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Border hassles on taking out and in a full car of personal effects?

Heading to the UK for the summer, the family are flying, and I'm driving with a car full of the stuff that you need when you have 2 children under 2, and other general personal effects, as our flat in London was emptied for sale but we are now keeping it a few months longer. So you you can imagine the car will be quite full and contents will range from cots to a printer/scanner to some old pots and pans.

Am I likely to face any border hassles leaving or re-entering Switzerland at the end of the summer? Is there any procedure I can follow that will prevent this?
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Old 05.06.2014, 08:45
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Heading to the UK for the summer, the family are flying, and I'm driving with a car full of the stuff that you need when you have 2 children under 2, and other general personal effects, as our flat in London was emptied for sale but we are now keeping it a few months longer. So you you can imagine the car will be quite full and contents will range from cots to a printer/scanner to some old pots and pans.

Am I likely to face any border hassles leaving or re-entering Switzerland at the end of the summer? Is there any procedure I can follow that will prevent this?
Leaving will not be an issue, assuming everything is used I don't see an issue returning. You could do a ATA carnet where you list every item, it will cost you money & needs to be stamped going both ways. Every item MUST be returned to CH if you use one.
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Re: Border hassles on taking out and in a full car of personal effects?

Yep, will pick a quiet crossing and not worry much about it then.
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Re: Border hassles on taking out and in a full car of personal effects?

When you leave Switzerland you need to see the export section at the border crossing before 5pm. If stopped within the EU, say in France or Germany, and you are asked about your load it is considered smuggling because you did not declare it. If you have proof of where you are going, that you have permission, residency, a job, etc, then you will be fine, and will not be taxed on your personal items.


If you are stopped by the douannes or zoll, and you fail this, you could have your items seized in the worst, in the easiest, sit on the side of the road for a spell while they try to figure it out.


I was at customs yesterday, declaring, so I know.
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Yep, will pick a quiet crossing and not worry much about it then.
That doesn't work. There are often road blocks some distance from the borders. Customs are not silly, they do understand smugglers, and know the off beaten tracks.

Be prepared for a search of the car when you come back.
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Yeah, whatever, cot smuggling is big I hear.
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Yep, will pick a quiet crossing and not worry much about it then.
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Why groan at that post?

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Re: Border hassles on taking out and in a full car of personal effects?

Info how to do it can be found on the Swiss Customs website.
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Although the temporary admission procedure does make it possible to save on duties, it is associated with costly monitoring measures. Depending on the circumstances, permanent exportation followed by normal (re-) importation and payment of the applicable import duties could be less expensive.
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Yeah, whatever, cot smuggling is big I hear.
He should be prepared to have the car emptied, to be sure he isn't smuggling anything else. It might not cost him anything except an hour of waiting around.
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He should be prepared to have the car emptied, to be sure he isn't smuggling anything else. It might not cost him anything except an hour of waiting around.
Just buy 2 kilos of meat & Pay duty on the excess, it will be a quick crossing
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