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Hello

I'm a Japanese woman with a Swiss fiance, will be moving to Zurich next year.

I'm preparing already (hahaha, I guess I'm so Japanese!) and wanted to "stock up" necessities to ship in either boxes or a container.

As far as I know, belongings should be 6mo old and used to avoid tax at the border.

Was this really the case for you?
If I ship bottles of ibuprofen which is NEW and SEALED, or never worn clothing with tags still attached (never worn but bought more than 6mo beforehand) do they go through the box/container and check they are new or not?

I'd appreciate your actual experiences.

Thank you!
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Old 18.04.2011, 19:12
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Re: shipping belongings when move: what was your custom experience?

My actual experience was that nobody cared, the boxes were not even opened or checked.

You said you have a Swiss fiance, are you maybe moving after the marriage? In this case, there is another customs exemption, wedding trousseaux, that you can use that allows you to also bring new items tax-free, see here http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: shipping belongings when move: what was your custom experience?

Don't think that nothing is check just because it's not opened. Often things are x-rayed.

I don't think people will bother with sealed bottles of ibuprofen. But how much are planing to bring? They do expire so unless you use alot you should probably not bring tons of it.

As for clothes with tag on it, that will probably not be seen on the x-ray, but why not just cut off the tags? Do you need the tags?

The thing is if they have find a reason to open one of your boxes they could very well open the whole shipment. And in that case you could find yourself with a customs bill. Best to avoid giving them a reason to open your shipment.
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My actual experience was that nobody cared, the boxes were not even opened or checked.

You said you have a Swiss fiance, are you maybe moving after the marriage? In this case, there is another customs exemption, wedding trousseaux, that you can use that allows you to also bring new items tax-free, see here http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
OMG I didn't know about trousseaux. I have to take look at... not that we can afford bringing lots of new stuff anyways but you never know...

Thanks for sharing your experience
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Don't think that nothing is check just because it's not opened. Often things are x-rayed.

I don't think people will bother with sealed bottles of ibuprofen. But how much are planing to bring? They do expire so unless you use alot you should probably not bring tons of it.

As for clothes with tag on it, that will probably not be seen on the x-ray, but why not just cut off the tags? Do you need the tags?

The thing is if they have find a reason to open one of your boxes they could very well open the whole shipment. And in that case you could find yourself with a customs bill. Best to avoid giving them a reason to open your shipment.
X-Ray.. that as much I figured and I totally agree that nothing should be suspicious to avoid further check. And no, I'm not bringing half dozen 200pill bottles or anything

thank you for your tips!
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Re: shipping belongings when move: what was your custom experience?

Indeed in many places ALL boxes are x-rayed. Regarding the Ibuprofen it depends how much are you bringing in - 5 years supply would hardly be personal use . I would never leave 'price tags' on items when dealing with customs. Lets say you have 20 boxes and one of them has clothes with tags on it you can expect all the boxes to be opened and scrutinised. If they have no tags and its all personal use - then no problems.
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Re: shipping belongings when move: what was your custom experience?

We did not have any issues. We shipped a bunch of boxes. As everyone else has said, as long as it is "reasonable" then it will be OK. Just ensure that you write "Persönliche effekten" on the boxes. Also, fill out the decleration forms with "approximate value", which on "used" items is nominal. (We put $100, etc.)

Clothing and most other items are OK. Tags should be removed, but it does not matter unless you are bringing in tons of clothes... As long as they look used no problem.

As far as medications, the "offical" statement is 30 days supply per person. But as previously stated, as long as it is reasonable, they won`t care. Mecines are highly regultated here, however if you bring a couple of "Wal-Mart" industrial size bottles, you will be OK.

The only boxes they went through were ones with electronics. So ensure that you pack these seperately if you are bringing any. Most electronics you probably won`t bring anyway. Ensure they are "dual-voltage" or at elast can run on 220V/230V.

Good luck with the move.
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Lex: Thank you! Very good advice on price tag. I will remove them. With it, it's like telling the custom "charge me, charge me"

CMIRSKY: Whoa, thank you. It is really interesting because other people posted that the custom is highly sensitive to electronics. You underlined that. I might only take a laptop, 6y old flatscreen display for TV (it says it can do PAL and I can find the power converter dedicated to it,) dual voltage hairdryer, my $$$ rice cooker (will get high-wattage transformer for that!) external HD.

I don't think if it's worth bringing other electronics (printers, desktop computer, cordless phones, kitchen electronics, sound system, DVD player etc) Me think
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