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Goods owned for less than 12 months       started by leigh_and_ross on 20 May 2004   (1420)
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From leigh_and_ross

20 May 2004 11:54 PM
(5294)
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 robandmel

To leigh_and_ross

21 May 2004 4:24 AM
(5298)
is this in relation to VAT refunds? If so its a pain up the proverbial and I am having hassle with it right now!
From leigh_and_ross

To robandmel

21 May 2004 11:25 AM
(5302)
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?? Leigh
From robandmel

To leigh_and_ross

21 May 2004 1:37 PM
(5303)
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.
From nelly

To robandmel

21 May 2004 5:15 PM
(5305)
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