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Old Jun 23rd 2011, 9:16 pm
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Along with our personal items being shipped from the UK to the US, my husband wants to take his Amtico flooring tiles/planks (unopened boxes) would he have to pay a duty or tax on them? If he removed the packaging would he still have to pay a tax/duty? Because they are in unopened boxes would it be classed as importing goods. There is approx 30 boxes.
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Are they personal, or for his work? Does he intend to use them in your new house?
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Old Jun 23rd 2011, 9:48 pm
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Are they personal, or for his work? Does he intend to use them in your new house?
They will be going down in our new home when we get one as we are going to rent for the first year
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They will be going down in our new home when we get one as we are going to rent for the first year
I'd guess it'd be fine then, in my layman's opinion. I would write "PERSONAL USE" all over the packaging. That'll make it clear that you can't resell them. I used to do that when I was bringing American stuff over to use in the UK.
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Thank you that makes perfect sense,appreciate you replying.
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Also, if you know where the receipt is keep it handy. I believe anything that you have owned for more than six months at the time of the move is classed as personal possessions and is not taxed. I'm sure you can check that somewhere, though.
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6 or 12 months? Either way, if over a year old, it's no problem, if not, it's hit or miss.
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6 or 12 months? Either way, if over a year old, it's no problem, if not, it's hit or miss.
Ah yes, it may be 12. On this site it says "New items less than 1 year, inheritance items and gifts are dutiable and may require receipts." It also says "Used household goods, personal effects and tools of trade/occupation are dutyfree if items have been used for at least one year" so I'm not sure about new-in-package items...maybe it would count as used if it's got writing all over the packaging and therefore no longer in 'new' condition?
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