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I can't predict what, if anything, you will be charged. I can report some practical experience. I have got very, very good results, and no bills, from US customs by being absolutely straight and honest. That includes arriving with thousands of dollars in inherited jewelry, and receiving a shipment of paintings, furniture, glassware, etc. that my mother sent ...


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I work in global mobility, and having managed many a move around the world, the overriding presumption should be that Customs will review your inventory with two expectations - it's detailed enough to make an accurate determination of any import duty/exemption, but simple enough that a full inventory check won't take hours (or annoy them!). Group similar ...


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You are in a twisty maze of HMRC notices, all different. Eventually, with luck, you will get to Notice 5: Transfer of residence from outside the EU There are a number of conditions (you must have owned the goods for six months, you must be planning to keep them for the next 12 months, etc, etc), but basically: you should qualify for transfer of residence ...


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I have seen no indication of any export taxes for tourists taking individual gems out of Sri Lanka. In looking for information, I found on TripAdvisor advice to only buy from a shop that will take the gem with you to the Gem Trading Board for valuation. That seems good advice, and you could ask about the taxation comment when you are there. It may be as ...


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The shipping company has that disclaimer because they cannot predict the custom fees and do not want to be on the hook for missing something. Everything you have is in quantities that you should not have a problem. If anything is new (for example maybe you have a new work outfit or wedding outfit with the tags on), it might raise a flag regardless of how ...


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This is absolutely normal. Every country has a maximum amount allowed to be received in a country without the customs duty. The amount you have listed obviously exceeded that amount. And when you mail at least from the US your declared value of the merchandise/gift has to match the amount you're insuring the parcel for. So since your amount exceeded ...


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Here are some trustworthy official sources (in French however): Douane.gouv.fr Vosdroits.servce-public.fr Briefly, you need to show form Cerfa n°10070*02 and two copies of the full list of all effects you want to import to the customs with their estimated price (being able to present invoices can be useful for that). You will keep a copy of your inventory ...


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Declare it, but it's fairly obvious it's a personal item and is not to be sold. 457 isn't PR, so in theory you'll be leaving again with it. Much like if you bring an expensive laptop or camera.


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You should not have to pay customs charges for your personal effects that you are sending to Japan. While MBE should provide you with the regulations and documents, this fact sheet from Atlas International, a US shipper, is an excellent summary of what is required. Customs Regulations: Narita Airport Customs officials follow strict enforcement of ...


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Yes. Anything that is brought in from overseas is liable for import duties. Sometimes there are (official or unofficial) minimum values under which the duties will be waived, but a new Mac is certainly above those minimum values (which are commonly around $20 or $30). However, if you bring an item into the country yourself in your own luggage and do not ...


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You're confusing two different things: tax and duty. Singapore imposes 10% GST on all goods sold, and allows duty-free concessions for travelers taking them out of the country. Australia does not care whether you paid tax or not in Singapore, that's not their problem. Australia does care about people buying expensive products overseas and bringing them ...


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I cannot read Spanish very well and I have no first-hand experience with this in Spain so I cannot tell you exactly what to do in this case but note that: There is no allowance for parcels like there is for air travel. If you carry things for your personal use with you by air, even things you just bought abroad, and they are worth less than €430, you don't ...


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Gov.UK has all the details you ask. Moving personal belongings to the UK You have tax and customs responsibilities when you move your personal belongings to the UK from abroad. You must follow the rules on: banned and restricted goods food, plants and animals vehicles and boats arriving with goods or cash goods sent by post or ...


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Here is what I now know. If relocating to Spain, having been outside Spain for > 12 months. VAT (IVA) should be waived. The issue I have is that Customs (aduana) are asking for proof by way of a "baja" which is something that Spanish Consuls can issue to Spaniards. The law states that they should be asking for "baja OR other documents which are acceptable ...


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I have no idea if this was just a "lucky escape" or if it helps someone else by putting their mind to rest, but I had no problems. On the arrivals declaration form, I ticked the box which said I was bringing into the country goods purchased overseas worth more than $700 - this is probably true for most travellers, as a decent laptop, mobile phone and tablet ...


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Yes, you're right in that most websites seem to suggest the Freedom of Information Requests for foreign citizens. However, US citizens can indeed do this. Chris Guillebeau documents his process of doing this and he's a US citizen (who has visited every country in the world). He got back from his request: A letter with an official response from the U....


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According to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), you need to fill out form 6059B which is available here. It's a fillable PDF form Note: I couldn't open the form with my version of Acrobat Reader but I don't have the latest version. Elsewhere, it says that you must have complete lists of both household effects like furniture, artwork, dishes, etc. and ...


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If you are relocating, be careful with shipping. Make sure that, in both directions, you use a proper relocation company. They will know the right type of forms to use, to prevent you from paying duties on personal items you're simply taking with you back and forth. I moved from the EU to Canada and back to the EU after about 1½ year. I used a relocation ...


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Anglo Info states that car registration in Hungary requires both an address card and tax number, neither of which a non-resident would have. Foreign residents in Hungary can use their car for up to six months, after which registration is obligatory. To register a foreign car, a person must have both a tax number (Adószám) and an Address Card (Lakcímkártya)...


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If you come from a country that can enter the Schengen area visa-free, you could stay in Norway for up to 90 days past your expiration date. If not, read on. No, unless you're prevented from leaving the country due to serious circumstances, such as illness According to Sleeping In Airports, Trondheim Airport closes overnight. So, no, they won't let you in ...


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You can Bring certain foodstuffs into the UK The main information page for this is at https://www.gov.uk/moving-to-uk - which has a specific link indicating certain foodstuff is allowed. The page linked to is exactly the same page as for personal imports, and uses the same pamphlet. In short, I your shipping company is just trying to avoid things being ...


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