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Old 05.11.2014, 02:01
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Re: Shipping from UK

Hi! Sorry if it's off topic, don't want to start a new thread. We're also moving from the UK to Switzerland and wondering whether really ALL goods bought less than 6 months ago should be declared. Should we make a list of shampoos, spoons, t-shirts, socks and all that small things or there is a value threshold? I can't find any detailed information on Swiss custom website / this forum. What is your experience?

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Re: Shipping from UK

We had a stress free move 18 months ago, listed all individual items plus 6 boxes labelled as containing small household items. Our movers advised that they only had problems when wine etc was included, even within the limit.

Good luck- but I'm sure it will be fine. Just abide by the regulations and the Swiss will love you!
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Old 05.11.2014, 07:51
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Re: Shipping from UK

Heres our notes on our move from UK to CH ...
For ALL the customs and packing lists write and then print these from a PC, NOT by hand.
Then it is much easier and more relaxed if Customs want to check any item.
DO label every box, and make sure the packing list is correct for every box.
Try and avoid bringing any alcohol / tobacco.
Have a combined packing list for the shippers, AND put individual packing lists into each box.
Try and list EVERY item, but don't be too pedantic.
DONT use words like 'valuable' or 'antique' or 'collectors'.
If you do have valuable items, then consider shipping these separately, and insured for there individual cost. Assume the main shipment could be lost / late / damaged.

At the end, if poor Mr Customs man opens your shipment on a Friday afternoon, and he sees a neat ordered list with ordinary household items, maybe does a spot check on 1 box, which is easily identified from the list, finds a second individual box packing list, and one or two items are there in the box exactly as the packing list says. Then he will be much more likely to pass your shipment straight away, and go home for the weekend !!!

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Re: Shipping from UK

Thank you, it's very helpful! We've done this already except individual packing lists and avoiding alcohol (we have one box of assorted half empty bottles). My only concern is goods less 6 months old. I saw on this forum that some people declared books and toys. I don't mind paying custom duties, but I really don't remember when we bought what... Wouldn't a customer officer randomly pick up an item asking when did we buy it? We're are bringing out stuff ourselves with a van, so it's a good chance to interrogate the owners...
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Hi! Sorry if it's off topic, don't want to start a new thread. We're also moving from the UK to Switzerland and wondering whether really ALL goods bought less than 6 months ago should be declared. Should we make a list of shampoos, spoons, t-shirts, socks and all that small things or there is a value threshold? I can't find any detailed information on Swiss custom website / this forum. What is your experience?

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I have just finished shipping all my boxes. This is what I did (worked for me, may not work for everyone) -

1. I used parcels2go.com and booked the boxes for shipping.

2. I filled out everything online ( I used parcelforce, so they printed their own labels).

3. I filled out a 18.44 form from here - http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri..._JjKbNoKSn6A--

4. I attached an 18.44 with copies of residence permit, list of boxes (with what is inside), copy of rental contract to one of the boxes.

Now, when the boxes arrived, they came in two batches and the 18.44 wasn't even looked at. So, I called up customs and they said that "In case you get charged, we can refund." I fortunately didn't get charged but they did open 6 boxes.

Hi, and thank you for your very useful information. Recently i came to Switzerland but some of my personal items are still in UK in a self-storage company. I packed them, weight them and measure the dimensions and i have a few questions:
a)I did not keep record what it is inside every box. Would it be major problem if i give a general list without specifying in which box i have the items ?

b)I tried to check the procedure booking with parcel2go and at some point they ask details regarding the VAT. They give options for VA stautus a)personal individual, b) company not VAT register, c) company VAT register.
Then they ask Reason for Export: a) sale/purchase b) gift, c)sample, d) repair, e) document, f)intra company transfer

at the end the give a video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXUU0trLpmU
to help you filling the form. At the end of the video they state '' no items should be declared as personal effects''.

Any thoughts for these issues?


Many thanks and happy Christmas to everyone!!
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Re: Shipping from UK

Avoid these guys on all cost they took two weeks to delivery our furniture. http://www.wilsonremovalssouthampton.co.uk/about-us/ Next time i am planning to hire a van from Euro Van hire rather than chasing a removals company.
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