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Moving goods - six months rule only for cars?

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I know that importing a car as part of a move is only tax exempt when you owned it for more than six months. I also know that all other belongings were never questioned or checked in that regard. Quick question: has anybody moved a boat to CH as part of a move? Does the six month rule apply?
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Re: Moving goods - six months rule only for cars?

The 6 months rule counts for everything (moving the household when entering the country). The customs papers you signed contains that statement.
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Re: Moving goods - six months rule only for cars?

Anything you move in, to be tax free, must have been owned and used by at least 6 month and you should be planning to keep using it personally (with the exception of food and beverages, but you should plan to eat it yourself).
You can see this declaration on the Form 18.44
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Anything you move in, to be tax free, must have been owned and used by at least 6 month and you should be planning to keep using it personally (with the exception of food and beverages, but you should plan to eat it yourself).
You can see this declaration on the Form 18.44
Ownership is not a demand, personal usage is.
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Re: Moving goods - six months rule only for cars?

10+ years ago it did count as Hausrat, I would expect it still does.

But getting it registered (and thus allowed to use) was a much bigger pain then than the import. An additional complication was brought by the fact that boat and motor aren't considered a single and unseparable unit, at least with an outboarder. To complicate things further, it mattered at that time (in that case) where the boat originated from, in addition to where it had been registered.

Maybe things have changed or your boat is less of a problem than my friend's, but you're probably well advised to ask the customs themselves as the correct answer WRT to registering may well depend on the details.
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