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Household move - transit through France

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I'm planning to move the household items from the UK to Switzerland myself in the van via Eurotunnel / France.

Swiss customs rules very clear and straight-forward, and I have prepared all documentation.

However I'm not sure what kind of documentation is required to transit through France (Calais to Basel).

Does anyone have any advise on post Brexit rules ?

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Hi

I'm planning to move the household items from the UK to Switzerland myself in the van via Eurotunnel / France.

Swiss customs rules very clear and straight-forward, and I have prepared all documentation.

However I'm not sure what kind of documentation is required to transit through France (Calais to Basel).

Does anyone have any advise on post Brexit rules ?

Thank you!
The same paperwork you need for Switzerland
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The same paperwork you need for Switzerland
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I have to pay VAT on 1 item in my household items as I owned it for less than 6 months.

Do I have to pay some kind of bond to French customs and get it back when I clear it in Swiss ? Do you know how does it work ?
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I have to pay VAT on 1 item in my household items as I owned it for less than 6 months.

Do I have to pay some kind of bond to French customs and get it back when I clear it in Swiss ? Do you know how does it work ?
If you have customs paperwork with items listed & a destination in Switzerland they will likely just wave you through as it's of no interest to them, unless the item is extremely valuable.
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The same paperwork you need for Switzerland
I looked up the French customs website and I found similar form to Swiss (form 18.44 for clearing household effects). However this form talks about moving residency to France. I assume I don't need it.

So all I need for French customs is inventory list with approx value and that's it ?
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So all I need for French customs is inventory list with approx value and that's it ?
That should all be covered with the Swiss form.
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That should all be covered with the Swiss form.
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Re: Household move - transit through France

Hi

Just wanted to give an update on how the move went, maybe it will be useful for people in the future.

French side:

I went via Eurotunnel. Had to go via a freight train in order to clear customs on French side (customs are in Calais).
French customs do not have a transit form for household moves, so I just filled out French relocation form and put "transit to Switzerland" in address field in France. Showed my Swiss contract, rental agreement, list of items and copy of passports. Customs stampped the form and cleared me in 10mins.

Swiss side:

Swiss side was a hassle as I had to import 2 motorbikes and pay tax for 1 of them. I arrived at customs at Basel. Had to run between French and Swiss buildings to get a clearance stamp from French and then process documents at Swiss.

Initially thought I'm doomed as a trainee girl at Swiss customs thought to turn me down (my rental is in one canton, work is in another). Luckily she was replaced by a more qualified guy, who helped me to fill out vehicle importation form on PCs that they have there. Even explained how to save 37CHF on the fact that the motorbike is manufactured in Italy vs. UK.

All process took about 3 hrs and I was free to go.

From documents they needed: 18.44 form, list of items with their age/value, V5 for vehicles, rental agreement, work contract, copy of passport.
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