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Has anyone had packages sent to them in Montevideo from the US? I haven't been there before and I'm wondering what the mail customs will be like if I send myself a few items via relatives vitamin supplements, contact lenses and a portable travel router.
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Follow-up on this -- a friend of mine from there said the Uruguay mail service was pretty lenient so long as the total value was less than $200 USD. So I'll be trying to send some stuffโ€ฆ
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sooooooo depends
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eerhwbpyaqxyf it depends
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By default, customs puts a 60% import tax on the sale price of anything that arrives. There's an allowance of up to 3 (I think) deliveries per year that don't get taxed as long as:

โ€ข The total price of the products delivered is under USD 200
โ€ข The credit card used for purchasing is under the same name of the recipient.
โ€ข The delivery comes through Express Mail Service (not Priority Shipping)

I _think_ the recipient has to be a Uruguayan resident (i.e. have a "cรฉdula" / ID card) but I'm not 100% sure of this.
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if the delivery doesn't meet this requirements, they won't release it until you pay the 60% fee
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books, music (CDs, Vinyls, etc) and movies (DVDs, etc) are exempt as long as it doesn't go over X amount of money (which I don't recall)
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if the prize of the package goes over USD 100 (before the 60% tax) you also need to pay an Agent (third party, not a government official) to do paperwork for you
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sometimes if the prize isn't too high (< USD 50) they won't bother and release it without payment
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and they may be lenient if you send things to someone on a tourist visa (I honestly don't know)
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if it's something your specifically buying to send here, and you can find it on Amazon, then your best bet is to buy it using Amazon Global, and then DHL will handle everything for you (they'll email you asking for a copy of the identity document of the recipient and then will handle _everything_ for you) You just get the package at home.

The way that works is that they pre-charge you the 60% (or sometimes more), and then after you got your package they'll refund your account depending on whether it was under USD 200 and fits the exemptions or not.

The refund can happen up to 6 months after the purchase, though, so keep that in mind.
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jcbbsydxp thanks for the awesome detailed info. What about if it's a package sent from my parents and the customs declaration they fill out has everything together below $200? I was thinking of having everything sent to them first, and then they could repackage and send to me. Also considering I'll be there on a US Passport without long term residency papers. Thank you!
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