How not to go broke on customs duties?
Bringing a mountain of purchases from foreign trips, in addition to impressions, is a long-standing domestic tradition. In recent years, abroad often buy fashionable equipment: iPhones, tablets, advanced cameras, etc.These new items “they” often cost much cheaper than we do.
But customs and the question of how to preserve the benefits of customs duties and avoid unpleasant proceedings at the border stand in the way of a threat.
Friends and relatives are asked to bring an advanced iPhone from abroad. And how many of them or other similar gadgets can be easily transported? The formal response contains the rules for moving goods across the border for personal use by individuals, recently adopted by the Customs Union and having legal force on the territory of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. According to this document, an individual can import duty-free goods for personal use in the amount of up to € 10,000 and weighing up to 50 kg.
While still abroad, it is not difficult to calculate how much the gadgets you bought cost and try to ensure that their total cost does not exceed the specified amount. It is also quite useful to save receipts from stores. But customs officials may have doubts about not only the cost, but also the number of goods transported.
For example, you get six of the same type of iPhones. At customs, you may be told that these goods are not intended for personal use, but for commercial sale, which means that you should pay a duty. And you will have to prove that you are carrying iPhones for friends and relatives. As an argument, you can present a list of those for whom the products are intended, with addresses and phone numbers.
Sometimes it happens that your personal items that you did not buy abroad, but simply carried with you, for example, a video camera, also fall under the watchful eye of customs officers. The customs officers can add its approximate cost to the cost of imported gadgets when you return, and you will get an excess of the limit, the same €10,000. This should be taken care of in advance, even at the time of departure, and fill out the customs Declaration, including all expensive items that travel with you. It is better to do this at home by downloading the Declaration form from the Internet, from the website of the customs service. And at the entrance back – to show the customs officers a copy of it.
The duty that is imposed on goods that “do not fit” into the preferential rate of carriage, today is 30% of their value. Agree – very solid. Therefore, it makes sense to prepare in advance for a meeting with customs officers and stock up on all the documents and arguments to avoid unnecessary expenses.