Virgin Australia - Velocity Frequent Flyer
Member since 18 Apr 2013
Total posts 13
TRS - I am planning on purchasing some new luggage prior to heading off to Europe in a couple of weeks. Just wondering if anyone knows if I am able to eligable for the TRS, and if there is a location prior to going through customs and immigration to have the goods sighted prior to checking them in? The goods will be over the $300 minimum and purchased from from same retailer. Many Thanks
Member since 11 Mar 2012
Total posts 160
I'm guessing no because of this condition
"Wear or carry the goods on board the aircraft or ship and present them along with your original tax invoice, passport and international boarding pass to a Customs and Border Protection Officer at a TRS facility."
I interpret that to mean you'd need to have them as carry on (eg Watches, iPads or perfume). Happy to be corrected though.
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 210
I'd agree with the above. You can only claim the GST at the TRS office, which is after you checkin your checked luggage and after your pass through immigration and security, and anything that you're claiming has to be sighted at the TRS office. So it's only items in your cabin luggage that you can claim for.
Thanks Guys for the information, I was also under that opinion but have since found out the Customs operates a custer service counter located in the arrivals area (post security) where you can have items such as LAGS's, oversized ones (box of wine) need to be inspected prior to checking them in - check it out:
LAGs that cannot be taken on board as hand luggage due to aviation security measures should be packed in your hold luggage. However, if those goods are oversized, for example a case of wine, they must be sighted prior to check-in at the Customs and Border Protection Client Services counter.
I have have sent them email on the off chance this may also apply to luggage! Will let you know.
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