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Dreamydiver



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12/03/2011 12:46

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Can anyone advise me.....

Can we legally buy items in IKEA (or elsewhere in the South for that matter)?

Do custom charges ONLY apply for TOTAL purchases over 200euro or individual items over 200euros?

Would that be per trip or per person?



Whilst we are committed to supporting the economy in the TRNC SHOULD we want to do trip to the South, is there anything else we would need to know please?



gardengnome


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12/03/2011 12:54

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there is no definitive list of what you can buy under green line regulations !! the limit is 135 euros of goods per person per visit .





no furniture.



no electrical goods



no toys !



no plants



Mr Vince


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12/03/2011 14:39

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No dairy products. No meat.



TRNCVaughan


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12/03/2011 14:43

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The goods allowed should be consumables (clothes, food, etc) and not durables (electronics, furniture, etc), as I understand it.



Dreamydiver



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12/03/2011 19:24

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Hmmmmmmmmm quite limiting. Guess it's not worth the bother. Did like some lights and lamps in Ikea sigh!!



AnthonySmith


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12/03/2011 19:30

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Many people shop in Ikea and take the chance - Turkish Cypriots and expats. If it is for lights and lamps, there is a risk you could be stopped, but they would easily go in the boot of a car. Big furniture that would be on show is what gets some people caught, together with Ikea bags on show, or Jumbo toy shop bags.



Dreamydiver



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12/03/2011 19:59

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thank you for that .... I would make the purchase in the North but .....the lighting I have my heart set on is from IKEA and a little too heavy to pack in a suitcase!



Dreamydiver



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13/03/2011 12:48

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or ........can experienced TRNC shoppers suggest a shop selling a reasonably priced lightning range?



Dreamydiver



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Message Posted:
13/03/2011 22:19

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can there be so few shoppers on the forum?



me-style


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14/03/2011 01:07

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Furnitures from the South is 30% and this is including Ikea, Furnitures from the south is yasak. We paid in December and thats fine. The customs people are nice and friendly and doing their job. This does not depend on any limits of 135 Euro



Wiser


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14/03/2011 06:54

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How much are the lamps you want and how big are they? I go over often and can get them for you. I have not ever had a problem bringing lamps back but they do object to tvs etc.



negativenick


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14/03/2011 07:15

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one thing that has not been mentioned........



you need a import licence to import furniture - which you ave to apply for in advance...



if you get caught with a car load of furniture, you run the risk of them just taking it off you..............



me-style


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14/03/2011 11:38

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Customs will not take anything if you pay the duty!!!!!



TinLondon


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14/03/2011 14:00

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I have spent over 2000 in Ikea in the South and not once have I been searched at the borders, similar goods in the North would have cost more than double. I guess, it's just like any border crossing you just try your luck!



Dreamydiver



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14/03/2011 22:45

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Wiser, that is most kind of you.... we are out in April and intend to give it a go...on the way back from collectig people at the airport. Hopefully, their luggage will hide our small purchases!



It would be nice to know how to pay customs though ...I thought you simply lost the lot if you got caught.



ysatis


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28/03/2011 15:47

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Usually, there is a list of goods that you are allowed to import at the borders. Ask the N.C.customs people over there, they will help you with exact details. If I remember correctly, we had been allowed to buy upto EUR 260,-- per person free of any customs tax. If you buy more but are 2 or more persons, take care that the bills are also separated, then you are still free of tax. Meat,dairy products, some toys are forbidden as well as some items that I cannot remember currently. But we had been allowed to import any kind of Ikea furnitures. If the price does exceed the foreseen allowed free-tax-amount, then you will have to pay 16% reg.tax, 4% (they called it "stopage tax" or s), private tax 10%, upto 10% additionally for furniture and electronics.

You definitely do not need to have an import license as you are not a company. Instead you would have to pay this add.10% tax as a "private importer" if your purchase does exceed the free-tax-amount.

But better be updated with a new list



billybob


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28/03/2011 17:22

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Dreamydiver

please take this as its meant, unlike other posts, but you are leaving yourself open to victimisation ect posting all this on an open forum with your pic splashed all over the place and lydia Wise you are just as bad encouraging it on an open forum, now please take this the way its meant and not world war 3.



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