I have two iMacs, which are well used and five years old. Am I allowed to bring them into the UK for free, given their age, or do I have to pay VAT or something else at the border at Heathrow?

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    Are they remaining in the UK (i.e. you're returning or giving them to someone there), or are they going back to the USA with you when you return after a holiday or business trip?
    – nkjt
    Commented Oct 28, 2017 at 9:11
  • Hi, they are remaining in the UK. I am giving them away. Thanks
    – Dave Blake
    Commented Oct 29, 2017 at 3:11

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Estimate their value (look at what they sell for on eBay, for example), and declare that at the border when you import them. They'll be tax-free if you're within your exemption amount (which will depend on whether you're a UK resident or not, and how long you've been out of the country), or at the discretion of the Border Force officer (if [s]he feels generous, you may be allowed them tax-free even if you're over your exemption).

It wouldn't hurt to print the eBay listings you find as evidence of the value, if you're asked to justify it.

Five-year-old computers still have some value, particularly if they're Macs, so I wouldn't be surprised if you have to pay a little.


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