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Old Jan 26th 2004, 4:35 pm
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Hello all, quick question for you, the company we are using to ship our household items over to the USA have sent us a customs declaration form. Does anybody know if we state that we have CD's and DVD's amongst the items, we will be charged duty on them? My hubby seems to think we will, but surely if they are with other packages containing pans, clothes and photo albums it'd be obvious they weren't for sale?!

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Old Jan 26th 2004, 7:31 pm
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Originally posted by crazi_daizi
Hello all, quick question for you, the company we are using to ship our household items over to the USA have sent us a customs declaration form. Does anybody know if we state that we have CD's and DVD's amongst the items, we will be charged duty on them? My hubby seems to think we will, but surely if they are with other packages containing pans, clothes and photo albums it'd be obvious they weren't for sale?!

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you shouldn't get charged duty on these kinds of personal belongings, unless they're still wrapped in cellophane and you've got multiple copies of dozens of them. As long as you are importing them for personal use, not resale, you should be fine.
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Old Jan 26th 2004, 9:07 pm
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.... My hubby seems to think we will, but surely if they are with other packages containing pans, clothes and photo albums it'd be obvious they weren't for sale?!
In theory anything that you have owned for less than six months is dutiable, but in practice, like Dunroving said, if anything has been unwrapped and has been "used", no duty is payable.
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Old Jan 26th 2004, 10:18 pm
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In theory anything that you have owned for less than six months is dutiable, but in practice, like Dunroving said, if anything has been unwrapped and has been "used", no duty is payable.
just tick the box that states you've owned all the stuff for more than one yr and have nothing for commercial/trade purposes.

Silly if you ask me. Are we supposed not to shop in the year preceeding immigration to the US?
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As they're for your own use, no you shouldn't be charged. Just don't have them all in the shrink wrap. I shipped hundreds of Cd's with me when I came over, and didn't get charged a bean, despite writing them on the declaration.

Incidentally, It's not necessary to write down each individual CD, just write "100 Compact Discs" or something like that...

Which shipping firm are you using?
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Old Jan 29th 2004, 1:32 pm
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Whenever I order DVDs from America to the UK, I never get charged. The customs sticker just reads "Optical Media", would that work?
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