20 May 2004 11:54 PM
|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?
21 May 2004 4:24 AM
|is this in relation to VAT refunds? If so its a pain up the proverbial and I am having hassle with it right now!|
21 May 2004 11:25 AM
|Hi Rob and Mel,
No its in relation to our shipment coming over from the UK. It arrives here next week and I am concerned because there are some items of furniture which i don't have receipts for and i don't want to incur penalties for not declaring them, but they have't yet been used but were purchased over a year ago.
What do you reckon??
21 May 2004 1:37 PM
|i am not sure on that one! My problems relate to claiming VAT back on new purchases. The law says I can get my VAT back if they purchase is under 3 months old but in practice this as an admin nightmare dependent on a number of 3rd parties and we all know what that means! I am unsure of what your actual problem is. Were you hoping to avoid duty as the items are under a year old? If so if you haven't got receipts then you may have a problem. Have you got bank statements or anything showing the purchase or can you get something in writing from the retail outlet? I have found our removal company, Pickfords surprisingly helpful with all of this so if you have one of those sorted out they may be able to advise.
21 May 2004 5:15 PM
|We didn't have any problems with this, and had quite a few things under a year old (as every one will have). Our removal company just said to us 'you haven't got anything under a year old have you?' in other words, even if you have, don't worry about it! The only time you would probably have a problem, I should think, would be if your itineray lists , I don't know, lots of expensive, or obviously new stuff - I'm no expert (as you can tell!), but it's probably just luck of the draw as to whether your container is opwened by customs or not for checking. I think it is unreasonable for customs to expect you to have receipts for everything you are shipping over anyway.
Good luck! Julie|