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Old 21st January 2009, 09:24   #1 (permalink)
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Shipping belongings' from England to Turkey

Morning all,

My partner & I have just bought a hotel business in Kalkan.


My partner has just returned from Kalkan & has brought with him some scary stories from ex pats living out there re the complications to ship (mainly to do with customs). So, if anyone out there has any information what so ever related to this I would be very grateful.

We are in the process of checking with the Turkish Embassy so let's hope they can shed further light on this.

Many thanks

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Morning all,

My partner & I have just bought a hotel business in Kalkan.


My partner has just returned from Kalkan & has brought with him some scary stories from ex pats living out there re the complications to ship (mainly to do with customs). So, if anyone out there has any information what so ever related to this I would be very grateful.

We are in the process of checking with the Turkish Embassy so let's hope they can shed further light on this.

Many thanks

Imelda
Find a good international removal company in the U.K and let them do a door to door service for you.

They will use a Turkish company here that will deal with the Turkish side for you. Well worth the money in my opinion. We did the same in 2006 and it worked really well.

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Make sure one of you has got a Residence Permit, and use that name on the shipping document, otherwise the goods won't clear customs.
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Re: Shipping belongings' from England to Turkey

I can only second that advice. We did this in 2004 and all we had to do was sit back and wait for our stuff to be delivered to our new home.
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Make sure one of you has got a Residence Permit, and use that name on the shipping document, otherwise the goods won't clear customs.
Yes, very important advice. Make sure you follow it.
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Re: Shipping belongings' from England to Turkey

Thanks so much for this useful info. We have looked into shipping door to door & have been advised that Customs is a nightmare in Turkey, ie steep extra tax charges for elect items/items lying in wait for lenghtly periods of time etc.
We are now debating about selling our elect items/large furniture & instead take our personal effects ie clothes/bedding/towel/books etc. Will this make a difference ?
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We shipped out a lot of stuff 5 years ago, but in hindsight, it would've been more sensible to have left it or sold it in the UK.

Just bring stuff that has sentimental value for you, and get rid of the electrical goods and the furniture etc.

You'll at least have the advantage that any electrical goods you buy will have the correct plugs and full guarantees in place.
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Thanks so much for this useful info. We have looked into shipping door to door & have been advised that Customs is a nightmare in Turkey, ie steep extra tax charges for elect items/items lying in wait for lenghtly periods of time etc.
We are now debating about selling our elect items/large furniture & instead take our personal effects ie clothes/bedding/towel/books etc. Will this make a difference ?
Hi Imelda,

Well, I can only say that our experience also the 3 other people who were with us had no problem at all. Import tax was FAR less that we had been told by others. We were also told to expect a nightmare, but that was not at all so. We brought in a 40 foot container full of furniture and usedelectrical goods.

You do not pay tax on electrical goods, only on receiving electrical goods. i.e T.V's, D.V.D recorders (not players), Radio's etc.

We arrived at the customs office in the morning. Met the agent who dealt with the 3 of us at the same time. Did what had to be done at customs...agent dealt with all. Came back after lunch, paid the tax and that was it. Got there about 9.30a.m, left around 3ish all done.

The agent then arranged for the goods to be taken from customs and delivered to our door. They delivered, unpacked and placed everything where we wanted. They were fantastic, we were very pleased with the service all round.

However, if I can offer some advice. We spent a lot of money transporting our things here, only to get rid of quite a bit of it once here. Go through your things carefully to make sure you really want it. If you are bringing electrical items...washing machine etc; if they are older ones check out how much it would be to buy one here first. It might not be worth shipping. Furniture that you had in the U.K might not be suitable to your new home. Think things over very carefully.

You can get different sizes of containers, you can even share containers. So firstly find out what sizes are available and what can be fitted into it. International companies will come and give you a free quote, so make use of it.

On another point, all will try to sell you insurance. We took it, but felt it did not offer any protection. We had some items lost, but the company never settled the loss. Always coming up with a different reason why they could'nt pay us. So it was an expensive waste of time.

If you do have any room in that container though, I have 2 bikes (cycle) that I would like brought over!? We're not too far from Kalkan, but I guess the port you would go into would be Izmir...which is also fine.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Shipping belongings' from England to Turkey

Try Britannia they are a nation wide company they have an office in Deal ,they ship direct to your house via Soya int' moving company in Izmir they do all the work at custom after you go to notary in Izmir they take you to customs you just wait and they do all work , takes several hours they then deliver to you about 7 days later . Call local branch on 0845 6006661 . We shiped from S.Wales no problems . Tax was very small maybe we where lucky only 140 ytl . Mike
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Try Britannia they are a nation wide company they have an office in Deal ,they ship direct to your house via Soya int' moving company in Izmir they do all the work at custom after you go to notary in Izmir they take you to customs you just wait and they do all work , takes several hours they then deliver to you about 7 days later . Call local branch on 0845 6006661 . We shiped from S.Wales no problems . Tax was very small maybe we where lucky only 140 ytl . Mike
We also used Britannia in Deal, they were great.
Came and packed all your stuff, and arranged for delivery the other end.
BUT we paid 2,500 for tax and 1 weeks storage at Izmir customs, and another 100 in ther back pocket for mu husband to have his drill and tool box.
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