|THINGS TO CONSIDER||STORAGE||CUSTOMS|
|IMPORTING A CAR||MARINE INSURANCE||DUTY & TAX|
- CUSTOMER MUST BE IN SWITZERLAND AND TAKE UP RESIDENCE PRIOR TO CUSTOMS CLEARANCE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO IMPORT USED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS DUTY-FREE (REGISTRATION WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES IS REQUIRED FOR CLEARANCE)
- Used household goods and personal effects must be owned and used for a minimum of six months and remain in customer's possession for at least one year
- Items must be imported during the period of transfer of residence (maximum of three years)
- Wedding Presents:
- Goods must be shipped within three months following the date of wedding for free entry
- Admitted free of duty provided they are used and the declared owner lived abroad
- Legal heirs must have their residence in Switzerland
- A declaration ("Declaration personnelle d'effects de succession" form 18.46) must be completed and given to the local Swiss Customs Direction before importation
- Used household goods given by a living person to an heir as inheritance advancement ("Avance d'hoirie") are considered inheritance goods
Due to Switzerland's landlocked location, all surface freight shipments will arrive via a European port such as Antwerp, Belgium or Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Swiss destination agent will move the shipment in bond to Switzerland for customs clearance.
Swiss customs officials are very strict about descriptive inventories. Under no circumstances is the description of "Packed By Owner" allowed.