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Container Import Duty

My wife and I have moved to Zurich -- we've been staying in an extended hotel for now. We finally found a place to live with a move in date of May 15th.

I have a question about the one time import waiver. We're thinking about flying back to the States and buying all our furniture there and throwing it into our container... Is this allowed or do you have to have owned the furniture for a specific period of time? I know the time limit applies to cars... but I'm not sure of what else.

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Old 24.04.2013, 13:46
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My wife and I have moved to Zurich -- we've been staying in an extended hotel for now. We finally found a place to live with a move in date of May 15th.

I have a question about the one time import waiver. We're thinking about flying back to the States and buying all our furniture there and throwing it into our container... Is this allowed or do you have to have owned the furniture for a specific period of time? I know the time limit applies to cars... but I'm not sure of what else.

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The goods must have been owned for 6 months (actually, 6 months before you entered CH, not 6 months before you shipped them).

If it's a car, boat etc or something like that, they will check the documentation to verify. The same will apply if it's something expensive, like a picasso painting.

For household goods (clothes, pots and pans etc), it's often impossible to tell the age, and as the value is probably small and they won't check each item idividually, so you may get away with it. Moreover, may items that are 6 months old look the same as brand new ones.

But if it's obvious brand-new stuff, in original packaging, then they may decide to tax them as not older than 6 months.

(The only exception which probably doesn't apply, is if you got married recently, but whilst you were still resident abroad before moving to CH. In that case you can bring tax free the wedding gifts even if they are newer than 6 months. They have a different form for that )
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Re: Container Import Duty

Hmm okay thanks. It still may be cheaper to fly back and buy the furniture there. I guess I'll have to run the numbers.

I have 2 options for my stuff... hire a company to load up the container and ship it or fly back and pack the container myself. I think the $850 flight back to Atlanta will be cheaper, regardless if I decide to buy more furniture there
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Re: Container Import Duty

Given the move date of May 15th, why not just buy what you need here?
Shipping from the US in a container you won't get it here on time.

There are a ton of people leaving with things to sell....and give away. Prices are rock bottom and you would be helping out those leaving...not to mention saving a bundle and not buying new.

There are some EF members with vans and trucks who offer moving services, or you can go with a local mover.

If you want new, there are sales and good deals to be found. You just need to shop around.

Also, you don't need everything right away. In my experience it is sometimes better to see how things fit before adding more items, at least in my experience.
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