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      Importing Antique Items into UK - Documents needed for imports of Antiques

      I am planning on importing antiques from outside the UK very soon, and, as I havenít focused on imports thus far Ė just antiques within the UK Ė Iím wondering what kind of paperwork I need to gather. What specific documents are required to get an antique through UK customs?
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      You need certification that the item, or items, are antique. If they are for resale in the UK, youíll have to pay duty, but if they are for your personal use, you donít have to pay it.

      An antique is qualified as such if it is more than 100 years old. To certify an antique, you need a verified certificate from the seller or from an expert, such as an antiques dealer or a dealer who documents the itemís age. If you donít have access to that kind of certification, a catalogue that lists the item in an auction sale will do or some other type of document that offers a description of the item.

      If you know for certain that it is an antique and you donít have any of the above, you can pay an expert to certify the item. However, HMRC reserves the right to approve the expert, so itís best to check with them before you go ahead and pay someone. It happens often enough that an antique is imported into the country without the proper documentation, and customs hold the item until it is certified for which you will have to pay.
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