panama City without any problem, and they told me that there is not any restriction on AIR GUNS OR RIFLES.  It is not considered a firearm and are not under the same regulations and restrictions.  The fact is that some stores like Novey, Do it Center, etc sell them with all their ammunitions and devices without restriction and dont require any permit for owning or having them.  It is very important that before you ship the product to Panama you provide your shipping company with a commercial invoice stating model and type of product for them to work in advance for any information they should provide to Panama customs.  I know, also, that some states in the US have also some kind of regulation for shipping air guns inside de US.

It is probably that you shipping company in Boquete doesnt have the knowledge or the capability to handle this type of product.  I would suggest to look for another shipping company in David and ask them about this.  

 

Roger B.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Roger B said:

JohnF13   

It is interesting your post because a couple of weeks ago I found on Amazon an air rifle that I liked very much.   Because of the doubts I called Airbox Express, yes it is the company I use in Panama City without any problem, and they told me that there is not any restriction on AIR GUNS OR RIFLES.  It is not considered a firearm and are not under the same regulations and restrictions.  The fact is that some stores like Novey, Do it Center, etc sell them with all their ammunitions and devices without restriction and dont require any permit for owning or having them.  It is very important that before you ship the product to Panama you provide your shipping company with a commercial invoice stating model and type of product for them to work in advance for any information they should provide to Panama customs.  I know, also, that some states in the US have also some kind of regulation for shipping air guns inside de US.

It is probably that you shipping company in Boquete doesnt have the knowledge or the capability to handle this type of product.  I would suggest to look for another shipping company in David and ask them about this.  

 

Roger B.

 

 

Thanks Roger.  I have imported an air rifle through my Boquete shipper before with absolutely no problems.  I "think" because this shipper has run into difficulties with Customs that they are, indeed being overly cautious.  But, it is their business decision, so be it.  I will look around for someone else who can do this if needed.

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Sure hope they don't hold up the Bazooka I ordered last week.

BazooK-9 Tennis Ball Launcher Gun - Rated Best Dog Toy - Includes 2 Squeaky Balls for a Bazooka Semi Automatic Blast

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Thanks for the great report, Bud. I signed up with The Box Shop in David on Thursday. Dario was very professional. The office is conveniently located with ample parking available. I look forward to good service AND to saving a lot of money. I've had no problems with eShop, but I hardly ever have occasion to got to Boquete and by the time I pay the eShop rates PLUS paying Fletes to deliver my  package(s) to Volcan, it costs a pretty penny. (Fletes has really increased their costs.), I do have occasion to go to David every week or two, so picking up my packages won't be a problem. I order quite a few things from Amazon but seldom am I in any big hurry to receive a package. Therefore, stopping by The Box Shop  will work out just fine for me.

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On 9/7/2016 at 3:06 PM, Keith Woolford said:

Sure hope they don't hold up the Bazooka I ordered last week.

BazooK-9 Tennis Ball Launcher Gun - Rated Best Dog Toy - Includes 2 Squeaky Balls for a Bazooka Semi Automatic Blast

 

Keith

 

Unless you plan to use it to break the Ngobe protest in the Panamerican Highway I think you wont have any problem .  he he he he

 

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