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Old 05.01.2011, 01:40
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purchasing goods outside Switzerland and returning

If I purchase or am given some items, i.e. carpet or laptop in the UK and return to Switzerland with these items, do I need to declare them upon re-entry into the country..

I can't see a reason why I would need to, but i'm not an expert in this field.

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Old 05.01.2011, 05:33
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If I purchase or am given some items, i.e. carpet or laptop in the UK and return to Switzerland with these items, do I need to declare them upon re-entry into the country..

I can't see a reason why I would need to, but i'm not an expert in this field.

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Some say yes, some say no..
When we moved over we had 4 pallets by truck and our jeep full of stuff, needles to say to avoid trouble we had to make pro forma invoices with detailed list of what was in what numbered box.

However if i drive over to my parents ( Belgium) and they have gifts for us, or i pick something up belonging to me, i don't bother stopping to declare it.
Last time they stopped us , and just had a quick look in the back, asked if the laptop was mine and that was it..

If you don't have 2 or more in the back, meaning you will sell them, then they are not so fussy.

If however you are not sure, just make a pro forma invoice to be sure , didn't have to pay tax as long if i stayed under 6000 Euro i believe.. but don't qoute me on it.

A quick EF search gave me the following result of other people having similar questions.. hope it helps :

Custom declaration, relocation

Customs Duty: Important to fill out a self declaration for cross border purchases

Declarations at customs

Declarations when sending personal possessions into Switzerland

Importing car from UK, need to declare at border?

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http://www.englishforum.ch/search2.p...port&logic=and
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Re: purchasing goods outside Switzerland and returning

There is a huge difference between goods you bring with you at the actual time (once) when you formally move to Switzerland (and declare as such), and things you bring later. It doesn't matter who actually paid for them, i.e. if they are a gift or not.

For goods you bring 'back' say after a visit to your homeland the limit is 300 SFr.
Excempt are your things you take with you out of Switzerland and bring back, i.e. things in your luggage like clothing, laptop etc. Same in reverse if you live outside Ch and are only bringing them in temporarily.

Otherwise the limit is SFR 300

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

So if you buy or are given a carpet or laptop in UK you WILL need to declare it if the total value of goods you bring in on that day is more than SFr 300 per person.

EDIT: Also there are limits on quantity of some goods, like spirits, wine etc, and also for 'protected' food and drink, like max 500g meat etc. See http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_privat/essen_trinken/00356/index.html?lang=en
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Otherwise the limit is SFR 300
And that limit applies only to goods imported when travelling back.

In case you send stuff via post/courier to Switzwerland VAT will be charged if and when the Swiss VAT exceeds 5 CHF. The value thresholds depends on the VAT rate of the goods (2.5% for e.g. books, standard 8% for other products). On top of that admin fees will be charged for the tax declaration process - there are tons of threads on this topic.
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Re: purchasing goods outside Switzerland and returning

Thanks for the reply's. I am surprised that the import limit on bringing new goods to Switzerland is so low.

I forgot to check the weight, and it's 33KG. How would you move that from the UK to Switzerland. There must be an easy solution when business class is 30KG max.
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Re: purchasing goods outside Switzerland and returning

I do want to point out that the 6000 Euro limit was on 4 pallets i brought in when moving over, that is transported per truck

300 Chf is correct when you bring personal or new items over in a car.
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