Scam? (was: FW: Binary Dinosaurs incoming mail!)

From: John Lawson <>
Date: Thu Oct 14 14:16:30 2004

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004, Dwight K. Elvey wrote:

> Hi
> It is US manufactured. I'm not sure why there are duties
> on it.

  May you never have to ship *anything* in or out of Mother India.
Especially anything electronic or mechanical - used or not, country of
origin notwithstanding. We had American-made audio gear, and there were
duties levied on the shipping of items for repair/return - both friggin'
ways... one of the reasons that The Subcontinent is nowhere near as
advance technologically as they could be. The are increasing calls for
customs tariff reforms, but the (real) bottom line is that billions of
Rupees flow into the Government (and various pockets) anually from this
source alone... to which you need to add the "speed money" that is often
required to inusure your goods make it to the loading dock intact. ;}

   Then there's Mumbai (Bombay) who have their *own* "import-export"
duties... it would be like New York decreeing that all goods coming in to
the city have to be levied... this is called 'Octroi' in Mumbai. It is
not levied on airline chacked baggage - so, when we had say, a trade show
to do, we'd take the *entire* thing on the plane as checked bags - divided
up among the attendees. It always was a lot cheaper than trucking it in
and paying the goddam tax.


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