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Taking household effects from Switzerland to France

We have been living in Switzerland for 5 years+ and both hold B permits. We originally had a none furnished house and vacated in May, moving to a furnished apartment. Our household things were put into storage with a friend. We have just been asked to move everything as he needs the space and want to send all our stuff to our secondary residence in Normandy. We are NOT leaving Switzerland permanently. Does anyone know how easy this is froma customs perspective? All the stuff is used - can anyone give any guidance if we need to pay any duty on the Swiss or French side and what customs forms we need to complete. Additionally, anyone with good ideas about a firm who could efficiently do this? We have about 25-30 cubic metres, hardly any big stuff aside from a couple of sofas and a wardrobe etc, and nearly all books, clothes, glasses etc already packed in boxes. Thankyou M
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Re: Taking household effects from Switzerland to France

I seriously doubt the Swiss customs care about what you take with you. The French might want to know what's in your boxes and you'll have to deal with them. I asked around in my office, and a colleague of mine gave me the name of this firm called Schneider that did a move for a colleague who moved back to Paris about a year ago, and it all worked out very well. I cannot vouch for them, but at least there is 1 happy customer. Their website is probably this one: http://www.movingexcellence.com/

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Re: Taking household effects from Switzerland to France

Im in relocations, there will be no issues with the goods being moved to France and no duty to pay. Might need to pay duty on any new items if you move back and have had them less than a year, by that I mean socks and pants wouldnt matter, a Matisse might! In terms of companies I would like to recommend my own but dont know what the forum rules are about it, happy to work out a decent quote for you though? Just PM me details
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Im in relocations, there will be no issues with the goods being moved to France and no duty to pay. Might need to pay duty on any new items if you move back and have had them less than a year, by that I mean socks and pants wouldnt matter, a Matisse might! In terms of companies I would like to recommend my own but dont know what the forum rules are about it, happy to work out a decent quote for you though? Just PM me details
The OP is not relocating. He is importing stuff for a 2nd home, and the answer is here (French customs). Executive summary: OP has to pay both import duties and French VAT
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