Household Goods


Personal property, not including real estate, belonging to an individual or to a family that are household effects rather than personal effects. Each country has its own definition for customs purposes, but household goods generally include: household furnishings, art, books, furniture, kitchenware, bed linens, appliances including TVs, sporting goods (not firearms), and rugs.

Personal effects, on the other hand, is personal property that belongs to, and is intended to be used by, one person. Customs generally distinguishes between household goods and personal effects. Once again, each country has its own definition for customs purposes, but personal effects generally include: wearing apparel, jewelry, photographic equipment, and personal electronics such as MP3 players and tape recorders.

The personal importation of firearms, wine collections, pets, and personal motor vehicles is generally not covered by household effect and personal effect provisions.

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