I had always heard that bringing stuff from foreign countries to sell in local countries, while not paying custom duty was haram.
A lot of ladies bring clothes from India/Pak to sell in US, they then advertise on local desi mailing lists and sell from homes. Upon arrival there is a custom declaration form, asking if anything is being brought in for commercial purposes.
There is a strong likelihood that customs duty was avoided by declaring clothes for personal use at time of arrival in the US. Lets form this as an assumption for the questions below
- It is haram to give dharr (hurt) to another muslim/person. When people smuggled clothing to Pakistan from Thailand, it destroyed local garment industry. I would guess this would be haram due to the dharr caused ?
- In the US there is no Desi garment industry. so I am guessing the above clause doensnt apply. Correct ?
- On one hand there is obeying of local laws in shariah. on the other hand there are ahadith (the woman who repented by getting rajm) where Rasul severly condemns the taxman. A taxman I have heard was considered like a highway man. In my limited knowledge, contemporary Ulema allow taxation for public services. However what is the ruling on customs duty, that of unnecessary taxation or obeying local laws ?
- Is it halal to bring clothes from Indo-pak, declare them for personal use ( hence avoiding customs duty) and then sell them(without using them) at exhibitions in houses/homes/desi stores etc