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Importing my collection - need some advice!

Hello,

first of all i apologize if this isn't the right place to talk about this but as it relates to the government/permits i thought i should start it here. If the moderator thinks it's not the best place for it, please feel free to move the thread.



So my problem is rather simple but as a young man not knowing much about the customs services outside the UE i need some help.

I am a Diecast Cars Collector (to who doesn't know, they are little miniatures of cars) but i did not brought them from Portugal with me because at first i had no room for them.

But now i do have some room available and i want to bring them here as i don't plan to move way in the next 10years at least and i miss my hobby...

So here are my questions:

Wich is the easiest way to import them without problems with customs services?

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Is there any way in wich can i bring them here without spending an fortune on postages/tax/duties?




It's a personal collection to be displayed in my house and it's a hobby.

If i have to pay a percentage of duty for each (they're rather big) i'll probably spend more than if i bought them here again...

They are personal, not for sale (i literally love them) and were bought on ebay, local shops, from fellow colectors of forums, etc...

The value of each is relative as some cost 50eur and other's more and i only have the receipts from the ones i bought in stores.

Everybody i've talked to about it told me that i will have to pay the customs if i bring them by car or delivery companies...

But how much is it? How do i know/calculate the cost?

Here are some photo's of my collection:







Thank you all,

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Re: Importing my collection - need some advice!

[Importing] Personal belongings, household goods

how long are you living here?
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But now i do have some room available and i want to bring them here as i don't plan to move way in the next 10years at least and i miss my hobby...

Good luck!
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It's only real cars that you pay import duty on you know.
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Re: Importing my collection - need some advice!

It's very simple really, just answer the following questions:

1. How long have you been in Switzerland - more or less than 18 months?

2. If less than 18 months, have you already officially made a declaration of imported personal posessions?

I'm guessing the answer to the second one is no, otherwise you would know the answer to your question, so the key issue is how long you've been here. Only once we know that can we advise on the costs/tax/etc...

Very nice collection BTW
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Thank you for the reply. I'm already reading the thread and i'll report later about what i find in it.

I arrived here in November so just a couple of months. I already read in the thread you pointed out that it would be more complicated to bring the collection if i was already here with more than 12 months but i don't so i should be fine right?

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Thank you!

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It's only real cars that you pay import duty on you know.
I wish they were but they're just toys... I'll work hard for a real one anyway!

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It's very simple really, just answer the following questions:

1. How long have you been in Switzerland - more or less than 18 months?

2. If less than 18 months, have you already officially made a declaration of imported personal posessions?

I'm guessing the answer to the second one is no, otherwise you would know the answer to your question, so the key issue is how long you've been here. Only once we know that can we advise on the costs/tax/etc...

Very nice collection BTW
Hello,

I've been here since last November... So less than 18 months and yes, i've never made a declaration of imported personal posessions...

Thank you!

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Re: Importing my collection - need some advice!

I have no idea how to help you but I just want to say as a middle aged mature man, I love that collection and I am very jealous of it!
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I have no idea how to help you but I just want to say as a middle aged mature man, I love that collection and I am very jealous of it!
Thanks! I appreciate it! It's been a pleasure to collect them...

Age does not matter... We all have a little boy inside us! And cars are always cars no matter the size!
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Re: Importing my collection - need some advice!

Personally, I would bring them over in small numbers every time you go back, so, given time, you will have them all here.
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Thank you for the reply. I'm already reading the thread and i'll report later about what i find in it.

I arrived here in November so just a couple of months. I already read in the thread you pointed out that it would be more complicated to bring the collection if i was already here with more than 12 months but i don't so i should be fine right?



Thank you!



I wish they were but they're just toys... I'll work hard for a real one

Hello,

I've been here since last November... So less than 18 months and yes, i've never made a declaration of imported personal posessions...

Thank you!
Oh, then you can easily bring them as part of your personal belongings.
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Personally, I would bring them over in small numbers every time you go back, so, given time, you will have them all here.
They're the only things i'll bring here... Everything else stays there.

I thought about bring them by car myself but i'm afraid of what i would have to pay in the border for them. The pictures i showed on the original post is just part of the collection - I've almost 100 models.

That's why i wanted to know if and what i have to pay on the customs services in the border for all of them enter because if i bring a few (3 or 4) each time and assuming i'll only travel 2 or 3 times a year, it will take too much time...
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I have no idea how to help you but I just want to say as a middle aged mature man, I love that collection and I am very jealous of it!
Well, I'm a not at all mature female type and I love it, too!

However, do my eyes decieve me or is there no Mini in that collection?! What's up with that?! No collection is complete without at least one Mini.

What size are they?
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Or a Skoda.....maybe not!
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Re: Importing my collection - need some advice!

I once had a collection, but then realized that I had no where to put it (other than my parents' basement, 3,000 miles away) so I sold it.

I would have like to have cherry-picked some of the models/books out of it, but I was hardly in the position to be able to do that and quite frankly, I was just happy not to have to worry about what to do with it when my parents move

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Well, I'm a not at all mature female type and I love it, too!

However, do my eyes decieve me or is there no Mini in that collection?! What's up with that?! No collection is complete without at least one Mini.

What size are they?
It's nice to ear that!

I've looking for one! It's on my wishlist (2007 Cooper S JCW in blue )

They are 1:18 scale - it's like 25cm depending on the real car.

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Or a Skoda.....maybe not!
Yeah... Probably not unless they creat something bonkers!
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However, do my eyes deceive me or is there no Mini in that collection?!
He has an aston marton - it's more or less the same thing, isn't it?
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He has an aston marton - it's more or less the same thing, isn't it?
Hardly, DB 7 has to be the prize car.
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Magnificent collection..
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Re: Importing my collection - need some advice!

nice collection

as they are no longer in the original package I would say they are used goods. Wouldn't be a problem at the border in my view especially if you don't take them all in one go. Or as other posters already said make it umzugsgut and fill in the forms. Also no problem.
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as they are no longer in the original package I would say they are used goods. Wouldn't be a problem at the border in my view especially if you don't take them all in one go. Or as other posters already said make it umzugsgut and fill in the forms. Also no problem.
I have their original packages (most of them anyway) and i intended to transport them inside for safety... Is that a problem?
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