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Customs duty into EU for own goods

Old May 22nd 2019, 12:02 pm
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My brother came to visit us in the UAE last week. Left his phone in my house and didn't realise until he got to the aiport.

It was too late, so I sent it to him via DHL. Now German customs is trying to tax him 20% VAT plus import taxes.

Surely you don't have to pay tax on something you already own? I've googled but cant find any info. Can anyone help?
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Old May 23rd 2019, 2:46 am
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My brother came to visit us in the UAE last week. Left his phone in my house and didn't realise until he got to the aiport.

It was too late, so I sent it to him via DHL. Now German customs is trying to tax him 20% VAT plus import taxes.

Surely you don't have to pay tax on something you already own? I've googled but cant find any info. Can anyone help?
Original invoice? Probably not available but otherwise how do you expect the customs to know it's not just been ordered and posted over?
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Old May 23rd 2019, 7:42 am
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My brother came to visit us in the UAE last week. Left his phone in my house and didn't realise until he got to the aiport.

It was too late, so I sent it to him via DHL. Now German customs is trying to tax him 20% VAT plus import taxes.

Surely you don't have to pay tax on something you already own? I've googled but cant find any info. Can anyone help?
Trust the Germans to be ruthlessly efficient.

Is it obviously old? Might not be enough, even if so.
Has he got a receipt for it? That's the way to prove taxes have already been paid
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Old May 25th 2019, 1:43 pm
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Regard it as a tax on Forgetfulness. Just pay it ! Not worth the hassle !
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Old May 26th 2019, 2:03 pm
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UK do the same. You might be trying to flog it,
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Old May 27th 2019, 5:44 am
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All sorted. Customs asked for a copy of the flight booking and passport. Once they got that they released it without charge.
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