Thanks. I think that the seller in Japan may use DHL or one of the "broker-shippers" if the item is expensive, as the TTL is about $2,300, and may incur duties because it may be above the "threshold" whatever that may currently be.
Thanks for the link to the tariff schedules! Since any 35mm film camera is FREE, how are there reports of DHL (and other shippers) collecting fees on them?
If the item arrives and the guy wants to collect a fee (at other than a nominal amount) what would be the procedure? I know: ask him!