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Moving to Switzerland and not using shipping - Customs Question

Hi all,

I am moving to Switzerland with my partner and plan on bringing our belongings over by ourselves in order to avoid the cost of shipping companies.

I will be moving over first, a month early to start my new job. We don't plan on bringing any large items apart from our computer and my guitar.

I just wanted to check that there will be no problem doing this. The guitar and computer are not new and I have a receipt at least to prove the age of the computer but not the guitar.

I will be entering Switzerland by train. Are they fussy about bringing possessions other than basics across the border? I worry that they might think I am trying to bring new items in and trying to avoid tax. However, the items that I will be bringing don't look particularly new so hopefully this won't cause too many problems.

Any advice on this would be a great help. Thanks.

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Steve
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Old 26.04.2011, 14:40
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Hi all,

I am moving to Switzerland with my partner and plan on bringing our belongings over by ourselves in order to avoid the cost of shipping companies.

I will be moving over first, a month early to start my new job. We don't plan on bringing any large items apart from our computer and my guitar.

I just wanted to check that there will be no problem doing this. The guitar and computer are not new and I have a receipt at least to prove the age of the computer but not the guitar.

I will be entering Switzerland by train. Are they fussy about bringing possessions other than basics across the border? I worry that they might think I am trying to bring new items in and trying to avoid tax. However, the items that I will be bringing don't look particularly new so hopefully this won't cause too many problems.

Any advice on this would be a great help. Thanks.

Best Regards

Steve
I moved here with a computer and an electric guitar back in '86 (plus a motorcycle, but that was shipped).

No problems.

Tom
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Old 26.04.2011, 14:46
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Re: Moving to Switzerland and not using shipping - Customs Question

Are you having all this stuff crated up and sent as freight? Or is it just a couple of suitcases and a guitar?

You are allowed to bring in personal possessions duty free in the first year.

A couple of suitcases and a used guitar are not going to fuss them too much. If it is an electric guitar, leave the plug on the amp.
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Old 26.04.2011, 15:27
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Keep the Swiss papers handy to prove you are moving here. They might want to look in your bags etc. so try not to look guilty!
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Re: Moving to Switzerland and not using shipping - Customs Question

[QUOTE=p42;1178559]Are you having all this stuff crated up and sent as freight? Or is it just a couple of suitcases and a guitar?QUOTE]

I'm planning on bringing everything by hand. This is why I was concerned about being stopped as I cross the border and at the airport. I plan on making several trips by air and land to bring everything across.

I have receipts for a few things but hopefully they won't request them and make a fuss.
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I'm planning on bringing everything by hand. This is why I was concerned about being stopped as I cross the border and at the airport. I plan on making several trips by air and land to bring everything across.
Uhhh, I too planned on doing that... but once I was here, I then missed so many things (and wanted to buy hair conditioner that didnt cost the earth ) ended up filling my suitcase with clothes, books, lotions and potions, bits and pieces for the flat etc....So now, after 6 + trips home, am no better off, and need to get a van or something!
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Re: Moving to Switzerland and not using shipping - Customs Question

I think you have less to worry about doing it by hand if you are sensible. Non sharp valuables in hand luggage, heavy/sharp stuff checked. Don't bring all the valuables in one trip. I never lock my baggage. A cable tie is as secure as I go. I have had it opened for security baggage checks several times.

I would really like to hear from someone who had grief doing this. I moved my stuff without issue. The customs staff just "know" somehow.

I only had to "lie" at customs once. I was stopped going out from CH to Berlin by car at a small German border post (Koblenz) at 4am. Empty car. I said I was going to Berlin to get my books. I was told not to be stupid by the guard, and asked again. I replied I was going to Stuttgart, and was let through!
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Re: Moving to Switzerland and not using shipping - Customs Question

We did the same thing & it was no problem. We brought - 1st trip - cat,dog,saddle - no problems just checked that we had correct paperwork. 2nd trip I brought a full size keyboard - at customs they asked me to open & asked me if it was used but I did not have receipts or anything and they gave no issues. It was fairly new looking and in a brand new custom travel case. Now every time now we bring back more stuff (mainly clothes) but have not been checked since. Once here, we bought another expats flat of IKEA furniture (we found on EF!).

It worked out great for us.

I thought we still did not have much stuff until we had to move to a new flat and I had to box it all up
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