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Old 29.11.2019, 10:27
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Customs - calculating value of imported goods

So I've recently inherited amongst other bits and bobs, a nice looking but old industrial power drill. It's in the UK and I plan to bring it home to Switzerland in the coming weeks.

Whilst I'm there, I will also collect an industrial saw, currently dismantled, not guaranteed to work by its current owner, but I'm hoping I can reassemble it and repair it if needed.

In both instances, I don't know the current value of the items - the first is a discontinued product, I haven't been able to find an equivalent to it on ebay.co.uk or on ricardo.ch; and whilst it has value to me, I have no idea what to state on a customs declaration. The latter - I wouldn't even know where to start on valuing it from a parts perspective, as it also is a discontinued product, I haven't been able to find a parts list online, and I've not seen anything like it on ricardo.ch. I have seen old models on ebay.co.uk from time to time for £600, but I'm loathe to apply this value given that right now, I have no certainty that the thing even works, and I won't know until I get it assembled again.

Like a good little citizen, I reached out to the EZV folks, to explain the situation. Their first response was to refer me back to their website (which I've combed through multiple times and not found an applicable answer).

I've asked again, restating the full circumstances and the response has been
"We don’t have any lists of how to calculate a price for used goods.
You could possibly look it up on the internet for example how much you would still get for it."


So, are there any other EF'ers who've been in a similar situation?

Do I just travel back from the UK to the Swiss border with a car full of old industrial tools and plead ongoing ignorance? Do I make a random guess and pay a random amount and hope I'm right? Do I get it weighed as scrap metal currently, and checked if that alone is over the 300 chf limit?
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Re: Customs - calculating value of imported goods

An old drill (unless old in your eyes is like a 4 yr old big Hilti) and a set of parts. I would not bother declaring such.
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An old drill (unless old in your eyes is like a 4 yr old big Hilti) and a set of parts. I would not bother declaring such.
I agree. I quite frequently move tools and related equipment between our homes in France and CH, and have never once thought about either declaring it or using a small back route as I would if I was knowingly dodgy.

In other words I've always assumed that a quick "it's just some old tools I'm bringing over to do some work" would suffice. They're normally only going to be interested in stuff that they think you're going to be able to sell.
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Re: Customs - calculating value of imported goods

You should be able to import inherited items duty free. When you talked to them did you tell them it was an inheritance?

‘Inherited goods

Personal effects, household effects, vehicles and animals can be imported into Switzerland duty-free when a person resident in Switzerland inherits them. The prerequisite is that the deceased's last place of domicile must have been abroad.

Goods under an early inheritance can also be permitted duty-free.‘

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...itzerland.html
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You should be able to import inherited items duty free. When you talked to them did you tell them it was an inheritance?
Yes, fully advised but thanks for the link, I'll see if I get any more helpful answers from the authorities using that...
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Yes, fully advised but thanks for the link, I'll see if I get any more helpful answers from the authorities using that...
It involves a bit of paperwork as you need to prove the item(s)are inherited, and the details of the deceased, such as last place of residence, death certificate, as the inherited items must be imported within one year of the death date. Also, the items must be 6 months old.

In the link provided above, only the form is available in English, the complete rules do not appear to be available in English, just German, French, Italian.

If the items are for your own personal use and you are within the import limit I would not bother with the inheritance paperwork.
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