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Sending a gift to France.. customs?

Post by StSigal » Sun, 07 Aug 2011 6:36 pm

Hi all,

My boyfriend lives in Singapore, and he said he'd like to send me a birthday gift from there. Do you know if there is a special procedure regarding customs declarations or other things?

The gift is probably worth like 350 sgd so I think in theory he would have to pay importation taxes at the french customs.. Do you know how all this works, or do you have any experience/advice on sending a package from Singapore to Europe? I would prefer not to have to pay any taxes of course, but I wouldn't want the package to get stuck at the border..

Thanks for your help!

S.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 07 Aug 2011 7:07 pm

Usually, the recipient (the receiver) has to pay the customs duties (or import taxes) The easiest way is to visit the SingPost site: http://www.singpost.com.sg/

From what I know, the sender just fills out a customs declaration and it is affixed to the package. French Post Office/Customs will determine whether there is any customs/import duties on that end and the receiver has to pay them in order to receive the package.
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Post by ksl » Sun, 07 Aug 2011 8:54 pm

Quite a few European Countries have an allowance for gifts, you need to check France, allowance for gifts! You also need to declare it has a gift! If duty is payable it will not be released until paid to the courier delivering the item, like duty & tax if applicable.

Though some packages with gift on them sometimes get through the system scot free!

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Post by beppi » Sun, 07 Aug 2011 9:23 pm

Just declare a low value on the customs form or pro-forma invoice attached to the parcel. It's unlikely to be checked if labelled as private gift.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 07 Aug 2011 10:15 pm

Are we advising doing illegal stuff on this forum now? [-X
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Post by durain » Sun, 07 Aug 2011 11:39 pm

so not an e-ticket present to visit him in singapore?

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Post by nakatago » Sun, 07 Aug 2011 11:45 pm

Check how Amazon will do it since they let you send something as a gift. The important part anyway is the entry to France.
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Post by durain » Tue, 09 Aug 2011 2:07 pm

nakatago wrote:The important part anyway is the entry to France.
if it is french parfum, then no problemo. but if it is fake LV bags, then defo no no.

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Post by nakatago » Tue, 09 Aug 2011 3:30 pm

durain wrote:
nakatago wrote:The important part anyway is the entry to France.
if it is french parfum, then no problemo. but if it is fake LV bags, then defo no no.
well, duh...
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 09 Aug 2011 10:33 pm

Image, lah.......
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