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Shipping from US to Germany and declaring items as personal

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Hello gang,

 

I am a permanent German resident for several years. Unfortunately, I left all my things back in the US & I just came home to pick them up - mostly books, records, a pair of chairs. Problem is when I thought I could just declare them as personal belongings that I am bringing home & not planning on reselling, all should be fine - BUT, it seems Zollamt"s website says:

 

One of the conditions for the recognition of goods as personal property, that is property moved in connection with a transfer of residence, is that the normal place of residence outside the customs territory of the Community must have been maintained for at least twelve months. Exceptions may be permitted when the beneficiary can show (on the basis of his contract of employment, for example) that he had at least intended to live outside the EU for twelve or more months.
The granting of relief as property moved in connection with a transfer of residence is dependent upon the new normal place of residence being established - if only temporarily - in Germany.

 

Yikes, is it going to be a problem or what extra will I have to pay - it"s looking like 4 boxes that I was hoping to bring on the plane with me (yes, I considered extra baggage fees :( )  but I don"t want to pay even more to bring it all here. 

 

Anyone dealt with this & can help?

 

Thanks,

Ted

 

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I would suggest contacting the German Zoll at the airport you are flying to - they will have a better idea of the rules than most of us!

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