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hattikins


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18/04/2009 19:07

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Can anyone tell me what to expect when the customs men arrive along with the container of goods, do we have to unpack all of the boxes while they are there. Any advice would be gratefully received.

Hattikins



Discovery


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18/04/2009 19:37

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Hi hattikins dont worry about Customs realy easygoing people when my container arrived last October we had to wait about an hour for them to arrive the seal on the door was cut the first out was my patio table and chairs that they sat on couple of glasses of soft drinks as the guys were unloading they did not open one box or check anything i was chatting to the senior officer he made a note of all the rubbish that Evergreen had pushed over the cliff realy annoyed about that we shook hands when the container was empty that left my wife and myself to sort through the boxes no problems at all Frank



The-Wicks


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18/04/2009 19:41

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hattikins - agree with Discovery and would say there's no need to worry. Our friends had similar thing a couple of years ago. Customs men sat round, drinking coffee, chatting and didn't check anything. Our friends said that they were very pleasant indeed.



I'll bet you'll be pleased when the move is all over and done with!



J



snakes



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18/04/2009 20:26

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Hi Hattikins we are over in June and were wondering the same thing ! heard some stories that concerned us as Mrs Snakes keeps all the original boxes and packing for years ! even got the box i came in !! or is that the one i'm going in ha ha good luck "bon voyage"

regards Snakes



hattikins


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18/04/2009 22:17

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Thanks folks, I feel much better now, the thought of having to unpack all of these boxes in one go nearly had me in tears.



Lilli



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18/04/2009 23:42

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hatti you will be fine. i am told they love a glass of something and bread an olives. Its a man thing think of thier stomachs and leave the rest xxxxxxxx



scoobydoo


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19/04/2009 07:39

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My friends had a good experience with the customs men when they arrived at their property, they only asked one question 'do you have a tv?'. The answer was no and they were going to buy theirs here in the trnc, so they sat down and let the guys finish emptying the container and that was that!



CarrieRBag



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19/04/2009 09:58

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We had 2 customs men come with our container. They made sure we watched whilst the seal was cut then they checked the packing list against the boxes. We had a large TV in its original box (but was over 1 year old) so they wanted to see it. Thankfully I had not dusted it properly (shame on me) so they knew it was not knew. Muhkter even turned up for some reason (how did he know??). All in all, not a bad experience. Cost us a bit for the TV but they were gone within 1.5 hours. We did not have to open all boxes, just a few.



fire starter


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19/04/2009 10:21

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i think it will depend on your shipping list and what they feel like they want to see.

ours was opened in lefkosa, then they came to our house to collect the gun until licence was obtained.

they came in collected the gun and left. took all of about 5 mins.



britvic



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19/04/2009 12:38

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Put plenty of nibbles and drinks out for them, and the young men who come with the container, they really appreciate this.



Fire starter,...........................Gun?



hattikins


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19/04/2009 14:40

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We are only bringing out normal household goods, including a 2 year old tv, so from what has been said we should be ok. I'll make sure I have plenty of goodies available for the customs/delivery men and then keep my fingers crossed.



britvic



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19/04/2009 14:49

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Everything we took over was new, and re-packed, the only thing the customs men where interested in was the kettle!



If like me you are with Olaytrans, their young men are very efficient, they even take the bedroom furniture upstairs, a whole three bed house contents were delivered and in the house within an hour and half!



japeal



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19/04/2009 17:48

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Only got vharged 8 for 1 tv, customs usally come at night, easy going as they are on overtime.



Blackie


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19/04/2009 21:02

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The customs guys that we had went through everyhing it cost us 600. We had to pay for flat packs which we hadnt time to assemble and for a small vacum which cost us 35 we were charged 60. I do not regret bringing in our container and I think it still worked out cheaper for us we had a year to buy stuff kn the sales etc. Our house looked like a warehouse at the end. But please beware if the customs guys are not feeling very generous they can sting you.



Turtle


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19/04/2009 21:25

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Hatty, Is everything going well with the house sale, hope so

When do you propose to leave.



Karanfil


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19/04/2009 21:30

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The customs man arrived shortly after our container at 7.30pm. He checked as the seal was broken and the men bought the boxes (all 64 of them) into the house. He watched as they started to unpack and even told one of the men to be careful when unwrapping our leather suite because he was using a stanley knife. He was very pleasant and just seemed interested in the two tvs we had brought over. He charged us 27tl duty, had a cold drink and left after about an hour.



cyprusishome


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20/04/2009 00:15

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As long as you sign the waiver that you are retiring here and do not intend to work you will have no problems.



Have said many times on the forums, we packed everything in its original packaging and the customs people accepted this as being best practice. The stuff came from Japan originally in that packaging so on onward journey was best in same.



The customs people are looking for illicit goods, so bring what is legal to be imported and you will have no problems.



Also agree with above, make sure you have cool drinks to offer plus a biccie or two, but do not go OTT. At end of the day these people are the same as rest of us, just making a living.



hattikins


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Message Posted:
20/04/2009 00:40

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Hi Trev,

Everything is going fine, leaving UK mid May so will let you have Cyprus number, when are you due out again ?



Carol.



Turtle


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20/04/2009 01:20

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Carol, Just waiting for the nod from my builder then hopefully mid late May if I can get a flight.

I will let you know in a few weeks.



All the best

T



Olaytrans


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Message Posted:
22/04/2009 16:00

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Dear All



If you have any worries or quiries regards to Importing into TRNC

I will be able to help you.



Best Regards

Senay

customerservices@olaytrans.com

Tel:- 0090 392 365 34 30



segmen


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Message Posted:
22/04/2009 21:04

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Hi Hattikins,

All I have to suggest to you is go and put the kettle on....dont worry to much..

I used to work in a shipping company myself and I WAS THE ONE helping cusromers getting their exemtion certificate and clearing so on..

Yes one or two customs officers do come to your home and they just open couple of boxes accourding to list and go...unfortunately they dont take the emty boxes with them...

Should you require all the information please do not hesitate to drop me a note......segmensonsltd@hotmail.com

I am sorry that I just managed to see your topic otherwise I would of replied long time ago.

Has your goods arrived to TRNC as yet? Please let me know...

All the best..

Segmen



zerochlor


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Message Posted:
23/04/2009 02:28

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my container came last july.1 customs man,1 lady customs.only was really interested in the 3 lcd TVs and 1 plasma.oh and 4 new tyres and 4 alloy wheels which were the original wheels of my car.had to pay 400TL for the 4 tvs and wheels and tyres.oh and a samll 50cc suzuki quad bike.

i bought a good bottle of whisky for them,i think them days are well gone where they like a glass of whisky.i was told they would enjoy a glass of whisky,they wouldnt have a drop.just a soft drink.



was painless really,oh and they took away all the wrapping and boxes in the container.

Cheers



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