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Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

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Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

Hello! This is probably a really stupid question, but I just read the list of banned items that customs will be checking for when I arrive at Heathrow from the US and I saw that fur (in some cases is on there). I was planning to bring a faux fur coat. Am I going to have trouble getting this through customs or is it completely ridiculous to think there would be a problem? Thanks!

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1. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

I would think not, especially if it's clearly faux fur and most likely labeled as such. I've traveled with coats with faux fur lined hoods/cuffs and never encountered a problem. Should you arrive with a full length Russian sable things might be a little different.

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2. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

Customs at Heathrow airport is usually a 30 second walk through the green Nothing to Declare channel. You may not see HMRC staff during this brief walk but they will see you. If they want a closer look at your coat - not likely - they will have made the decision to stop you for inspection well before you walk through the checkpoint.

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3. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

As stated, make sure the labels are still in it to be sure.

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4. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

If it looks too real, it may not be an ideal thing to wear in London as real fur coats are not exactly fashionable here, although obvious fakes can be considered fun.

You also might want to consider that London weather tends to be wet and cold more than dry and cold and there is a certain "drowned rat" risk with fur of any kind, fake or real.

The underground and many inside spaces are well heated and coat checking queues at museums are long. You could spend a lot of time carrying your coat.

Light layers work best in London, then you can adjust your temperature easily.

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5. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

As long as no plastic animals were harmed making your faux fur coat, you won't have a problem ;-)

As Leagle says, it probably isn't practical anyway

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6. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

Thanks everyone!

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7. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

I'm not usually picky about spelling, and make allowances for US citizens, but I think you mean "fox".

As in, "Wear the fox hat."

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8. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

Faux fur as in "<even the animal rights activists were fooled by the faux furs>"

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9. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

No, I mean't faux as in fake. Not fox as in the animal.

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10. Re: Getting a Faux Fur Coat Through Heathrow Customs from US

Not to worry. It was just my British sense of humour.. Couldn't resist.