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Shipping To SwitzerlandInternational Shipping To Switzerland

In order to aid you in moving to Switzerland we have gathered customs information. We advise you to carefully review the information relating to moving to Switzerland. You may find more up to date information at your local consulate or embassy. Please note, customs regulations are subject to change at any time. GEM Relocations cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.

 

Documentation Required
  1. Passport (copy of first three pages)
  2. Residence Permit or "Zusicherung Aufenthaltsbewilligung"
  3. Lease or Property Title of Residence in Switzerland
  4. Inventory (detailed) in English, German, French, or Italian, dated and signed by the customer (three copies) showing:
  5. Full contents of this and any other shipments planned
  6. Appliances, giving make and serial number
  7. Customs Import Form 18.44 (in duplicate and signed by Customer) and a list of alcoholic beverages needs to be completed upon arrival in Switzerland
  8. Returning Nationals require an Attestation of Residence issued by the local authorities
  9. Foreigners require a Work and Residence Permit issued by the local authorities
  10. Inventory for all shipments must be submitted with first shipment!
  11. Swiss: "Schriftenempfangsschein" (receipt for depositing papers at the Town Hall)
  12. Form "Erklarung/Abfertigungsantrag fur Libersiedlungsgur" (owners' declaration of personal household goods)
Customs Regulations
  1. CUSTOMER MUST BE IN SWITZERLAND AND TAKE UP RESIDENCE PRIOR TO CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO IMPORT USED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS DUTY-FREE (REGISTRATION WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES IS REQUIRED FOR CLEARANCE).
  2. 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
  3. Items must be imported during the period of transfer of residence (maximum of three years)
  4. Wedding Presents:
  5. Goods must be shipped within 3 months following the date of wedding for free entry
  6. Inheritance:
  7. Admitted free of duty provided they are used and the declared owner lived abroad
  8. Legal heirs must have their residence in Switzerland
  9. A declaration ("Declaration personnelle d'effects de succession" form 18.46) must be completed and given to the local Swiss Customs Direction before importation
  10. Used household goods given by a living person to an heir as inheritance advancement ("Avance d'hoirie") is considered as inheritance goods
Dutiable and Restricted Items
  1. New items (less than six months old) require an invoice, and must be listed separately on the inventory
  2. Foodstuffs in quantity
  3. Alcoholic beverages (must be declared under penalty of heavy fines)
  4. Appliances and restricted items should be loaded last in the container for easy access by Customs
Prohibited Items
  1. Drugs and narcotics
  2. Weapons (sporting and hunting guns may be imported with a permit)
  3. Ammunition
  4. Anti-radar equipment
  5. Animals products from protected/endangered species (ivory, skins, etc.)
  6. Cleaning fluids
Motor Vehicles
  1. Duty-free if owned and used over six months and owner states it will not be re-sold within 12 months of import
  2. All cars must comply with Swiss Government regulations
  3. Permission to import is granted on case-by-case basis
  4. Documents required:
  5. Passport
  6. Work Permit
  7. Title
  8. Purchase invoice
  9. Form 18.44
  10. Proof of Residence
  11. Valid Driver's License
  12. Foreign Registration Card
  13. Car license from previous country
  14. Household goods inventory
  15. Swiss Insurance Receipt
Animals and Pets
  1. Dogs, cats and birds permitted
  2. Proof of inoculation, veterinary attestation and anti-rabies shot required
  3. Quarantine may be required
Important Info
  1. Due to the landlocked location, all surface freight shipments will arrive via a base European port such as Antwerp, Belgium or Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Swiss destination agent will move the shipment in bond to Switzerland for customs clearance.
  2. Swiss customs officials are very strict about descriptive inventories. Under no circumstances is the description of "Packed By Owner" allowed.
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