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Relocation... Import tax

Hi all,

I have accepted a job in Switzerland (zug area) about 5 weeks ago and will be moving out in just under 4 weeks now.

The question I have is that I have only known about me going for 2 months and the stuff I am reading about moving my stuff across says that I have to have had the stuff I want to import for over 6 months. But between 2 months and ago and the 6 months cut off I have been buying things as I was expecting to stay in the uk.

I'm sure it would be ok but I just wanted to make sure that I'm not going to be stung with some import tax because of this?

Hope that makes sense?

What do ythink? Are their customs very strict with personal belongings or is it just for the big things like cars etc that they are funny about?

Ed
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Hi all,

I have accepted a job in Switzerland (zug area) about 5 weeks ago and will be moving out in just under 4 weeks now.

The question I have is that I have only known about me going for 2 months and the stuff I am reading about moving my stuff across says that I have to have had the stuff I want to import for over 6 months. But between 2 months and ago and the 6 months cut off I have been buying things as I was expecting to stay in the uk.

I'm sure it would be ok but I just wanted to make sure that I'm not going to be stung with some import tax because of this?

Hope that makes sense?

What do ythink? Are their customs very strict with personal belongings or is it just for the big things like cars etc that they are funny about?

Ed
Congratulations on the new job, and welcome to Switzerland.

Strictly speaking, yes you may be liable to pay tax on stuff bought recently but if these are not high-value items and are packed into a removal truck, then no one will know. From what I remember, you will have to complete some forms, and a customs declaration etc so this is where you have the choice of being legal or not.

That said, you could actually benefit by being honest as you will be entitled to claim back the 20% VAT paid in the UK. But you have to do this at the individual places you bought the goods, so you may consider this more hassle than it's worth.

With cars, you can't do much because of the need to register vehicles and have them inspected etc. But a computer, TV etc? You'll be OK.
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Congratulations on the new job, and welcome to Switzerland.

Strictly speaking, yes you may be liable to pay tax on stuff bought recently but if these are not high-value items and are packed into a removal truck, then no one will know. From what I remember, you will have to complete some forms, and a customs declaration etc so this is where you have the choice of being legal or not.

That said, you could actually benefit by being honest as you will be entitled to claim back the 20% VAT paid in the UK. But you have to do this at the individual places you bought the goods, so you may consider this more hassle than it's worth.

With cars, you can't do much because of the need to register vehicles and have them inspected etc. But a computer, TV etc? You'll be OK.
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Well said.
If they catch you, just say so-and-so from the English Forum said it....they will wink and let you pass....
Haha noted

Thing is some stuff is still in its original packaging in opened.. Like flat pack furniture. I assume if I open it and then put it back I could wing it some what lol

a removal company provided by the company is dng the actual moving so I assume this form I would have to fill before they leave with my belongings?

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Have you considered selling your unopened /hardly used stuff there and buy it new here?
Our experience was (moving from Hungary) that it was not worth to move furniture here. Lots of hassle, money, rent of van, driving it back, unpack, phhhhh ! Better to sell it there and buy it here (new/Ricardo/EF).
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Have you considered selling your unopened /hardly used stuff there and buy it new here?
Our experience was (moving from Hungary) that it was not worth to move furniture here. Lots of hassle, money, rent of van, driving it back, unpack, phhhhh ! Better to sell it there and buy it here (new/Ricardo/EF).
The company is kindly transporting all our good for us free of charge
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Re: Relocation... Import tax

I shipped a whole container of household stuff from outside the EU, and my container was never even inspected by the customs...I don't think import taxes are something to worry about.
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