My wife is on a trip to the states and is planning to bring back several hundred dollars of stuff ordered from amazon that she can't get here in Costa Rica or can't get here for a decent price.
Some vitamins, some household goods, some electronics, best brand rechargeable batteries, clothes, shoes, etc.
The questions are:
Will they charge import taxes on this stuff? (I heard as a resident there is a $500 allowance for stuff before import tax is charged, is that true? Is that ONLY for residents or also for those with comprobantes applying for residency?)
Will they confiscate the vitamins? I heard somewhere that they do or can... No?
If there's a $500 allowance, no problem as it's less than that.
We brought in way more than $500 of stuff when we moved here but don't know if we just got lucky or ?? who knows?
Also most of the stuff will be opened, not left in new packaging; but some will have to be in new packaging such as liquids which if opened might leak.
Thanks for your input on this.