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goods owned by you for less than 12 months       started by leigh_and_ross on 20 May 2004   (1419)
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From leigh_and_ross

20 May 2004 10:05 PM
(5285)
Has anyone had any experience of customs causing problems re: goods they believe that are less than 12 months old if you don't have receipts to prove otherwise?
From Carmel

To leigh_and_ross

22 May 2004 1:08 AM
(5317)
No. They are more bothered about you bringing in food, animals, garden dirt potentially containing bacteria, illegal substances etc. If your goods are clearly used and you send them with your removal firm, it is highly likely that they won't bother to question it. They haven't got time. Regards Carmel - Perth (brought entire house contents and only hubby's garden boots got held over in quarantine!)
From leigh_and_ross

To Carmel

22 May 2004 1:24 AM
(5320)
Thanks Carmel, Have sent off the forms today so i'll see what happens. The items i was concerned about was some nursery furniture which was purchased in Mar 2003 by my parents but was never used and still remained flatpacked. I had the removal people wrap up the boxes but i was converned that they may try and charge us duty. The removals co told me not to worry, they said that they are more interested in high value items such as brand new plasma screens etc. We'll see what happens!! Leigh
From leigh_and_ross

To Carmel

24 May 2004 8:28 PM
(5378)
Hi Carmel, Re this quaramtine thing, we have packed the contents of our garden shed in our container (strimmer, garden spades, etc) everything was cleaned to perfection before being packed. When you said they held over your hubbys boots, did this mean they checked them out to see if they were clean or they convescated them?? and you never got to see them again?? Slightly concerned... Leigh
From Carmel

To leigh_and_ross

24 May 2004 9:08 PM
(5379)
Hi there, I think they just put them on one side, ready to treat/fumigate them or something when they came in at Fremantle because they were in a sorry state. It only means that they give you a call to let you know that that is what's going to happen if your goods are to be released, and to advise that this will carry a fee for the item in question. In the case of the boots, they were so 'orrible that we told them to dispose of them. All the other gardening stuff got through fine, as did my pets' baskets which actually had cat hair on them!! Then we discovered that Pickfords had packed all manner of baking ingredients; it was very funny eating our English sultanas and other dried fruits which we found our movers had smuggled into Oz by accident! All in all, the quarantine thing wasn't much to speak of at all. Just make sure that you aren't bringing drugs, food, animal products or anything else dubious. Different types of wood, too (eg bamboo) will have to be treated separately - but a good international removal firm will usually have all the info on Aussie quarantine that you need - so do ask them. Probably better to use a firm that's moved folks to Oz before. Regards Carmel