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Importing stuff which is less than 6 months old

If I buy stuff (furniture) in France just before importing all my goods, I should pay Swiss customs tax (which equals to VAT of 7.6%), right ?

But can I claim VAT back from the original country (France, 19.6%) of recently-bought goods ? What should be the process in that case : should I come back to the French shop with a stamp from the customs ? Does the shop then reimburse me ?

Or are the rules different when importing vs. buying abroad after already living in Switzerland ?

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Re: Importing stuff which is less than 6 months old

If I buy stuff (furniture) in France just before importing all my goods, I should pay Swiss customs tax (which equals to VAT of 7.6%), right ? Yes, when you buy the good, it is good to
let the shop where you buy it know you are importing it to
Switzerland. They will give you a form which Suisse will stamp.

But can I claim VAT back from the original country (France, 19.6%) of recently-bought goods ? Correct

What should be the process in that case : should I come back to the French shop with a stamp from the customs ? Does the shop then reimburse me ? Just get the stamp from customs, and go back to
the store where you bought it. They will give you a stamp.

Or are the rules different when importing vs. buying abroad after already living in Switzerland ? I don't think it makes a difference when you
import it. It makes more of a difference of how long you have
owned the object.

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Re: Importing stuff which is less than 6 months old

Super cool to have such a quick reply (as usual on EF I should say !).

Thanks for the precise answers. So I would be advised to actually declare everything I just bought in France e.g. pair of skis, shoes, some furniture before going through customs in the next few weeks, considering the VAT difference, if I understand correctly ?

Oh but in fact, I had not thought of asking for the form in the French shops I went to - I guess this is something that some shops do not necessarily agree to do (administrative hassle).

When going back to the shop with the stamped form, it is actually the shop that reimburses me the VAT ?

Thx again !
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Super cool to have such a quick reply (as usual on EF I should say !).

Thanks for the precise answers. So I would be advised to actually declare everything I just bought in France e.g. pair of skis, shoes, some furniture before going through customs in the next few weeks, considering the VAT difference, if I understand correctly ?

Oh but in fact, I had not thought of asking for the form in the French shops I went to - I guess this is something that some shops do not necessarily agree to do (administrative hassle).

When going back to the shop with the stamped form, it is actually the shop that reimburses me the VAT ?

Thx again !
Yes. the shop itself will reimburse the VAT.
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