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Keys3688
3/29/2021 14:25 EST

I need some information regarding the qualified retirement program. I would like to know getting your things shipped tax free in the first year. 1. How explicit do you have to labeling your boxes? Can you label kitchen utensils or do you have to list everything in the box?
2. Can you bring a 1997 truck in great condition or a car older than 3 years in good condition?
3. Can you have boxes full of opened liquor?
4. Do they physically open all the boxes and go through them?
Anyone who has been through this I would appreciate hearing about your experience!
Thanks,
Peri

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bobbyveee
3/29/2021 18:54 EST

From what im hearing from friends , QRP keeps changing and answers are different from various gov sources. Take care and good luck, remember theres a new gov, just come in

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ditalian
3/30/2021 16:08 EST

following this thread closely. Pretty much in the same boat, and those would have been my same questions...

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clayboy54
6/14/2021 21:42 EST

As of June 2021, you don’t have to itemize everything in each box. Labels like pots & pans, clothing, linens, etc is perfect. Don’t use the word “office” on any labels. They think you are opening an office. I learned the hard way. Be careful about too much technology. They wouldn’t exempt more than 2 computers and 2 monitors. I had to pay duty on the rest of my computer gear.

They recently changed the car requirement to 5-years. If you don’t want to pay duty, make sure your vehicle is less than 5-years old. With the cost of used cars, I just bought a new one.

If you’re planning on bringing any tools, make sure they are not listed as tools of a trade. List them as hand tools or something. Tools of a trade is a red flag. They think you’re going to work.

Have your belongings professionally packed. Label each box with like items. Don’t try to hide items. They won’t check every box if you have a good broker, but they do spot-check. If they find one unclaimed item, they will go through everything. A good broker will make the entire process smooth. The difference between a good broker and a bad broker will be hundreds of dollars in duty costs.

As for the vehicle, don’t leave anything at all in your car. Clean it out. Back it into the container facing outward. They check the VIN. If they have to rummage through stuff in the car, you’re going to have troubles. Also, make sure your car is well secured in the container. Your household good won’t be any good if they’ve been run over by your car. Invest in good axle straps and ratchet straps. Block each wheel front, back and side with wood blocks nailed to the container floor. Buy a good heavy-duty cargo net and separate the household boxes from the car. Alternately you can build a wooden partition. Do it right. The trip can be rough.

Choose your freight company wisely. If you make a mistake there, you might end up with nothing. I chose Seaboard Marine. I’m happy, but it wasn’t cheap. It was worth every penny.

I hope this answers most of your questions.

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engir
6/15/2021 06:20 EST

Since my post I try and make are not being posted by the site and they will not talk to me but will post comments I post on others.
I would like to ask what is the charges for a older vehicle, how are they working out the duty fees?
I have several questions I would like to ask but like I said the site is not posting my questions and they will not talk to me?

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Donovan
6/15/2021 10:36 EST

Those are good questions. Too bad it's that difficult to get them answered.

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Donovan
6/15/2021 10:59 EST

Very helpful. Thankk you.

I imagine one could drive rather than ship their car, right?

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Kenubelizeit
6/15/2021 20:04 EST

Nice breakdown good information to know .

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