First post; apologies if wrong place for this. I've been lurking various Airsoft forums for weeks searching for help guides/in-depth advice threads on importing Airsoft guns from abroad into the United States, specifically into New York state, with no luck. This began when I embarked on a quest to find a Cyma CM030 g18c in the Tan colored version from any store or online retailer in the US with no dice. The only suppliers I found in stock were the Hong Kong based RSOV.com and wgcshop.com. While I was excited to finally get my hands on the highly rated AEP at such a low price, I decided to do a little research on importing airsoft guns from HK, but didn't get very far as too many buyers came from different states/regions/countries with varying experiences. Here is some information I picked up along the way. (I have no way of confirming if any of this is still correct as some of this "advice" came from threads as far back as 2004, or from dubious sources) Airsoft guns have as of late become a target of particular interest for additional scrutiny by US customs Guns under a certain weight (I've heard anywhere from 1 to 5 pounds) are not given as much scrutiny inside their packages, and have a greater success rate of getting to their customers stateside It is advisable to tell the company you are ordering from to either ship the gun you are ordering in multiple parts or with their trades removed, and a blaze orange tip glued/painted on It is advisable to have the gun shipped with "1Joule AIRSOFT TOY" or something similar on the box itself You may be charged additional fees, including various importing fees, taxes or duties, and your gun may be held for several months by customs. Certain retailers are on "blacklist", and will have any packages shipped by them automatically set aside for stringent inspection/destruction/confiscation Items like AEP's and parts including pistons and springs are more likely to make it through customs as their unique profiles will not arouse suspicion during scans. For this reason, importing a full-metal AEG is ill-advised. What I am most worried about are the importing fees (I have no experience whatsoever in importing goods from overseas, and do not even know how the various shipping companies operate in regards to international/interstate shipping) or the possibility of having my gun confiscated during inspection. TL;DR: Basically, I am looking for anyone who has ordered a Cyma CM030 or similar size AEP/GBB/Anything from overseas, especially using sites like RSOV or WGC into the state of New York to tell me if they had any problems getting their orders, or to explain to me how duties and import fees work (After all, getting a CM030 for around $50 directly from China doesn't really work if it gets slapped with anything that pushes it over $100, in which case I'd be better off waiting an eternity for stateside retailers to restock.) If anyone has any other suggestions/advice/experience in ordering from overseas, that information is welcome too! Just please try to keep in mind the specific laws change from state to state, so please remember to post where you are from. Thanks!