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Coming to Zurich from UK, what do I declare???

Hi all, apologies if this is a dumb question but I've been trying to get my head around what I actually have to declare when I arrive in Switzerland to start a new job (coming from the UK). I've read the documents on the government website and still can't figure it out. Here's my understanding so far:

- I have to declare all new items that have been used for less than 6 months if the combined value of these items exceeds 300CHF.
- Personal items can be exempt and any duty claimed back in the future.

Ok so based on the above I'm a little confused about a few things:

- How am I able to prove if something I am bringing is older than 6 months? It would be completely impractical/impossible to bring receipts for everything I own?
- If I go out and buy a new pair of shoes or laptop today in the UK, pay VAT here, and then bring them to Switzerland, I'd obviously declare them as they are less than 6 months old and over 300CHF, but would these be deemed personal items and would I be able to claim back the duty paid at a later stage?

This is my first time dealing with anything like this so would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
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Old 03.01.2018, 20:02
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https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...-effects-.html
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Re: Coming to Zurich from UK, what do I declare???

You spend 300 francs on a pair of shoes!

Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.
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You spend 300 francs on a pair of shoes!

Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.
Pheeew, easy.

OP, read roegners link. But I'd say in general you don't have to worry that much. If it's obvious that things are for your own use I don't think they are too tough on you at the border. Five laptops though (in a single household) newest models in original boxes could be a bit suspicious. Your example - shoes - are easy to judge whether they are new or not. Take a walk on tar .....
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Take everything out of the packaging, remove price labels. Good luck with the move.
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Pheeew, easy.

OP, read roegners link. But I'd say in general you don't have to worry that much. If it's obvious that things are for your own use I don't think they are too tough on you at the border. Five laptops though (in a single household) newest models in original boxes could be a bit suspicious. Your example - shoes - are easy to judge whether they are new or not. Take a walk on tar .....
Hi, thanks for your reply, I had already read that link but I got the 300CHF threshold from this site: But it seems even on this page there is confusion as to whether the 6 month rule or 300CHF threshold applies when moving to Switzerland as an expat. I was just having visions of getting a large bill when I enter the country because they value all of my belongings regardless of whether I've had it 6 months or not.
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Re: Coming to Zurich from UK, what do I declare???

Don't worry, use common sense. People at customs are not there to get you.
My question is: are you moving your stuff by truck from the UK or you are simply flying in with a lot of suitcases?
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Don't worry, use common sense. People at customs are not there to get you.
My question is: are you moving your stuff by truck from the UK or you are simply flying in with a lot of suitcases?
Thanks, yeah it just all seems very formal when I read through the official rules! I haven't decided which approach to take, probably either flying or train. At most I'll have one large suitcase and a snowboard bag - definitely not a truck worth! Perhaps the best approach for me is to, make a list of all my stuff, be honest with the border control and see what they say.
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Thanks, yeah it just all seems very formal when I read through the official rules! I haven't decided which approach to take, probably either flying or train. At most I'll have one large suitcase and a snowboard bag - definitely not a truck worth! Perhaps the best approach for me is to, make a list of all my stuff, be honest with the border control and see what they say.
1) I envy you.
2) The best approach is to stop worrying.
3) What RufusB said.
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At most I'll have one large suitcase and a snowboard bag - definitely not a truck worth! Perhaps the best approach for me is to, make a list of all my stuff, be honest with the border control and see what they say.
That is all the belongings you have? Nothing will be left behind which you may move at a later stage?
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