“Grey imports” describes goods that are traded via distribution channels that are not authorised by the manufacturer or their official representative. In the case of Tamron products in Pakistan, only Tamron Pakistan is authorized to import Tamron goods into the Pakistan Economic Area and to organise their further distribution within Pakistan.
Lenses are precise optical and mechanical products. We guarantee the quality of our products by ensuring correct storage, as well as by using the right types of transport and transportation partners. In the case of grey imports, there is an increased probability of improper storage or improper transport. These goods could be exposed to high temperatures, vibrations, jolts, high humidity, dust, dirt or similar negative influences. This can result in defects or malfunctions. As grey imports are not subject to strict controls, it is also possible that they are intermixed with second hand products. There have even been cases where the serial numbers on grey imported lenses have been changed so that it is difficult to recognise whether the product is new or second hand.
When ordering from a non-EU state (e.g. Hong Kong), you must take into account the higher delivery costs and other additional purchase costs of at least 25% due to the required customs clearance.
For example, the price of a grey import may be shown by the supplier without VAT, which makes them initially appear less expensive than goods officially imported by Tamron Europe. However, if you want to legally import this type of product into the European Economic Area, this tax must be paid when you receive the goods.
It is often the case that you are forced to pay in advance, which is not a very favourable payment method in the event of loss or transport damage. This is a particular problem because the dealers are mostly based outside of Europe, which makes the process of asserting any claims against these companies more difficult.
Problems asserting warranty or guarantee claims
If a product displays a defect then you are required to assert your claim for a repair under the guarantee or warranty with the dealer who sold you the product. As grey import dealers are often based in non-European countries, they are not, however, subject to the strict consumer protection regulations found in the EU. It is likely that it would also be difficult to take any legal action against the dealers as a result.
There is also the risk that an online dealer selling grey imports will become insolvent. In the case of a repair, you may be expected to cover the costs of the repair yourself in the worst case scenario.
Tamron products that are sold via distribution routes authorised by Tamron Europe can be recognised by:
- a 5 year warranty sticker
- European-language operating instructions
Also insist on an itemised invoice stating the statutory level of VAT.
You can find a dealer in Pakistan using our Dealer Search.
If in doubt, please provide us with the model and the serial number and we would be delighted to provide you with further information. Call us on +49 (0) 221 / 66 95 44-0 or use our Contact Form.
- A more secure legally-stipulated warranty period
- The ability to register free for a 5 year warranty extension
- In the event of service provision, fast and uncomplicated assistance is provided by an authorised Tamron Europe Service Centre
- Secure transport routes and packaging e.g. per air freight instead of sea freight
- You are safeguarding European jobs