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Old 09.03.2011, 12:36
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Customs at Zurich

OK, now that I am sorted with my vignette- the next question is, how easy am I going to find it crossing the border into Switzerland with a couple of suitcases in the back of my car. Am I going to have to fill in the paperwork required for the transit of my house or do I just drive through? I am officially just 'visiting' the country on this occasion prior to moving over permanently a few weeks later. I have seen threads on EF about custom duty being made when arriving at the airport- does this happen on the roads? Can I bring food/wine over in the car?
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Old 09.03.2011, 12:45
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Re: Customs at Zurich

Visitors usually do bring suitcases with clothes on visits, but bringing food and wine is always subject to rules whether or not you are visiting or residing. There are restrictions and prohibitions in any case. Why would you need to bring wine? It can be bought cheaply here anyway.
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Best bet is to do the tourist bit, I was quite worried about bringing a parma ham from Italy on my way through CH last summer. Way over the limit for meats at the border. No one was bothered to be honest.

Make sure you don't bring too much wine, and if anyone asks you're a tourist.

Moving permanently with a van full of stuff is a whole different ball game.
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Re: Customs at Zurich

If you are not stopped and searched, you can bring as much as you want.

When stopped and serched... the allowance is

red or white wine : up to 15% Vol. = 2 litre/person
other alcohol : above to 15% Vol. = 1 litre/person

Outside of the limit(less than 20 litre) you pay 0.60 CHF/litre
Outside of the limit(more than 20 litre) you pay 3.00 CHF/litre

beef : 500g/person
Outside of the allowance you pay 20 CHF/Kg

sausage+chicken+ham... : 3.5Kg/person
Outside of the allowance you pay 13 CHF/Kg


This is only some part of the chart about the allowance that I was given by a custom officer when I was driving back from grocery shopping in France.
It was the first time I have been stopped after about 20 times going through.

My German is very short so you will be better off checking on their web site by yourself.


Good luck!

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