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Overseas Visitors (Customs Charges)

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 October 1950

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what duty is charged on trunks used by visitors to this country from overseas which carry their personal belongings if such trunks are deemed to be of relatively recent purchase: and if he will waive this duty.

Normally Customs charges are not levied on the personal effects, including trunks, of overseas visitors to this country which are imported for their continued personal use here and for eventual re-exportation. For the purposes of this administrative concession, a visitor is generally regarded as a person making a stay of not more than six months; where that period is exceeded, different considerations may arise and payment of duty and tax may be required. I am writing to my hon. Friend about an individual case which may, I think, have given rise to his Question.