What Items Am I Allowed to Move to Switzerland? Customs regulations

When relocating with household and personal belongings into Switzerland, regulations differentiate for EU, EFTA and other immigrants. Careful planning is essential.

Customs regulations for used household goods and cars

In order to clear customs and benefit from a tax free and duty free import of household goods to Switzerland, it is necessary to fulfill certain conditions and to provide clearly defined documentation. 

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Note:

  • It is the shipper's responsibility before departure to ensure that a residence permit will be granted for Switzerland. 
  • Goods that are shipped must have been purchased and in use for at least six months prior to shipment. The customs authorities may request further documents as evidence for exemption of charge. 

 

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Required documents for clearance of household goods:

Swiss citizens who de-registered at the time of leaving Switzerland

  • Application for clearance of personal property (form 18.44) – original in duplicate
  • Inventory list
  • Copy of passport
  • Registration with the Swiss municipality
  • Copy of rental or purchase agreement for a house or residence
  • List of wines and spirits if included in the shipment

Immigrants from EU countries and from EFTA countries

  • Application for clearance of personal property (form 18.44) – original in duplicate
  • Inventory list
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of employment contract or copy of residence permit
  • List of wines and spirits if included in the shipment

Immigrants from all other countries

  • Application for clearance of personal property (Form 18.44) – original in duplicate
  • Inventory list
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of Residence permit
  • Copy of rental or purchase agreement for a house or residence
  • List of wines and spirits, if included in the shipment

  

Subsequent shipments (not applicable to second residence)

Special conditions apply for your second residence in Switzerland. As you can bring in more than one shipment, make sure you indicate this option when your first shipment is imported and cleared through customs. Subsequent shipments must always be announced in writing during the first customs clearance (inventory list). For subsequently-shipped vehicles, the vehicle document (copy of vehicle license, etc.) must always be submitted at the first clearance.

 

Secondary residence in Switzerland

Personal property for furnishing secondary residences may be imported duty-free from any country with all the usual documents (18.44, passport copy, purchase/rental contract, etc.), if the goods have been in use for at least 6 months. The shipment should arrive within a reasonable time after the commencement of the purchase/ rental of the real estate.

 

Importing alcoholic beverages as part of household goods shipment

A maximum of 12 litres with an alcohol content of over 25% and 200 litres of wine (alcohol content below 25%) can be imported duty- and tax-free. The quantities given are the maximum allowances. The sender must provide a separate list with precise information about the beverages.

 

Importing a used car as part of household goods

An official vehicle license from the country of origin and a copy of the sales contract is required. The vehicle must be presented to the cantonal road traffic offices for inspection. For further details, please contact Packimpex. You can also refer to the articles Importing your car from the UK and continental Europe, and Importing your car from the USA / overseas

 

Diplomatic shipments

For a diplomatic shipment of household goods, a different customs clearance process applies, and a special customs form is required. For preparation of the form and shipping to the embassy, the precise name and function in the embassy should be known. A detailed inventory list is also required.

 

Prohibited and restricted items

Some countries restrict importation of certain items due to local customs, rules and regulations. Please check with the destination country's consulate or your Packimpex coordinator for more information. 

 

Relocating with pets

There are special regulations for bringing your pets with you to Switzerland. Take a look at the article Relocating with pets to learn about Swiss standards on this topic.

 

Relocating with firearms

Weapons and ammunition can only be imported with your household goods to Switzerland with special permission. 

 

Other prohibited items  

Unless otherwise agreed the following items are prohibited to bring with you to Switzerland. 

  • perishables, such as food
  • wood, bricks, cement, rocks, soil
  • dangerous goods (corrosive, explosive, flammable, acid) such as aerosol sprays, chemicals, paint
  • pornographic material
  • products derived from endangered species (such as ivory, crocodile leather, etc.)

 

Related information

 

Note: If you are leaving Switzerland and relocating to another country, contact your Packimpex relocation consultant for specific customs regulations and details in your destination country. 

 

Author: Markus Widmann

Markus manages a team of move managers and consultants at Packimpex Moving Ltd. The team provides you with professional assistance when moving your household goods into or out of Switzerland. He has experienced many exciting challenges in the moving industry over the past 17 years. Markus is Swiss and enjoys travelling and meeting people from different cultures.

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