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Importing goods from UK to second home

Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 12:46pm
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Peter Barker

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Hi

I am resident in the UK with a second home in Salgar Menorca.  Subject to Covid restrictions, I am planning to travel to Menorca by road and ferry later in the summer.  Part of the reason for doing this is to bring a few bulky household items with me.  Since the last time I did a similar trip, Brexit has happened and so I am aware that there are customs formalities.  It is, though, difficult to get precise information about the paperwork I will need in order to clear French customs at the tunnel.  It seems to be particularly difficult when I am both the exporter and the importer, but in my importer role I am not based in the EU.  Anyone know:

- what document(s) I need and where I get it/them

- to whom and when do I pay the various taxes involved, how do I contact them in the first place and how do I prove that I have paid when i arrive at French customs

- are there any further complications arising from the fact that destination country (Spain) is not the same as the one on in which I will enter the EU (France)?

- are there issues of standards compliance now - any goods that cannot be imported because they don't meet EU standards (thinking in particular of things that use gas/electricity)

- suppose I just rock up at Folkestone with a car full of stuff and no advance docs, but with evidence of value, would it be a simple matter of paying French customs on the spot with minimal fuss and then off on my way?

- is it really not worth trying to do DIY importing and would I be better ordering stuff in Spain (just seems a shame not to use the space in the car, that's all). 

Many thanks in advance for any advice

Peter

CP03

Posted: Sun Jul 4, 2021 10:36am

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Posted: Sun Jul 4, 2021 10:36am

Personally I wouldn’t bother to bring anything over, just buy here. You can also order online from Palma if you need to. Buying white goods here ir anything electrical you’ll have a guarantee. It’ll probably cost you more in taxes!! Good luck if you do.

Peter Barker

Posted: Sun Jul 4, 2021 11:41am

Peter Barker

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Location: Salgar

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Posted: Sun Jul 4, 2021 11:41am

Thanks for the reply.  Thought that might be the case.  Even if I decided to go ahead and pay the taxes, finding out how to seems to be the tricky part.

CP03

Posted: Mon Jul 5, 2021 1:39pm

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Posted: Mon Jul 5, 2021 1:39pm

Try contacting Mark Baxter. He’s Menorca Space transport and delivers etc Menorca/UK/Menorca maybe he could give you the info you want? He’s on Facebook.

Peter Barker

Posted: Mon Jul 5, 2021 7:38pm

Peter Barker

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Location: Salgar

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Posted: Mon Jul 5, 2021 7:38pm

Thank you very much for that suggestion, will look him up

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