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Don't want to hijack itsjess' story, but I should give an update on my situation after my earlier post:
- after a second email to the customs office, I finally got a terse email response to call this lady back on a direct line number.
- She gave me a lecture for bringing in "some dog from Romania". My dog is from a reputable breeder in Germany with a pretty long family tree so I asked if she has actually read my email and seen all the documents I attached. She didn't really bother answering that.
- I not only have to pay the VAT, but will also be fined Fr.400 for not declaring the pet at the point of entry. I pointed out that I pro-actively tried to call them before and after the entry, was bounced around during the calls and no one answered their phone or if someone did, didn't know the answer, sent 2 emails, have all the documents and followed all the procedures to the dot, and in the end I still get a fine because the customs officer maybe went to answer the call of nature when I cross the border? She didn't care. She dared me to challenge this as it will only end up costing me more. I pointed out that I could have simply done nothing, or I could have driven back to the border and done the process correctly - she said yes, I could have, but she already opened a case no. for me so it is too late for that.

I'm waiting for the written correspondence to see if I will get more clarity.
Although of course I can't say for this particular office, I've found one can sometimes achieve progress by sending a registered letter (on paper, in an envelope, registered at the Post Office for a small extra fee: keep a copy of the entire letter and attachments, and a copy of the Post Office receipt) in which one documents each step, explaining the way things went. Make it very easy for them to understand the whole matter, by using all their reference numbers, and by attaching copies of all the documents (so they don't have to do the work of looking it all up). Do this in the local official language.

For example... and naturally you'd adjust this accordingly:
Since DATE, I have been living in Switzerland. I registered at MUNICIPALITY-NAME on DATE, and have a TYPE-OF-PERMIT.

On DATE, I bought a dog in OTHERCOUNTRY.
The dog's details are:
name, date of birth of dog, breed, where you bought the dog in OTHERCOUNTRY, documents of official breeder there, sale price, their registrations, vaxx, and any other certificates. In OTHERCOUNTRY the dog's vet was Dr NAME. (Please see attached copies of COMPLETE LIST).

On DATE and TIME, having read the relevant information on webiste LINK, especially paragraphs N and NN, I phoned NUMBER of OFFICENAME o report my intention to bring my dog into Switzerland. Unfortunately there was no reply.

I brought the dog directly from the seller in CITYNAME, COUNTRYNAME, to Switzerland. We travelled overnight, by car, and arrived at TIME, when all the customs offices were closed. On the following morning, i.e. on DATE, I registered the dog with Dr NAME (full details) in CITYNAME, SWITZERLAND.

I also phoned NUMBER again on DATE and spoke to Ms NAME, who could not answer my query and referred me to Mr NAME who, in turn, put my call through to Mr NAME. I was instructed to do THIS, THIS and THAT, all of which I submitted to your office on DATE (see attached copy). I confirmed this on DATE in a further phonecall to Mr NAME at NUMBER.

Since the dog's arrival in Switzerland, besides the above, I sent the following three mails to ADDRESS, which I believed to be the correct place to register the dog, and to determine the VAT payment. I was given this address by Ms NAME at DEPARTMENT of the MUNICIPALITY / by Dr. NAME, the vet / one the WEBSITE. I received one reply on DATE, to say the matter was being processed. After NUMBER weeks, on DATE, I received a seond mail from Ms NAME, asking me to call her. (Please see attached copies of all mails.)

In my call of DATE, to Ms NAME, she told me, to my surprise, that my mails and the forms I had submitted had not consituted properly having registered my dog, nor the VAT. She told me that she would send me a BILL in the amount of NNN and a FINE in the amount of NNNN FRANCS.

As I am new in this situation, it could be that I have misunderstood some part of the official Swiss procedures. I knew that I had to register the dog and declare the price I had paid, and was under the impression that my mails, in particular that of DATE, together with my having taken the dog to Dr. NAME as soon as her practice was open on the morning after the dog arrived, would suffice to properly register the dog.

