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Andi
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« on: 22 February 2001, 11:39:00 AM »
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One of the moving companies which is quoting for our move to Singapore has just told me that the home videos of our children growing up/family holidays/school plays etc, will have to be censored, and that I have to pay for them to watch them.  Is this true?
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Connie
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« Reply #1 on: 22 February 2001, 11:48:00 AM »
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When we came here (from the UK) we had to fill in a form putting the films into categories. As long as your videos fit into these categories, you should be OK. We never had to have anything censored, but I think in theory the customs people may want to watch (and charge you) to make sure there's no pornography (which on these videos should not be a problem!!)

Might be worth trying another moving company to get the true situation.

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Mrs M
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« Reply #2 on: 22 February 2001, 11:59:00 AM »
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We were told to put them on the inventory as books and then customs wouldn't bother with them.
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wife
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« Reply #3 on: 22 February 2001, 12:29:00 PM »
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We had them listed as "tapes" next to the listing of Compact Discs....had no problem.
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Andi
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« Reply #4 on: 22 February 2001, 19:13:00 PM »
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He told me that if I didn't declare them properly and they were discovered, that the censors would wipe them.  Did anyone list VCDs and were they censored? or should I just mix them in with music CDs?  He also told me that the charge to watch home movies was US$6 per half hour, but to watch VCDs was S$4. Why the difference in currencies, I wonder?  Boy, this move is a nightmare!
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« Reply #5 on: 22 February 2001, 20:00:00 PM »
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Andi,
We moved here from the Netherlands with a ton of Disney videos.  Thought for sure we'd go poor from a bunch of used kid's videos.  Connie's response is in line with what I remember from our move.    
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expatwife
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« Reply #6 on: 23 February 2001, 2:47:00 AM »
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Whatever you do, don't bring in alcohol unless you are prepared to pay very steep customs duty. Even half-drunk bottles of spirits are put with another one to make one whole bottle to charge duty on.
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« Reply #7 on: 23 February 2001, 9:18:00 AM »
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Wine duty is flat and cheap (S$9.50 a litre). If you have a taste for fine wine then bring it with you, declare it and pay duty. If you are moving from the UK you can buy the wine there ex-duty and vat and it works out a lot cheaper than here. Make sure it is properly packed in insulated containers.
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