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Sending personal effects and packaged foods to Switzerland?

I have looked around for ages, even on the Swiss Post website, but can't seem to find any kind of answer.

Do they charge customs/taxes if you send your own personal effects over to Switzerland? I mean things like clothes, shoes, books and household things like kitchen utensils.

I'm also thinking of shipping packaged foods over, which I know will be hard to find over there. Will they think I'm going to try to sell them and charge customs for that??
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Re: Sending personal effects and packaged foods to Switzerland?

There are plenty of threads about shipping private effects over: only do it when you move here, otherwise you will pay tax! They measure the amount by weight, including the packaging.

Sending food is difficult, it needs to be declared exactly, and the import should not be at all able to damage Swiss animals or wildlife. Smoked meat would not be acceptable, but spices are probably OK.
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Re: Sending personal effects and packaged foods to Switzerland?

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Re: Sending personal effects and packaged foods to Switzerland?

It may depend on how much you plan to ship. A pallet of cereal might not qualify as "personal effects." The jar of peanut butter, 2 boxes of mac and cheese and one box of cereal my mom sent wasn't even inspected.

Do think about how much you really, really need some things. When I first moved here, I was sure I would not find the same thing or a comparable alternative on a number of items, particularly foods. A few years on and there's very little from home (except clothes and medications) that is worth the hassle to bring over.
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