Customs fees and reglementation about antiques

Image Customs fees and reglementation about antiques

Antiques refer to any objects or goods which are over 100 years old. Moving antiques from abroad is a challenging task, especially if you do not know where to begin.

Each country has its rules and regulations concerning the import of antique goods. What are the regulations governing antiques? How much are the fees for antiques? Here are a few things you should know about the regulations and customs fees you have to pay for antique good.

The customs fees

The amount you pay at the customs vary considerably for many reasons: 

  • Product Origin: The country where the antique was made may affect the customs fees you have to pay for it. In fact, antiques made in Germany, in the United Kingdom or France are more interesting and valuable. On the contrary, antique goods coming from Africa may have less value, and therefore, pay cheaper custom fees. 
  • Product type: Wooden products are of course less valuable than copper or silver items. Similarly, plastic goods will pay far less customs fees than any other types of goods. As a result, the better the type of the item is, the more costly the fees are. A plastic piece of antique will certainly be far less valuable than a metallic one. Therefore, it will pay higher as far as costumes are concerned. 
  • Taxes: When you import antiques from another country, always check whether you have to pay taxes. This is because the rules and regulations vary from a country to another. In New Zealand, for instance, you have to pay some taxes with other fees. However, in the U.K., antiques can freely enter the country without Customs Duty nor Excise Duty. However, the antiques pay a reduced Value Added Tax or VAT.

Customs Fees and reglementations about the import of antiques in the U.K

  • Any 100 year-old antiques can be imported duty free according to the heading 97.06 of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of the European Communities. Any other antiques which are not parts of any collection receive less valuation on importations, according to the Section 21 (4) and 21(5)(b) of the VAT Act, which was amended in 1994. VAT is Value Added Tax. 
  • Other goods which are produced and used in the same country, other than wine and spirits, which are over 100 years old, are exempt from excise tax, according to the Section 9 of the CED Act of 1979. CED stands for Customs and Excise Duties. 
  • Other antiques, which fall into the category described by the tariff heading 97.06, can be imported duty-free. Other items that fall into the tariff headings 97.01 to 97.05 can be imported free from taxes. These include, unused stamps, stamped paper, precious or semi-precious stones and pearls, handmade paintings, pastels or drawings. In addition, sculptures, and statuary, original engravings, are also exempt from customs duties, along with collections of archaeological, paleontological, botanical, zoological, and other collections.

Import your antiques

  • Import your antiques by post or bring it with you in your luggage, as long as they are not for sale, and as long as the item's value falls into the duty and tax-free allowances. 
  • A certificate indicating the age of the antiques must be presented when importing the goods. 
  • If you want to import gold and silver antiques, special treatment is required.
  • Import your antiques safely by traveling with Opodo. As an online travel agency, Opodo can give you recommendations and advice on importing your antiques and valuables.