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mackerel


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08/07/2008 09:10

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Anyone know where I can find the requirements for being able to ship a container load of house furnishings into TRNC and what the duty situation is.



berty



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08/07/2008 18:09

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any shipping agent or removal firm should be able to advise. I asked several reputable firms before selecting the one I used. They want your business so will come round your house and give you all the 'blurb' you could want.



Please be careful who you chose, as the one we used, although reputable, (apparently) were infact in my opinion pretty aweful when it came to reliability and somewhere on route managed to damage a significant number of our pictures and other items, this was because they didnt pack them well enough in my opinion. Insurance caughed up though....eventually. Having said that, perhaps reliability is an issue for most things and you get used to it.



debdebs


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08/07/2008 18:54

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Hi berty



Can you say which company shipped your goods for you. We are using Aspin International, have you heard of them?



Blackie


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08/07/2008 19:05

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I used a company in the Uk called Aspins 0151 2079991. They were pretty efficient and all my stuff got here intact, a 20 ft container cost me just shy of 2400.00 as part of the deal the comany which they use over here provides a guide to help you through the paperwork escorts you to the police station, customs etc.



Got to be carefull about what you bring in and how you bring it in you will get taxed on electrical items and anything that is new. If you are bringing in flatpacks assemble them before you bring them out, almost everything new is taxable so you have to try any make t look used. We were stung for 600.00 mostly for white goods and flat packs. But it can depend on the frame of mind of the customs officers . One of our neighbours had 5 flat screens in their container and got away with about 50.



In our case I think it was worthwhile importing as the quality of the furniture in the UK is much better and in the long run I think we saved a lot of money we bought of plan and had a year to buy our kit at the sales etc. During a snagging visit by our developer they took some sneaky pictures of our villa and reproduced them in their sales brochure.



If you decide to bring a container final piece of advice is to draw up a list of everything you might need use your own home as a template..



debdebs


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08/07/2008 20:25

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Hi Blackie,



Thats the company we are using, its costing us 4000 for a 40ft container which I didnt think was to bad. We had other quotes, some close to 6,500.



We have been warned about buying flat packs and taking new items into the country.



Anyway it sounds as if they dont do a bad job, so that has relieved me.



Is it right we need to get a letter of some sort from the Muktar to give to the customs people?



cyprusishome


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08/07/2008 21:20

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Use the local company here - Olaytrans, they are superb.



They deal with getting agent in UK, transport to TRNC and then best of all they do all the necessary customs stuff here. Hurmus at Olaytrans speaks good English and will answer all your questions promptly and effetively.



olaytrans@olaytrans.com



Check out all the other threads on this and most other BB and the same company appears on every request for info.



Jo Valentine


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08/07/2008 22:01

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Hello Brian

I have sent you an Email with some useful information, and the full contact details for Olaytrans.

Kind regards

Jo

http://www.jamesvalentineremovals.co.uk



watty


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09/07/2008 13:39

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Hello Brian



I have just completed on a villa in Bogaz, after looking around the shops and getting prices i think it is better to buy all the big things in NC unlees you are bringing existing furniture.



I have access to buying furniture at manufacturers prices in the UK and after taking into account the 2400 for the container the hassel of packing, paperwork etc it is just not worth the bother.



I have just bought 5 beds, 3/2/1/1 leather suite, table and 8 chairs, large solid coffee table, two bed side tables for less than 4300 if you take the 2400 for the container into account there is no way you could buy all this for 1900.



A lot of the small things you need can be bought in as luggage.



Hope this helps



berty



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09/07/2008 18:32

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hi debdebs



the firm was Dolphin so I guess that you will be OK using the Aspin International as you are may well be a good move. Good luck



cyprusishome


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09/07/2008 22:52

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watty has a good point.



You need to weigh up the cost of what new house contents may cost as opposed to what you are brining. Certainly if fitting out a holiday home then I would say it is not cost effective to bring from UK.



I will add to above comments about dolphin, they are the one company that crops up time after time here for poor service.



As above we used Olaytrans based on recommendation and the fact they are local for sorting "local" problems.



rigsby


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Message Posted:
10/07/2008 09:45

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We used Richard Hainsworth.See ad in Cyprus Today.1st class service.



mackerel


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10/07/2008 15:44

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Perhaps you could e-mail me off board and let me know where the good furniture buys can be gotten as you seem to have done well.

Many Thanks



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