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Crossing border with gifts

Hi all,

I've had a look through this forum but can't quite find an answer to my question- so I hope you don't mind me posting as a new thread.

I have good friends who are now living in Geneva- last month they got married back here in the UK and in a couple of weeks I'm driving all their wedding presents out to them. I'm all sorted with motorway vignette etc.

I understand that often cars get pulled over at the border. What can I expect if I am pulled over- obviously my story is genuine but would it be hard to prove, coming over the border with lots of brand new goods without receipts?

Any advice would be most welcome.

Tom
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Old 07.10.2011, 14:26
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Hi all,

I've had a look through this forum but can't quite find an answer to my question- so I hope you don't mind me posting as a new thread.

I have good friends who are now living in Geneva- last month they got married back here in the UK and in a couple of weeks I'm driving all their wedding presents out to them. I'm all sorted with motorway vignette etc.

I understand that often cars get pulled over at the border. What can I expect if I am pulled over- obviously my story is genuine but would it be hard to prove, coming over the border with lots of brand new goods without receipts?

Any advice would be most welcome.

Tom
I suspect the gifts may be liable to taxes in CH.
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Old 07.10.2011, 14:31
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Re: Crossing border with gifts

I *think* that there is an exemption for marriage gifts when I was looking into the importing personal possessions type rules before I moved here to Basel.

Maybe take a copy of their marriage certificate with you!
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I *think* that there is an exemption for marriage gifts when I was looking into the importing personal possessions type rules before I moved here to Basel.

Maybe take a copy of their marriage certificate with you!
In addition, as always, there is a form that must be filled out and signed by the friends.

See here:
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Crossing border with gifts

Thank you so much for the help, much appreciated, have directed my friends in the direction of the form 18.45

Thank you.
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Re: Crossing border with gifts

you're unlikely to get pulled over if you have a vignette
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Re: Crossing border with gifts

Any idea of the dimensions? Swallowing them could save you time at the border crossing inspection.


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You're not suposed to wait to get pulled over. You have to stop and declare them with the proper forms.
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Re: Crossing border with gifts

This is really hepful. I was wondering the same about a bike, that may be gifted to me by a UK rellie. Was wonderig if I would be liable for tax on it taking it back to CH with me.
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