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Moving personal items back to the UK

Old Sep 26th 2023, 11:40 am
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We have decided to sell our holiday property in Lagos (Algarve). Although it will be sold furnished there are quite a few items we want to take back to the UK - things like golf clubs, bowling gear, clothes, bedding, paintings, fishing reels etc. We also have to decide should we take our printer and large TV which are better than the ones we have in the UK.

Has anyone got experience or advice on how to go about it? What about customs declaration forms? Does every piece of clothing have to be itemised with details of purchase date and price? Any company recommendations are welcome.
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Old Sep 26th 2023, 11:48 am
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We have decided to sell our holiday property in Lagos (Algarve). Although it will be sold furnished there are quite a few items we want to take back to the UK - things like golf clubs, bowling gear, clothes, bedding, paintings, fishing reels etc. We also have to decide should we take our printer and large TV which are better than the ones we have in the UK.

Has anyone got experience or advice on how to go about it? What about customs declaration forms? Does every piece of clothing have to be itemised with details of purchase date and price? Any company recommendations are welcome.
We did exactly the same process last May. We just packed all our belongings into the car . Came back Santander - Plymouth just waived straight through.


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Old Sep 26th 2023, 2:13 pm
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You say "want to take back" to UK (as opposed to purchased in EU) so, Returned Goods Relief should apply - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-less...-the-uk-and-eu
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now the fun and games with PT AT and HMRC over any spoils
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Be careful re the large TV IF you purchased it in Portugal. And especially if you use subtitles.

I did the reverse, putting a large Samsung TV in the back of a 4x4 and transporting it to Portugal a few years ago ( before Brexit took effect ).

It does work fine, EXCEPT that nothing whatever can be done to make the subtitles ( I am talking on Portuguese channels ) work.
Not just me, but a qualified TV engineer ( who installed the aeriel ) worked the controls for over an hour.

He eventually pronounced that it was down to the different technical standards which TVs are built to according to the specific country market they are aimed at.

So if subtitles are important to you, it might not be worth the risk.

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Originally Posted by chislenko
We did exactly the same process last May. We just packed all our belongings into the car . Came back Santander - Plymouth just waived straight through.
Agreed, if you can transport everything in a personal vehicle, as opposed to paying for transport or using a commercial box van, the chances of UK customs paying any attention is slim-to-none.

NataHH If you can fit everything in your car except for, say, the large TV, you should consider whether the cost of paying for transportation, or renting a van, makes economic sense compared to using that money to buy a new TV in the UK, and only bringing back what you can carry in your car/ 4wd.
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