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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

where do I get the 18.44 form from?
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Actually the page CB linked to does have a link to the 18.44 form .. but only on the German version. If you click to change the page into English, the 18.44 link disappears. Handy!

With a bit of luck, this link brings the form up directly.

If not, if you google "18.44" there's a link on the top page that comes up (in German ... but just click things until you get it. The form itself is in English as well as German).
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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

I have a related question: a few people on the forum mentioned the rule of "no food" among the household goods to be moved in a container by a moving company (moving from US to Switzerland). Does anyone know what exactly goes under food category, or where I can read about it in details?

I am kind of a foodie and have a collection of teas and spices. I also have a number of rare and difficult to find sugars, salts, etc. I can vacuum pack all of them. Does that mean food or they can go as kitchen items?

The moving guys asked not to pack liquids (I also have a few dozens of various vinagars), and I understand they are concerned about possible leakage. In any case, the vinegars will certainly spoil in a warm container.

I've tried to find any info related to it on the customs website, but they only mentioned that the provisions should be not of excessive amount, and restrictions on beverages with strong alcoholic content.

Thanks in advance for any tips and comments!

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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

Hi all, I have been in CH for nearly 4 years but for various reasons never moved my household good from UK. I would now like to move them. All my stuff is more then 1 year old. I do have some heavy items (sofas and piano, and lots of books). I was told I'd have to pay duty and tax. I cannot imagine the total cost of ALL my good can be more then 15,000 CHF (in their current state), however they are heavy! Could someone tell me how much tax and duty would be. Also I have a small 1L car in UK ( worth about 2500 UKP) almost 3 years old now, what do I need to do to get it in CH without incurring too much tax/duty. I clearly missed the 12 months grace!
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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

Hi dont know if it helps or not but we moved our entire house contents over here via Pickfords and unless it was included in the price I dont recall getting hit by any tax duties etc. It may be worth giving them an e mail. This company and Britannia removals are used extensilvely word wide by the forces and would definalty be able to help. I also know if you have a smaller load then it is much cheaper to have them delivered here becuase they add it onto an existing move. Cheers Caroline
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I have a related question: a few people on the forum mentioned the rule of "no food" among the household goods to be moved in a container by a moving company (moving from US to Switzerland). Does anyone know what exactly goes under food category, or where I can read about it in details?

I am kind of a foodie and have a collection of teas and spices. I also have a number of rare and difficult to find sugars, salts, etc. I can vacuum pack all of them. Does that mean food or they can go as kitchen items?

The moving guys asked not to pack liquids (I also have a few dozens of various vinagars), and I understand they are concerned about possible leakage. In any case, the vinegars will certainly spoil in a warm container.

I've tried to find any info related to it on the customs website, but they only mentioned that the provisions should be not of excessive amount, and restrictions on beverages with strong alcoholic content.

Thanks in advance for any tips and comments!

piglet
Did you ever get a response to this? I know it's a month late, but when we moved, all of our spices and teas were packed in a box with the rest of the kitchen stuff, and since everything was very tightly closed nothing spoiled. I believe that we labeled the box "kitchen utensils"
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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

Many thanks Caroline
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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

The moving guys asked not to pack liquids (I also have a few dozens of various vinagars), and I understand they are concerned about possible leakage. In any case, the vinegars will certainly spoil in a warm container.

I moved all my food and spices from the UK. Never mentioned. They did say no alcohol but I think some accidently got packed in my clothes !!!
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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

A newboy in this forum. We have recently gained B residency permits and are moving some stuff into Switzerland.

We have been coming to Switzerland for many years and I have always been very impressed by the availability of formal expert advice in English. For this thread the following link may prove helpful. It is in English.

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

I was guided to this link by an operator at +41 22 747 72 72 which is the Geneva customs office. She insisted on speaking French (also offered German) to understand my requirements and then explained the web site to me in close to perfect English.

The link to the form 18.44 from that page goes to a German version. There is no English version but if you would prefer French try

http://preview.tinyurl.com/6oanhj

This is a short URL which will show you the long URL for the PDF before going to it.

Hope that helps

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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

Quick related question :
if I buy stuff just before importing all my goods, I should pay Swiss VAT (and only VAT, no other taxes ?), right ?
But can I claim VAT back from the original country of recently-bought goods ?
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Thanks for the help so far!
However, I'm now filling in the 18.44, but some of the boxes are worringly blank as I don't have the information or I don't quite get what they want me to enter.
18.44 Form
I haven't got a residence permit yet, just the papers they give to get one when you register, so do I put in anything for that section, f'rinstance the number on the papers?
At the end (marked 'application for duty-free clearance'), I don't have a reference number. Also, I guess 'date and place' is where I am now, not the border crossing?
Scary stuff - I'm off early in the morning, so dear Mrs Boris will have to field this one...
If anyone can help, we'd really appreciate it!
Cheers,

Tony
Hi Colonol Boris,

Do you have an update on what happened at the border? I am in the same predicament you were in.... my work permit hasn't arrived yet although my work has supplied me with the application form that they sent. I have my apartment contract, employment contract and passport (obviously ) but I'm worried my work permit may not arrive before Friday as I'm driving my stuff over from the UK early hours Saturday morning.

Just wondering if this will give me hassle at Customs. I don't have anything to declare as none of my stuff is new, although I am thinking of buying my son a Wii to make the move a little easier on him .

I'd be interested to know how you got on or if anyone has had the same problem?

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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

Don't know what I was worrying about...

Got to the border, they asked if we needed a motorway pass, we said we didn't and they waved us through.

Easy as pie
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Furnishing a new house from abroad

I have recently built a house in Switzerland and am planning to bring new furniture (sofas, befs etc) and appliances (washing machines, TV etc) across from the UK to furnish it. Will I need to pay anything at the boarder in terms of tax?

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Old 13.06.2009, 12:45
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Re: Furnishing a new house from abroad

Yes, you will.
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Re: Furnishing a new house from abroad

We are moving there with all our house furniture. Most of it won't be new. I had heard that we won't need to pay tax in this instance. Cheers
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Re: Furnishing a new house from abroad

Sorry I thought you said "new" in your first post.

Yes, there is an allowance for first time move, upto 12 months I think from when you first come here, can be split into seperate lots.

Use the search here as this has been covered many times.
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Just don't pack any items of food or alcohol.
Hi Pepper,
why is it so?
On relocation you are allowed a certain amount of booze and of course you need to bring some food stuff from your home when relocating.
Why cannot that be packed in the boxes and labeled?

I am going to pack everything into boxes, label them and make a list. All domestic stuff is so old, that even without receipt nobody can say it is less than 6 months old.

thanks!
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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

So if I bring a new item in from the UK (less than 6 months) I will be charged swiss VAT at 7.6% but I can claim the Uk VAT back?
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Re: [Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

If I am moving my household goods in a van myself from the UK to Switzerland, do I need any forms or information if I am travelling through France? Or say at the Dover Calais crossing. Or is it just the 18.44 and residence permit at the Swiss border?

Thanks, Stephen
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If I am moving my household goods in a van myself from the UK to Switzerland, do I need any forms or information if I am travelling through France? Or say at the Dover Calais crossing. Or is it just the 18.44 and residence permit at the Swiss border?

Thanks, Stephen
unless your van is huge, you'll probably be waved through.

The French certainly won't give a stuff.
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