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Import tax implications taking possessions to Italy

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this. My partner and I are from the UK originally but we have bought a house in Italy. We won't be leaving Switzerland for 2 to 3 years, by which point we will have Italian residency. Having residency means not paying the astronomical import tax on our furniture which is a huge bonus.

In the mean time, we want to move some of our things there. The majority of it is from the UK originally so shouldn't incur any import duty as the UK and Italy are both in the EU. We were wondering what the likelihood of the customs officers believing us at the border?

We have previously taken boxes of stuff in our car with no issues but we are wanting to take some bigger items and would need to hire a van. I imagine they would stop us if we were in a van. Does anyone know if this would be the case? Also, would we need some sort of paperwork?

We really don't want to have to pay tax on things we have owned for 10yrs plus that came from England!

Any information on this subject is welcomed as it is all very new to me.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Import tax implications taking possessions to Italy

You make an inventory, listing each box and the contents and today's value, and each item of furniture, stating it's age and present value.

You contact a shipping company and ask them to create the necessary forms. You will need to tell them the registration number of the van, the driver's details passport etc, and the border crossings & route you will use.

Probably Dover is your first port of call, you visit Customs with the trucks and get the first form(s) stamped.

You drive across Europe, exporting, importing and exporting the stuff at each border, getting the forms stamped, definitely not forgetting to give the Italians their form at the border and getting it stamped!

Then you arrive at your local customs office in Italy and & give them the final form with the inventory, so they can check your contents, and tax you if necessary.

This is the official procedure, I am not joking.
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Re: Import tax implications taking possessions to Italy

They are NOT bringing the stuff from the UK, but Switzerland.

But yes, otherwise correct, you have to declare everything, fill out forms, etc.

The Guardia di Finanzia are quite ruthless when dealing with smugglers, so don't try to out-fox them.

And with more than EUR 600 worth of stuff, you will also need to pass through commercial customs and will need an expeditor.

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Re: Import tax implications taking possessions to Italy

Thanks for your responses guys. Sounds like a complete pain, but then I didn't expect anything else!
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