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Customs Duty on used items

Hi, we're moving to Switzerland in December and rather than fill my baggage allowance with heavy jerseys etc I was thinking of sending them ahead by post/courier which is cheaper than excess baggage charges. If everything in there is second hand clothing, plus table linen and patchwork quilts which I have made myself for myself, would I be subject to tax on this? Also, would this count as part of my 'tax-free' move of household stuff to Switzerland, which might have an impact on when we finally ship our household contents over?
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Re: Customs Duty on used items

Anything you owned for more than 6 months before your move is tax and duty free (certain limitation on alcohol).

Please see the very extensive information by Swiss customs on the subject:



I suggest to ship the stuff AFTER you got your Form 18.44 stamped (this one lists anything you wish to import and might import in the future with additional shimpments)

As you intend to ship them as parcels (Regular Post, DHL, UPS, FedEx etc.) the package will go through customs processing which is handled by themselves. The shipping provider may charge a processing fee, even if it is a tax and duty exempt import. Ask the Swiss representative of the shipping provider what this charges might be. If I am not mistaken post charges CHF 25, but could also be CHF 80.

More importantly the shipping documents must be in order. It should indicate that it is part of your move, maybe a copy of your stamped 18.44 and anything else what the shipment provider needs to clear it through customs.

Best, contact Swiss customs first and then your Shipping provider what all has to be done that it can go smoothly.

If anything fails you would have to pay 8% tax on the declared value + shipping cost. If the stuff is shipped from the EU normally no duty is due. Customs handling fee charged by the shipping provider may vary with Swiss post it is CHF 16.00 + 3% of declared value or less.
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Re: Customs Duty on used items

I'm hoping a lot of my questions regarding the particulars here will be answered by the relocation company but what's been unclear to me is just how itemized the list must be, and what do I need receipts for?

Obviously TVs, computers and the like, but what about clothing, furniture, kitchen supplies? Is there a de-facto value under which things don't need to be itemized and receipts provided, or do I need to list every sock I bring?

How are belongings handled for which I do not have a receipt -- either they're old, hand-me-downs, gifts, things bought with cash at markets etc?
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