I request, please, that the fine mentioned by Fr. NAME be dismissed or reduced. At no point have I wanted to avoid paying the necessary VAT and any registration fees, which is why I have phoned and mailed repeatedly. Please would you let me know which further documentation you require from me? I hope that I can complete all the steps properly, and ask that you pease let me know if any part is still missing, so that I can properly complete the procedure. Thank you.
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Re: Customs didn't check my dog - am I in trouble already??

Tip that my relocation agent told me, we're preparing our move (with car), we have cats (so, household move, not import) and I've remembered this topic and asked what happens if the customs are closed by the time we come, and her advice was to found a hotel on German side and not enter the Switzerland until they reopen the next day.
I thought it's maybe a bit too cautious (eg I thought she'd tell me in which office I have to go the next day to report we're here).

Now seeing axman's response I see it isn't.
Uf :/

axman, good luck with sorting this out!
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Old 20.05.2021, 08:02
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Here's the thing with "Swissies": they can smell pompous, self-important expats from a mile away and like to take them down a notch whenever possible.
I'm a Swissie
Even my other half was stunned at the attitude of one guy - and his terrible spoken German - and she's even more of a Swissie than I am.
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Re: Customs didn't check my dog - am I in trouble already??

thanks everyone for your responses.

Doropfiz's post captures my situation really well.

I called them before getting my puppy to ask if I really need to do the process in person (so that I could take a shorter route via an unmanned border) but as I received no proper answer, I decided to be safe and cross the border at a crossing which was supposed to be manned. There was simply no one there, a few other people turned up to get stamps but they all just shrugged and left immediately. As my pup was already car sick, I decided to leave after about a minute.

My current advice for anyone reading this thread is this:

"I pointed out that I could have simply done nothing, or I could have driven back to the border and done the process correctly - she said yes, I could have, but she already opened a case no. for me so it is too late for that."
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Old 20.05.2021, 09:02
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- I not only have to pay the VAT, but will also be fined Fr.400 for not declaring the pet at the point of entry.
Man, what a shitty experience and hassle! Hope it gets sorted in your favour soon.
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Old 20.05.2021, 10:11
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Well, we actually did the same - arrived by plane and went through green corridor. It was a bit of hassle later, but nothing serious. But it is super important to have paperwork in order and all vaccinations, etc.

So, for us the order of actions was:
- Arrived to Zürich
- Completed a form to get AMICUS account
- Visited vet to get a dog registered in AMICUS and make a swiss vet passport as well
- Vet consulted with veterinary and issued a passport
- Later on, got a mail from veterinary to explain how the dog arrived to the country
- So, we sent copies of all documents and the problem with veterinary part was closed, but they asked to handle it with customs
- And finally, we brought the dog, documents and this letter to customs in Zürich airport, paid tax (within Fr. 100) and got stamps in all passports - old one, new swiss one, etc. At that point customs said that a dog isn't eligible for being considered as part of households. And tax has to be paid.

And no consequences afterwards. Just dog tax bills every year.
When you arrive by plane with an animal, NEVER go through the green (nothing to declare) but always go to the red, where you can simply hand in all the documents to the airport customs staff where they will stamp them. This stamp is important. If your pet was newly bought, you have to pay import taxes there, if the pet had been with you prior to your move you don't have to pay this as it will be considered accompanied luggage.

As long as Customs has stamped your documents, the rest is SO easy. You go to the vet and they will apply the pet passport for you. When you fly in, it is so much easier than by road, as there is always someone at the red "to declare" exit.
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Old 20.05.2021, 10:49
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Don't want to hijack itsjess' story, but I should give an update on my situation after my earlier post:
- after a second email to the customs office, I finally got a terse email response to call this lady back on a direct line number.
- She gave me a lecture for bringing in "some dog from Romania". My dog is from a reputable breeder in Germany with a pretty long family tree so I asked if she has actually read my email and seen all the documents I attached. She didn't really bother answering that.
- I not only have to pay the VAT, but will also be fined Fr.400 for not declaring the pet at the point of entry. I pointed out that I pro-actively tried to call them before and after the entry, was bounced around during the calls and no one answered their phone or if someone did, didn't know the answer, sent 2 emails, have all the documents and followed all the procedures to the dot, and in the end I still get a fine because the customs officer maybe went to answer the call of nature when I cross the border? She didn't care. She dared me to challenge this as it will only end up costing me more. I pointed out that I could have simply done nothing, or I could have driven back to the border and done the process correctly - she said yes, I could have, but she already opened a case no. for me so it is too late for that.

