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Old 05.09.2012, 22:18
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Importing personal stuff, lots of questions sorry..

ok, i have done some research but would like to summaries my position on how i understand a personal import should happen
Basically the plan is to rent a van from Sixty, driving it from Zurich to Suffolk via channel tunnel (van will be empty).
loading the van with my stuff and possibly putting my back out on lifting the slate bed pool table then after visiting friends for couple if days driving it back again. This time using Freight service eurotunnel along with all the prostitute murdering lorry drivers
Going to drive the Belgium route instead of the highway/toll in France which i believe is a bit cheaper and maybe an hour longer, im guessing 9 hours Calais to the Zurich border.

Which leads me onto alot of questions

Soooo
i would have already filled out a 18.44 form and have a list of items that i am bringing over in as much details as i can.
I am assuming i do not need to notify anyone in advance on my import, just turn up with the 18.44 and a list of 'stuff' (plus b permit, rental contract, job contract and inside leg measurement)
The smiling jolly customs man then goes over my van using a very small tooth comb and charges me tax on the pubic hair i failed to declare.
i then drive home, get cornish pasty(yes rich thats you) to help unload the stuff and put his back out on the pool table. job done.
Now i dont speak or read any german (and to be honest im not much good at English either) so the offical web site is a bit of a mystery to me, however with the help of google translate it seems the times you can go through the customs is 7.30 to 5.00, which is a pain as i live around 12-13 hours door to door away meaning apart from a 3 oclcock start and praying for no traffic and a fast freight service through the tunnel, i wont make it in time.
Are any of them manned later for the customs duty?
If not i could leave in the afternoon then stop off for the night somewhere in Europe, which makes me nervous leaving my worldly belongings in a hired van in a public car park (given the size of vans i dont suppose any will fit in secrured parking that tends to be underground)
Any recommendations as to where to stay, just need to put my head down for 6 hours or so with the van relatively safe not too far off my route.
How have people done this in the past from England??
I dont want to go back to customs the next day as it would mean having to rent the van for another day at chf200 a day so i would prefer to avoid it if possible.
another issue for me is that this is my second move of stuff, the first was only basic items such as bike and xbox (you know the essentials ) that was done by a moving company.
I made it clear to them another larger load would be needed and recently asked them if they ticked the partial move box to which they didn't directly reply and just said it shouldn't be a problem. :/
Can i ask the customs what they have on record before i bring my stuff over so i know what to expect re tax on importing the goods, and can kick off the issue with the removal firm before hand,
Huge post i know, but if you haven't fallen asleep by now reading it, is there anything i have missed out that i should think about/doing in preparation?
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