Personal Effects Trade, Facts About This Type Of Shipment


Personal effects trade

We all agree that there are different ways by which trade could be shipped, but when it comes to the case of citizens returnees or individuals relocating with their items that is viewed from a trade ecosystem perspective as ‘Personal effects freight’, however, it’s important to note that a couple of factors which are key to enforced rules is expected to be in place before this category of freight is imported into a country. Since trade under this category consists mainly of used personal and household items.

Since we currently have a clue about this type of trade, it’s evident this form of shipment would not require the use of an import permit, SONCAP Certificate, or diplomatic licenses and importation approach.

Prior to the rules guiding this category of trade, it’s evident a good number of us in foreign countries, either returning or relocating elsewhere would’ve been left with a series of questions. Such as, how do I move my properties back to my country or my new location without facing issues coupled with tariffs? Ironically, no license is required for this type of importation, rather, a set of rules.

Meanwhile, let’s dive into these sets of rules. The importation of household items solely requires the use of a valid international passport, indicating the citizen’s eligibility to import such items in that country from where the importation of those goods actually originated or shipped in. The consignee of these items must be the rightful owner of the international passport used for such shipment, also, it’s expected of the citizen that is actually entitled to the subject passport to have resided in the country where those used household items were imported from, for at least six (6) months, consequently spent a minimum of six (6) months, in the country where the items are to be delivered. Thus, this is just one of the criteria or rules that will be met before an individual could be able to import goods declared as personal effects.

Going forward is the other factor that should guarantee or ascertain a consignee’s eligibility to import goods declared as personal effect freight. And factor to pay attention to here is the nature of the trade, as these items to be imported must be household items or office equipment that has been used, at least 90 percent of the items. In other words, it is not expected of a citizen to import brown new items and have the freight declared as personal effects.

To serve you better, items categorized as personal effects are professionally classified as PUBD (personal unaccompanied baggage declaration), in fact, customs portals classify this category of freight as personal unaccompanied baggage declaration.

Concerning the form by which consignees could make this kind of importation, this category of trade is often shipped as full container load and less than container load respectively. While the volume of the items will determine the type and the dimension of the container that will be deployed for such shipment.

If the trade forwarder or the consignee is advised to ship the subject items as consolidated goods (LCL freight), this will mean, shipping with the aid of pallets, boxes, or cases. This will require the shipper’s determination of the item’s cubic meter (CBM) after it has been packaged. And when it comes to customs clearing such items from the port of final destination, items will be declared tariff-free. This implies that the issue of tariff that is paid to the federal government of any country based on the importation of goods into a country wouldn’t apply here.

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