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getting your belongings out of Switzerland without paying 'zoll'?

Hi,

Myself and the missus are taking some time off to go travelling, and need to get all of our belongings out of Switzerland and into storage while we're away. The missus will retain her C permit while we're gone, and the plan is to bring everything back to CH, when we eventually return to Europe.

Ideally we'd like to take everything to Germany and store it with my parents-in-law, but we keep hearing about 'zoll' and how we might need to be registered with a Germinde there , and then apparently it could be difficult to bring our things back to Switzerland, when we return.

Does anyone know how this all works, as I havent a clue?

Has anyone else been in this situation, and managed to get your things out, without being stung for 'zoll'?

Would it be better to take our things to the UK?

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Re: getting your belongings out of Switzerland without paying 'zoll'?

Try speaking with the customs/border control people. Maybe they have a suggestion for you.
Logically, there should be a "certificate" that they give you proving that you took out all the stuff for storage, which you show while re-importing it. All used things should anyway not attract any import tax.
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Try speaking with the customs/border control people. Maybe they have a suggestion for you.
Logically, there should be a "certificate" that they give you proving that you took out all the stuff for storage, which you show while re-importing it. All used things should anyway not attract any import tax.
All the best!
Yeah the missus has done this, and spoken to a moving company we're using, but she's been getting some mixed messages. There must surely be some way around it, hopefully we can make some kind of 'declaration' that they are personal effects.....
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Re: getting your belongings out of Switzerland without paying 'zoll'?

Try to talk direclty to the Customs, a moving company will always try to make money... so a direct approach might be cheaper - do you intend to move the stuff over to Germany on your own or will you employ them?

As for the customs duty, usually this is not levvied on goods used at least 6 months by yourself, but not sure since you are not actually moving to Germany.... I am sure they have some process for this though...
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Try to talk direclty to the Customs, a moving company will always try to make money... so a direct approach might be cheaper - do you intend to move the stuff over to Germany on your own or will you employ them?
We'll use a German moving company to take all of our things to Germany - so I suppose we need to make sure they have all the correct paperwork, so we have no nasty surprises further down the line.

When my girlfriend spoke to customs, the person she spoke to behaved as though she were asking advice on how to defraud the system .
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Re: getting your belongings out of Switzerland without paying 'zoll'?

Not sure where the Zoll you spoke to was based. Whenever I need customs information I always call the following Headquarters number +41 313 226 511.
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Not sure where the Zoll you spoke to was based. Whenever I need customs information I always call the following Headquarters number +41 313 226 511.
Called them. They said that the problem isn't the Swiss border, they don't care what you're taking out - its the German border who want to know what you're bringing in.

It seems like there are two options:

a) register in Germany, then show the paperwork when crossing the border, or send it on afterwards.

b) don't do this, then all of our things will be given a value, and everything over 300EUR we will be charged 19% on.

I wonder if things are different in terms of 'registering', if you're going to the UK.

Hmmmm.
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Re: getting your belongings out of Switzerland without paying 'zoll'?

Before you register in Germany, you must de-register from Switzerland. That has a string of consequences on residence-permit, health insurance, etc. Maybe simpler for you to rent some storage space in CH.
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Called them. They said that the problem isn't the Swiss border, they don't care what you're taking out - its the German border who want to know what you're bringing in.
In that case try the German Zoll information line on +49 (0)351/44834530. You will be required to use an agent on the border and complete a T1 or T2 form (your removal company should do this for you). You would still be required to follow this procedure if moving to the UK or any other EU country.

As for moving your belongings back to Switzerland, all you ought to have to do is complete a form 18.44 along with a complete list of items and proof of residence etc. Good luck
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