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Bringing personal effects from 2 countries?

I was reading through many posts dealing with bringing personal effects into Switzerland when one is relocating and it seems that there is an 18 months maximum period.

My first question is: can we bring personal effects from two countries? My shipment from the US has already cleared the country but I was only there for a little while. I am originally from France and still have a bunch of stuff there.

Can I just bring them over the border in a truck or will I not be allowed as I have already completed the 18.44 for the stuff arriving from the US?

Also I am considering buying a car in France and bringing it in Switzerland under personal belongings. Do I need to wait to own the car for more than 6 months before bringing it over or can I bring it over since it will be a model that is a few years old?

I had to sell my car in the US as the shipping cost were prohibitive and the car was not worth it.

Thanks for answering all my questions with your usual expertise!
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Old 14.08.2010, 09:58
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Also I am considering buying a car in France and bringing it in Switzerland under personal belongings. Do I need to wait to own the car for more than 6 months before bringing it over or can I bring it over since it will be a model that is a few years old?
neither option will work, unfortunately - many people here have had the same idea, just to wait with the import of the car for 6 months. But if you have already officially registered your domicile in Switzerland, they will calculate those 6 months from the entry date on your permit and tax exemptions will not apply to any cars bought later.
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Old 14.08.2010, 10:57
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My first question is: can we bring personal effects from two countries? My shipment from the US has already cleared the country but I was only there for a little while. I am originally from France and still have a bunch of stuff there.

Can I just bring them over the border in a truck or will I not be allowed as I have already completed the 18.44 for the stuff arriving from the US?
You could have done - if you'd mentioned on the 18.44 that the stuff was coming in two loads on different dates.

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Also I am considering buying a car in France and bringing it in Switzerland under personal belongings. Do I need to wait to own the car for more than 6 months before bringing it over or can I bring it over since it will be a model that is a few years old?
No, you would have to have bought it 6 months before you registered. You will pay duties as normal.

Look on the bright side, you can being it in straight away .
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