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Old 21.09.2020, 13:10
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Extending the 2-year tax-free import because of Covid

Anyone done/tried to do this?

I moved here July 2018, my wife followed Jan 2019. We weren't sure how long we'd stay initially, so left our furniture in UK storage. As such, we have never done our import of personal/household goods. We decided we were definitely here for the long term in the first quarter of the year and planned to go get the furniture in June. Obviously when Covid hit, that was delayed. With the current state of the UK, I doubt we'll be going back now before our (well, my wifes') two years is up.

Anyone know where to find any info out there on whether an extention is possible? My googling hasn't come up with anything, so I guess I'll have to go upto the import office by the airport, but thought I'd ask on here first if anyone is in the same situation?

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Re: Extending the 2-year tax-free import because of Covid

We were in a similar position, moving from Italy first, and then, once we'd moved within CH and my partner had a new post, importing all the belongings that had been in storage in the UK - after 4 years. So we were well past the 2 year limit. I included my partner's new work contract, our new rental contract, and a cover letter for the removal company to explain the situation to customs. I don't know what happened (whether they checked the load or saw my documents or not at the border) but we did not have to pay import tax. We might just have been lucky. The removal company had the value of everything they transported to us listed on an inventory, so that an import fee could have been calculated. I just did as much as was easily possible to explain our situation. I couldn't find an official way around the problem, despite researching it beforehand.
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Re: Extending the 2-year tax-free import because of Covid

I don't believe there is a fixed "two year rule" but rather you should do it "within reasonable time". The longer you leave it, the harder it might be to convince customs that the stuff is in fact personal goods owned for more than 6 months prior to initial move to Switzerland.
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Re: Extending the 2-year tax-free import because of Covid

Actual rule is Art. 14 Abs. 2 ZV
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Das Übersiedlungsgut ist im zeitlichen Zusammenhang mit der Wohnsitzverlegung einzuführen. Allfällige Nachsendungen sind bei der ersten Einfuhr anzumelden. Steht der Einfuhr des Übersiedlungsgutes ein Hindernis entgegen, so kann die Zollbefreiung nach Wegfall des Hindernisses gewährt werden.

The household effects must be imported in chronological relationship with the transfer of residence. Any subsequent consignments must be declared at the first import. If there is an hindrance to the import of the household effects, exemption from duty can be granted after the obstacle is removed.
Customary is that imports within two years of taking up residency can be done without any problems and longer time periods would need an explanation and good reason.
See also:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...val-goods.html
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