I'm waiting for the written correspondence to see if I will get more clarity.
This is such a terrible experience!! I'm really sorry to hear it, I hope you can get it sorted.


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How's it going? Did you get it sorted?
Thanks for checking in, Island Monkey

So the current situation is this: I completed the online registration form, and have received an email confirming the registration was successful, and that I would receive an invoice for the dog tax shortly. I also got my ID number to take to the vet, so that she can be registered into the AMICUS database. Her appointment is tomorrow, so this should all be resolved then. Based on some of the other nightmare stories, I will also be requesting a Swiss passport.


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When you arrive by plane with an animal, NEVER go through the green (nothing to declare) but always go to the red, where you can simply hand in all the documents to the airport customs staff where they will stamp them.
This has been the biggest lesson learned from all this - I truly hope that anyone reading this thread can learn from my experience and won't have to go through this themselves. Ultimately it's only been a mild inconvenience really, but it was still a bit stressful at the beginning, especially combined with the usual 'first day in a new country where I don't speak the language or know the rules' overwhelm & emotions running high!
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- I not only have to pay the VAT, but will also be fined Fr.400 for not declaring the pet at the point of entry.
Unfortunately that's how it is, I also heard of this happening to non-pompous swiss people. i.e. customs not manned at entry, you go fix it the day after at a customs office and you get a big fat fine.
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Old 20.05.2021, 17:06
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Thank you everyone! I'm a lot less panicked today, thanks to some sleep and all of your super helpful replies.

This morning, I rang the Basel-Stadt Veterinary Office and explained the situation. I was told to complete the registration form on the Hundkontrolle Basel-Stadt website, and they would come back to me with guidance on next steps.

I've done the form and gotten confirmation that it was submitted successfully, although I'm not entirely convinced it was the right registration form as it indicated 'seller information' which doesn't apply here... so we'll see what the response is, I guess. It also asked whether I have personal liability insurance, I will add that to the list of things I have to look into

I don't care what it costs and I will chalk this up to one of many learning curves I'll experience during this transition to Swiss life, I am just 1000% relieved that I won't have authorities arriving at my door to take my little best friend away from me
Personal liability insurance; Normally this is an add-on to your house contents insurance and costs practically nothing. Just checked my policy and I am covered for CHF 5 Million
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Old 20.05.2021, 18:19
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So the current situation is this: I completed the online registration form, and have received an email confirming the registration was successful, and that I would receive an invoice for the dog tax shortly. I also got my ID number to take to the vet, so that she can be registered into the AMICUS database. Her appointment is tomorrow, so this should all be resolved then. Based on some of the other nightmare stories, I will also be requesting a Swiss passport.
err.. wait. You registered at your local council but did you not get it cleared at the customs yet? Don't want to scare you but that is the Fr.400 question...

The vet is obliged to report you to the customs if you don't have a stamp on the passport. (but of course most vets will just remind you to get that stamp as soon as you can)
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Old 20.05.2021, 21:10
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err.. wait. You registered at your local council but did you not get it cleared at the customs yet? Don't want to scare you but that is the Fr.400 question...

The vet is obliged to report you to the customs if you don't have a stamp on the passport. (but of course most vets will just remind you to get that stamp as soon as you can)
Erm...

So, I've realised my error. I was advised to contact customs with my entry information + Zola's paperwork, which I did (incidentally via the email address that Kittster's friend suggested, thank you Kittster!). 48 hours later, I got a response saying 'your dog has been registered, you'll receive an invoice shortly, please go to your local vet' etc etc.

I mistakenly thought THAT email was from the customs people, acknowledging that I'd bought her in to the country. I've now realised that customs have not responded...

