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Old 12-25-2010, 10:54 PM   #1
Alexander Lee
Dojo: Winchester Tomiki Aikido Club
Location: Winchester, UK
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 11
United Kingdom
UK Bokken Customs

Hi all,
Ive recently purchased two bokken in Japan. I was wondering if I would be able to bring it back in a cardboard box marked as fragile.

As far as Ive researched bokken are not offensive weapons per se and as a training weapon I should be able to bring them back.


PS: For those wondering why I didnt check before purchasing, the two bokken are currently at my brother's home in Malaysia where they were shipped (perhaps I should just ship them?)
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:20 AM   #2
Michael Douglas
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 434
United Kingdom
Re: UK Bokken Customs

You can bring bokken in any way you want.
The customs blokes have no interest in such things.
I've taken more interesting things through ... declare, go through red, they will take one look and let you in.
(Or you can post them, makes no difference.)
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Old 12-26-2010, 05:07 PM   #3
Dojo: Life
Location: Memphis, TN
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 9
Re: UK Bokken Customs

I can't imagine customs cares about two wooden sticks.
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Old 12-26-2010, 07:07 PM   #4
Carl Thompson
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Location: Kasama
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 491
Re: UK Bokken Customs

I’ve taken bokken through customs several times in a few countries and had no trouble. Often customs are particular about people bringing wooden objects into the country, but if you declare everything, they usually just have a quick look at them and wave you through. It can actually be quicker to get through customs if the “anything to declare line is short”.

Disclaimer: If the customs official stares in horror at your brutal, wood-borne-disease-carrying weapons, and has you taken into a cubicle for the “rubber-glove treatment” – I was just telling you my own experience. I think you would be unlucky for that to happen though.

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