Originally Posted by Doug
I have heard of instances where UPS charges a "brokerage fee" even when there is no customs duty. EMS seems preferable.
AFAIK there is no duty on any photographic gear coming into the US, not just 35mm film cameras.
Yes, that can indeed happen. Customs clearance/brokerage fee.
photo gear has duties, as seen in the database I linked above. Like any government publication, it's not very well organized and sometimes ambiguous.
Most gear of interest on this forum will be duty-free, and if shipped by post it will end up being duty-free in nearly every case even if it's technically not.