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Importing regulations?

Hi,

I am moving to Zurich in a week. And, the shipping company is picking up my stuff this weekend. Just checked with the about what I cannot ship, and they say I cannot ship dog food (unopened), human food items even the dried ones, and any type of liquid/powder product for safety reasons and import regulations. After reading the forum about what to bring from the U.S., I planned to bring certain household items, so I am a bit confused. Any experiences? I can let go of everything else but wanted to ship food for my dog as she has allergies. The airline says I can bring them in on check in bags (including human food), but I can bring only so much on the plane.

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Re: Importing regulations?

I'm afraid I can't help much with import regs, but if you tell us what dog food you need we can let you know if it is available here.

But do consider bringing a small supply with you on the plane. You'll have so many settling-in issues to deal with, a pup with a 'food change' dodgy tummy is one you don't need along with all the rest.
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Re: Importing regulations?

I asked the moving company to check again, and they said shipping dog food is fine. They were just here to pack and load the truck, and I included the food

I tried to look for the same brand, but I couldn't find it. I will definitely ask the forum dog owners later about equivalent alternatives as her food run out. I am also guessing the vet could give me some recommendations?

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Re: Importing regulations?

Generally, the importation of animal origin products from outside the EU/Norway is prohibited:

2. Animal products (Goods of animal origin (including milk products, honey, seafood and pet food, amongst others))

You may import goods of animal origin for personal use from EU countries and Norway without being subject to controls by a border vet. The goods may not be put on sale.
The importation of goods of animal origin from other countries (e.g. Turkey) is generally prohibited.

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

However, there are exceptions for animal product imports considered as "personal luggage":

http://www.blv.admin.ch/themen/04670...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Importing regulations?

Glad to hear that you were able to ship a supply of your dog's food. One less thing that will demand your immediate attention as you settle in.

In the last few years we thankfully have much more choice here in Switzerland, especially in the niche markets.

But that said, we still don't have the range that is available in the U.S.

If your usual food isn't available hopefully there will be something similar, either in Switzerland or in the wider EU markets.


By the bye, have you been given all the info on what it takes to get your dog 'street legal' once you land? The ANIS registration, Gemeinde registration, the mandatory cantonal and/ or federal training classes?

Just pop on over to the Pets Corner with questions or if you need recommendations,


Good luck!
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Re: Importing regulations?

I know that the dog needs to go through the customs, be registered, seen by the vet, and I need to get a dog owner training - information I got from the 'pet corner' I shall to more thorough research on details once we arrive, and I am sure I will have tons of questions to ask! Thank you!
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Re: Importing regulations?

Is your dog vaccinated against rabies? Does your dog have a microchip? Does he have an animal Passport showing vaccinations?

You should do this quickly as there is a waiting time before the anti bodies are effective
(21 days after first rabies vaccination, but immediately if the refresher vaccine is within the validity of the last vaccine).

Does the dog have a docked tail? If so it needs import papers!

You don't have much time to do these necessary tasks before the dog flies here.

Our experience importing our dog from the US to Switzerland

Relocating a Dog from the USA

https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...652/index.html (No English translation, but your Vet can advise you)

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Re: Importing regulations?

Yes, I've did my research here, and she's microchiped, rabies vaccinated, and got her health certificate from usda, so she's good to go!
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