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Moving my own furniture from abroad to Basel. What to expect at the border?

I recently moved from Holland to Basel. As I get the 26th the key of my apartment, my friends will drive from Holland to Basel with two vans to bring my stuff (furniture, clothes, tv, pc, etc). What can they expect when crossing the border to Switzerland. I am aware of the fact that they need a Vignet to enter Switzerland. Can they bring everything to my place without trouble?

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I recently moved from Holland to Basel. As I get the 26th the key of my apartment, my friends will drive from Holland to Basel with two vans to bring my stuff (furniture, clothes, tv, pc, etc). What can they expect when crossing the border to Switzerland. I am aware of the fact that they need a Vignet to enter Switzerland. Can they bring everything to my place without trouble?

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I would make an inventory of all the items that you are shipping
at least a high level inventory. It is important that you appear
organized. Chances are, that nothing will be checked, but it
is important to "appear organized".

A friend of mine crossed the border at midnight in Basel, and the
border agents made them unload the whole freakin' van.
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Re: Moving my own furniture from abroad to Basel. What to expect at the border?

Why not do it properly by filling the relevant forms to present at customs. Boxes of stuff do not have to have everything written on, but labelled as 'kitchen utensils and cookery books' 'DIY tools' 'books and files' etc. You may well not be asked for any of this, but if you do, be prepared.
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I recently moved from Holland to Basel. As I get the 26th the key of my apartment, my friends will drive from Holland to Basel with two vans to bring my stuff (furniture, clothes, tv, pc, etc). What can they expect when crossing the border to Switzerland. I am aware of the fact that they need a Vignet to enter Switzerland. Can they bring everything to my place without trouble?

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There's no need to second guess any of this.

The form you need to fill in is here on this page. Form 18.44.

On the same page, there's a PDF which explains how to compile your inventory and how to describe each item or set of items.


Having said that, they may not check but then you may have to unload if you don't have the paperwork.
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Re: Moving my own furniture from abroad to Basel. What to expect at the border?

Of course they need to stop (on their own, not in case they are stopped) and declare the stuff at the customs, giving in a completed form 18.44.

There is nothing to pay. But if they dont then they are liable of tax of 8% of the total value (EVEN if the stuff was yours and pre-owned!)
[That is not the fine - It's just the import taxes, as by not filling the form you agreed that you want to pay tax on it]
So why risk it? The do stop people if they see lots of expensive stuff in the back of the car!


You also need an inventory in English (a list of bullet points on the contents of each box, eg box1: plates and cutlery, box2: tv).

And they must cross the border together (all your goods enter into Switzerland at the same time).

See here:
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

Under "hosehold effects moving", the form is in English at the right of the screen.
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Re: Moving my own furniture from abroad to Basel. What to expect at the border?

I also live in Basel and I received my goods two weeks ago. KHZ was the moving company and they used Rheinfelden as the entry point. I had two problems with the customs tough.

Moving company has the scanned version of my 18.44 form. They asked the original one. Second problem was the rental contract. When I first provided that document I was staying at the flat company provided me and lease was for 3 months. They told me it was expired. I sent the new contract, and half an hour later they released my goods from the customs.
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