Import Regulations in Switzerland

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Import Regulations in Switzerland

The owner 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).

The 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.

The goods must be imported during the period of transfer of residence (maximum of three years). As for the wedding presents, they must be shipped within 3 months following the date of wedding for free entry. As for the inheritance, the goods are admitted free of duty provided they are used and the declared owner lived abroad. Legal heirs must have their residence in Switzerland. Prior to importation a declaration ("Declaration personnelle d'effects de succession" form 18.46) must be completed and given to the local Swiss Customs Direction. Used household goods given by a living person to an heir as inheritance advancement ("Avance d'hoirie") are considered to be inheritance goods.

The following documents are required for customs clearance: passport (copy of first three pages); Residence Permit or "Zusicherung Aufenthaltsbewilligung"; Lease or Property Title of Residence in Switzerland; inventory (detailed) in English, German, French, or Italian, dated and signed by the customer (three copies) showing: full contents of this and any other shipments planned, and appliances, giving make and serial number; 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; an Attestation of Residence issued by the local authorities (required for Returning Nationals); a Work and Residence Permit issued by the local authorities (for foreigners required); inventory (if there are few shipments, the inventory must be submitted with first shipment); Swiss: "Schriftenempfangsschein" (receipt for depositing papers at the Town Hall); Form "Erklarung/Abfertigungsantrag fur Libersiedlungsgur" (owners' declaration of personal household goods).

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