DunnoWhen wrote in post #14786364
HMRC when re-entering the country.
By the time you add in the import duty and taxes, you might find that there is little difference in the final price of buying it/them here in the UK.
This is the biggest thing to think about. Add in duties and VAT and the price will end up about the same as here anyway.
You can try and claim that you bought them here, before you went abroad, but the customs people are very good at reading body language and, unless you are a VERY good liar, will spot that you are attempting to smuggle them in. At that point, you will be expected to produce the paperwork (receipts etc) to prove they were UK supplied and the duties have been paid on them. I would imagine that they have the power anyway to phone Canon UK and query the serial numbers, to check the origin, if they need to.
You can simply say "nothing to declare" and hope that you just get waved through, but again the customs bods are trained to spot those looking guilty or nervous and check their luggage.
If you get caught, the penalties for smuggling can be quite nasty and you could have the whole lot confiscated. So, you may end up saving a few hundred quid or you may end up losing thousands (confiscated gear, fines etc).
Yes, people do this and get away with it, but there are no guarantees and it is illegal. get caught and expect to pay a heavy price. They won't simply catch you out and then just ask you to pay the duties, if they did everybody would be smuggling stuff in.