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#252235 - 05 May 17 8:35 pm - America/Chicago Customs, Import duty and taxes
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As a soon-to-be immigrant to BZ, I find the linked schedule of great interest. Once the CIF value is known, it seems a matter of arithmetic to determine the duty and taxes one can expect to pay.

Import duty and taxes Rate Schedule http://www.customs.gov.bz/baggage.html

Are all used personal effects considered of "no value"? What about household goods of kitchen, bed and bath tools and appliances?

Knowing how the agent will determine either cost or CIF is the unknown!

If one has an item "owned less than a year" ( a mattress, for example), is it better to dig up the invoice from personal papers to establish its original cost; or is it better to let the custom's agent make his own assessment of its CIF value?
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#252236 - 06 May 17 12:21 pm - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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In our experience, never seen one person in Belize look anything up. They access with their own rules. Now on the other side if you have a complete list of all your goods, are open and honest when questioned, try not to hide anything from them you will have a great experience and not be charged anywhere what you expect. We got this advice before we moved and found it to be right on
We shipped all our goods in plastic numbered tubs. We had a master list of what is in each tub which we handed in and also a copy of each tubs contents in each tub. For the few large ticket items we also had receipts but the never asked for them. We ended up being charged less than half I expected. But they charged us more than planned on one car so it balanced out in the end. Treat everyone you deal with with respect even if they are abrupt or rude to you. They might just be checking you out and not really mean it to see how you react. Just mt .02 concern your self more with honesty and respect more than book value of goods.

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#252238 - 07 May 17 5:55 am - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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i agree with dave but,,, a few trips ago coming in by air, while at the customs desk the girl asked me how much i paid for a set of cast iron skillets.
i told her but said i had no receipt.
she whipped out her cell phone, went to amazon and BOOM had the price!
i was close enough so she treated me well.

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#252521 - 27 July 17 4:00 pm - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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The following wood items appear on a Belize Customs restricted goods list:

 Mattress support of wood
 Prefabricated building of wood
 Wood in rough form and articles of wood in their primary form and articles made of wood
 Wooden frames for paintings, photograph, mirror and similar objects
** Wood marquetry and inlaid wood; cases for jewelry or cutlery and wooden articles of furniture
not falling in chapter 94 ( excluding caskets)
**Wooden furniture of a kind use in Offices, Kitchen, bedroom and other furniture

Has anyone on the Forum had problems clearing wood items through customs? I would like to bring a coffee table, night stands, a wood mattress frame, and some wood framed pictures.
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#252522 - 27 July 17 4:05 pm - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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Yes we did when we shipped our goods in after residency there were several wooden picture frames. They had a fit we had to get a permit and fees to import them. Screwed us all up! Expect problems or leave them home

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#252536 - 02 August 17 7:19 pm - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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Loc: Wisconsin, USA, Hopkins, Beliz...
How about a trailer with a wood deck? The trailer we are hauling our golf cart on has a plywood deck (wood decking is pretty standard on trailers.

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#252538 - 02 August 17 9:05 pm - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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I have received shipments at the port on a dozen wood pallets over the last 3 years. Also heavy wire on three foot diameter wood spools. They never blinked an eye.
I think, the items listed by Reilly 3 posts back are more to protect Belizeans in those industries.
Based on that I would bet your wood deck trailer will be fine.
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#252539 - 03 August 17 4:32 am - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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Our friend brought in a similar trailer with no hassle.

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#252545 - 04 August 17 6:12 am - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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Get a customs broker. Billy Valdes or Joseph Hamilton.
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#252743 - 10 September 17 9:46 am - America/Chicago Re: Customs, Import duty and taxes [Re: Reilly]
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When we left Belize City on Friday, on United, we had to pay USdollars 38.00 each as some form of exit tax, even though we are QRP. Local bank cards not accepted. First we had heard of this.

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