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Trying to figure out how to move my stuff to Switzerland...

Hello, I am living in Basel since almost 5 years and I was not supposed to do so. This is why I left a lot of personal items in my house in Italy, thinking I would move back there very soon. Now I definitely decided to sell the flat in Italy and to bring all my stuff in Switzerland. This basically means lots of clothes, tons of books, maybe some small furniture. I guess I will manage to convince a friend of mine to help me with a small van, but I am wondering if there is some risk to be stopped at the border. Is there some "time window" by which I should have brought my personal items to Switzerland after I got the B permit? I will not be able to demonstrate that all the stuff is pretty old, of course, even though it will be kind of obvious. So my question is: do you guys anticipate I will have problems at the border? Should I be present, or give a declaration/ something to the friend moving my stuff? What is the worse thing that can happen? I mean, I can pay, if necessary, as long as my stuff arrives to Basel!
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Old 26.03.2011, 19:19
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Re: Trying to figure out how to move my stuff to Switzerland...

Hmm. Soliciting smuggling advice are we. 8-)

You need to import everything within the first year of being officially resident here, to be exempt.

Perhaps you could make a full list of contents, numbering boxes, etc. That might simplify things if you are stopped.

If there is some dispute, I wonder if you have the option to turn your van round and head back, or is it too late then?

Would be very interested to know what happens for a load of household stuff like this.
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Re: Trying to figure out how to move my stuff to Switzerland...

Hi, when you decide to fully move with your stuff to Switzerland, you need to declare it at the customs as far as I know. I would check with the Swiss customs authorities (www.ezv.admin.ch), their site is in italian as well, this should help
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Re: Trying to figure out how to move my stuff to Switzerland...

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Is there some "time window" by which I should have brought my personal items to Switzerland after I got the B permit?
18 month after you "moved your home here" ie you registered to Control of habitants thing.

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http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=it
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Re: Trying to figure out how to move my stuff to Switzerland...

At worst you would be paying 8% MWSt on the lot. You would definitely need to be there when importing them. If you cross at a large border, the agent on the south side would help you complete the forms for about CHF 30. You need to make an inventory of each box and place a second hand value on every numbered box.

There are plenty of border crossings near Basel, why not ask them for advice?
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