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Duty on Extraterrestrial Imports to the United States

U.S. customs has established their procedure for handling cargo shipped into the country via extraterrestrial transport. They had to do that when a Japanese company, USEF, had a satellite launched from Japan and recoved by a Space Shuttle.

How much duty we'll have to pay on goods imported from the moon depends on the success of current campaigns in the Congress to get a tax break for lunar entrepreneurs. In the long run, who knows? Whatever import duties turn out to be, if any, they won't be so high that it breaks the business unless the imported goods compete directly with locally manufactured goods. I think we can leave that for future generations to worry about.

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