I guess I'll have more info for you after my vet appointment tomorrow!


ETA: I'll accept the 400fr fine if that's what the consequences are. It's an expensive error, but it is completely my own fault. Hopefully someone who reads this will benefit from my experience. This is my fourth international move, there are always hard lessons to learn and sometimes they're costly but I'm not going to stress about it.
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Re: Customs didn't check my dog - am I in trouble already??

Hi,

That email address from Kittster is the exact same email address that gave me trouble. It is the customs people.

If you received an email back from them, then I suppose everything is ok for you!
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Old 20.05.2021, 21:23
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No, I didn't get an email back from them. I got an email from the registration process.

I've just realised that customs have never responded
it appears I can expect a 400fr bill as well
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No, I didn't get an email back from them. I got an email from the registration process.

I've just realised that customs have never responded
it appears I can expect a 400fr bill as well
See what your vet says before you contact customs again. I know of someone who drove a puppy from the UK recently and there was no one at customs when they drove in. The vet grumbled about it being "illegal" but issued amicus and a passport and that was that.
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Hi,

That email address from Kittster is the exact same email address that gave me trouble. It is the customs people.

If you received an email back from them, then I suppose everything is ok for you!
It is not the email address that gave you trouble, it is how you approached the situation. My advice was also to physically present yourself at a customs post ASAP, nowhere did I say that sending an email would be the end of it. That would make no sense.
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When you fly in, it is so much easier than by road, as there is always someone at the red "to declare" exit.
If you go by road, just use a major border crossing, there is always a "to declare" person. (highway crossings for sure)

We have about 2 dozen around here, but only 4 or 5 are permananty manned.

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See what your vet says before you contact customs again. I know of someone who drove a puppy from the UK recently and there was no one at customs when they drove in. The vet grumbled about it being "illegal" but issued amicus and a passport and that was that.
I'll try this when I see the vet today *fingerscrossed

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It is not the email address that gave you trouble, it is how you approached the situation. My advice was also to physically present yourself at a customs post ASAP, nowhere did I say that sending an email would be the end of it. That would make no sense.
You're right, sorry Kittster, I did miss that part! That will be my next step if I don't have any luck with the vet this afternoon - I'll jump on a bus and go straight back to Basel airport and pay customs a visit with all my paperwork. I'll just have to cop the fine if that's how it works out.

I don't know how I failed to recognise that the customs process and registration process weren't linked. I guess I just mixed it all up - I contacted customs and completed the registration form on the same day, then a few days later got a 'success, your dog has been registered' email, so I just kinda relaxed and figured that was the end of it. Just newbie ignorance, I suppose
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See what your vet says before you contact customs again. I know of someone who drove a puppy from the UK recently and there was no one at customs when they drove in. The vet grumbled about it being "illegal" but issued amicus and a passport and that was that.
Ditto - we never did get around to declaring our mutt to customs per my previous post, and NEVER had an issue in the 4 years she was with us...maybe we just got lucky, maybe our vets sorted it out on our behalf without our knowledge, maybe the rules have changed since then?
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It is not the email address that gave you trouble, it is how you approached the situation. My advice was also to physically present yourself at a customs post ASAP, nowhere did I say that sending an email would be the end of it. That would make no sense.
Sorry if it sounds like I was blaming you. Not the case at all. I got the email from calling the customs helpline no. and they told me this is the procedure. Driving up to the nearest custom post is not the correct way to do it, but sounds like it works.

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You have to consider that the Swiss legal system sees animals as a thing ("Sache"), so it is treated a bit like when you import prescription medication or a valuable exotic plant. The customs have to be certain that the dog has actually been imported and tax/customs duty has been paid if applicable, that it has the proper documentation and will not pose a health risk. The same applies to plants and medications.

If I were to cross the border with a valuable exotic plant and then call them a few days later to say "by the way, I have this plant, I assure you everything is tip top, can I please have a stamp to say so, I'm going to stick it in the garden now", they would probably send the environmental agency my way to check I'm not about to introduce some dangerous neophyte/neozoons into the unsuspecting Helvetic fauna and flora.
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