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Flying into Switzerland with lots of personal goods

Hi guys,

Quick question, I have been living in USA since 2014, Italian Citizen, if I decide to move to Switzerland, can I fly into it with all my personal goods that I have here in the US, about 5-6 big luggages, two bikes and some skis.

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Old 26.08.2019, 17:27
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Re: Flying into Switzerland with lots of personal goods

There is documentation required. And you'll need to declare it all at customs at the airport. It also will be quite expensive... unless you have some special arrangement with the airline...
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if I decide to move to Switzerland, can I fly into it with all my personal goods that I have here in the US, about 5-6 big luggages, two bikes and some skis.
Yes you can. You may wish to speak to Swiss customs in advance to find out the procedure for declaration.
Generally you do not have to pay Swiss VAT when entering Switzerland with used goods destined for personal use when moving here.

Moving to Switzerland: What do I need to know? https://www.ch.ch/it/trasloco-che-devo-sapere/

Importation into Switzerland https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/it/home...-svizzera.html

Moving (household effects) https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/it/home...trasloco-.html
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Re: Flying into Switzerland with lots of personal goods

Technically you can, you just have to pay a lot extra money, and some airlines have limit on the number of extra luggage you can bring.

I paid ~300 for bringing 2 extra luggages with me. Why not considering shipping them?
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Old 27.08.2019, 09:49
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Re: Flying into Switzerland with lots of personal goods

Shipping is your best policy - especially with bikes/skis. For luggage when I moved, I did carry about 4 very big luggage items with me.


I mean BIG luggage, i think people were laughing at me at the airport. But I paid extra for that.


Zurich Customs stopped me for basically a second (showed them my paper stating my visa was in process) and the shoed me through without looking in my bags. all good. should be the same for you.
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i think people were laughing at me at the airport.
Ignore them, you have the right to do what you want and there always be sad people like that hanging about.
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Shipping is your best policy - especially with bikes/skis. For luggage when I moved, I did carry about 4 very big luggage items with me.


I mean BIG luggage, i think people were laughing at me at the airport. But I paid extra for that.


Zurich Customs stopped me for basically a second (showed them my paper stating my visa was in process) and the shoed me through without looking in my bags. all good. should be the same for you.
Really? When I moved from Italy to the US, with Delta, the first luggage was free the second one 50$ and the other 100$, skis 100$ for 3 pairs and boots, and bikes 100$ each.

I thought shipping was way more than that? Who do you recommend using? And will I have to pay extra when I get it delivered?
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Really? When I moved from Italy to the US, with Delta, the first luggage was free the second one 50$ and the other 100$, skis 100$ for 3 pairs and boots, and bikes 100$ each.

I thought shipping was way more than that? Who do you recommend using? And will I have to pay extra when I get it delivered?
Well, I recently noticed that American will let you take up to 6 bags; the 1st is free, the second $100, and 3+ cost $200 per suitcase. Add another $100 each for the oversized baggage and it can get quite expensive. Crating a small amount of stuff and shipping it by boat is likely far less costly.
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