I realise there are a few threads with similar questions, but some of them are quite old, or asking for slightly different information. I was hoping someone with recent experience can perhaps help.
My partner and I will relocate to Hanoi in May. We are considering a small shipment of personal effects. This would ideally include some clothing, shoes, one laptop, one XBox, and perhaps some academic textbooks. It's likely to be a medium- to large-sized suitcase/box full of personal belongings.
Now - I have read that importing used items is illegal. I have also read that importing personal effects (which by definition are used?) is possible if done so within 30 days of arrival and may be tax exempt. I am finding this all quite confusing, and would be grateful for any advise on what may be the best thing to do. I can arrange to ship from UK, Netherlands or Germany, in case anyone has any recommendations for companies to use. Prices for parcels with DHL from Germany seem okay, but will it arrive within 30 days? Will I be hit with high taxes?
I realise the best thing to do would be additional checked in luggage on our flights, but we are going travelling for several weeks prior to reaching Hanoi so unfortunately this is not feasible.
Many thanks in advance for your help.