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Old 17.04.2019, 10:01
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Inheritance items shipped from the US

My father recently passed away and my brother is putting together a box of items from my father. These are a mix of items that I had given him over the years, as well as some small things that he wanted me to have. Nothing is of great value (the most valuable thing is a 5 year old ipad).

Can anyone advise which is the best way to go about shipping these to me?
- direct to Switzerland, but will I have to pay on the value of the contents?
- direct to Germany (I have a friend there who can receive boxes), but I don't know the German approach to customs

Is there some way of marking on the box that the contents are, essentially, my own possessions?

Thank you for any advice that you can give on this!
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Re: Inheritance items shipped from the US

You will have to have the sender make a customs declaration, which will include a reasonable estimate of the value of the goods. The fact that they are from an inheritance won't change anything. Customs makes the distinction between goods purchased (from Amazon for example) and gifts, and I would imagine that your case comes under the latter classification.
I don't see any point in sending the goods to Germany. They would have to be imported into Germany too and then into Switzerland.
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Re: Inheritance items shipped from the US

In theory you can import it tax and duty free.

See the information by Swiss Customs:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...property-.html

Unfortunately, I do not know how to proceed if it is shipped by postal courier.

Shipping to Germany, wont save you any thing as they charge 19% import VAT on the value over €22 plus duty if applicable and the value is over € 150
https://www.zoll.de/DE/Privatpersone...ngen_node.html
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Re: Inheritance items shipped from the US

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In theory you can import it tax and duty free.

See the information by Swiss Customs:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...property-.html

Unfortunately, I do not know how to proceed if it is shipped by postal courier.
That is a great link, thank you! I will give them a call and see if they have any further suggestions.
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Re: Inheritance items shipped from the US

Fly over and pick it up or ask somebody here to do it for you, you are well enough known for somebody to accept to do this for you
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In theory you can import it tax and duty free.

See the information by Swiss Customs:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...property-.html

Unfortunately, I do not know how to proceed if it is shipped by postal courier.

Shipping to Germany, wont save you any thing as they charge 19% import VAT on the value over €22 plus duty if applicable and the value is over € 150
https://www.zoll.de/DE/Privatpersone...ngen_node.html
I am sorry for your loss. I suggest you prepare a list of items, including the details that they are part of an inheritance and your relationship to the deceased. Have this document notarized. It is no problem to ship the items, and be sure to complete customs forms. It is duty free, but there could be a handling fee from customs.
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