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Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

It is very likely that my family will finally have the opportunity to move to Switzerland.

One thing we are uncertain of is how much food we can bring along.

As my wife is Japanese, we want to bring a good start of many Japanese items, which apparently are difficult to obtain in Switzerland.

What duty or limitations are there on bringing food for personal consumption as part of our move?

Thanks so much to all for your help.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food?

This should help:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

I guess I figured there might some different rule for food for personal consumption as part of a move, but it does make sense to refer to the duty free limitations for food importation.

Just to be clear... Assuming we will have none of the sensitive commodities (we are talking mostly sauces and seasonings) is there a hard duty free limit on food stuffs of 300 chf, with all above that amount subject to a 2.5% VAT (at bottom of link page)?

Frankly, a 2.5% VAT is very reasonable. I am pleasantly surprised.

Funny I don't see rice on the list anywhere.

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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

Are you moving from Japan?

If I were you, I'd write a note to the customs. They are generally very helpful. Let them know what you want to bring and the quantities as part of your household move and they should tell you how to proceed.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

We are not moving from Japan but from the U.S.

Thanks for the idea of engaging the customs officials directly. We will definitely do that.

But the reason for my initial inquiries is to avoid bringing substances which are banned or perhaps where the duty is prohibitive.

Thanks to an earlier post, I think there is little we are bringing which is a worry, so I will definitely engage the appropriate officials upon my entry.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

That's too bad I was going to ask you to bring me some fabric from Japan. Oh well.

Yes. Customs will be the ones that will know what is banned or not. Just lay it out like you did here. But do tell them you are moving for the US not Japan. The could make a difference.

Anyway, you should also check with the Japanese stores in Switzerland to see if they have what you want and if the price makes it worth bringing over or not.

Good luck with your move.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

Hopefully we will have a relocation specialist, who can answer details about what is banned before we get there. As we don't want to bring things that will get binned right off, we would like to know some general dos and don'ts.

I understand your point on moving from Japan. Thank God we don't have any of those problems.

So far, from discussions with Japanese in the area, selection if Basel is very thin. There is a store which a nice man who sent me a link to a small (but Japanese!) grocery store. My hope is to bring a good start, so my wife can work the area to find most of what she needs.

Thanks to all for your help.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

By the way, in what kind of fabric are you interested? I am not sure if I can do anything at all, but I am willing to look into it a bit.
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Hopefully we will have a relocation specialist, who can answer details about what is banned before we get there. As we don't want to bring things that will get binned right off, we would like to know some general dos and don'ts.

I understand your point on moving from Japan. Thank God we don't have any of those problems.

So far, from discussions with Japanese in the area, selection if Basel is very thin. There is a store which a nice man who sent me a link to a small (but Japanese!) grocery store. My hope is to bring a good start, so my wife can work the area to find most of what she needs.

Thanks to all for your help.
Oh... No! Don't expect that the relocations agent will know anything super complicated or intricate. You won't go wrong casually double checking these special issues yourself.

There are stores in Lausanne & Geneva as well. There is quite a big Japanese supermarket in Brussels. (Not sure how much that will help you! lol. )

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By the way, in what kind of fabric are you interested? I am not sure if I can do anything at all, but I am willing to look into it a bit.
Sigh. You don't even want to ask me that question!

I'm zakka & kawaii obsessed and love mini things. All fabrics will find a use, zakka craft books/magazines are always excepted even used and battered, cute tiny things will find a home & anything from this store if you want to send me a birthday present!
http://shinzikatoh.com.

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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

http://www.nishishop.ch/ is THE spot for Japanese food. If you want to order in bulk, please ask. My friend got her rice that way.

Located in Zurich, off Autobahn, an hour away from Basel.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland: Bringing Japanese Food [Duties / Excise limits]

I would only bring some of the more special sauces, rice shouldn't be on the list as you'll surely find a variety of Japanese rice here. But I wouldn't generally worry too much about it, more problematic would be meat, alcohol, everything else, especially if not brought in bulk quantities shouldn't be a problem.
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