|Area:||15,940 sq. mi|
|Top 5 Largest Cities:||1. Zurich 2. Geneva 3. Basel 4. Bern 5. Lausanne|
|Lanuage:||German, French, Italian and Romansh|
|Climate:||Temperate and Mediterranean|
|Motto:||“Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno” / “One for all, all for one”|
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Documentation is very important for your overseas venture. Please take a look at some of the expected documents.
Customs Form 18.44 – Your declaration of your household goods
Swiss Customs Form 14.60 – Provided by your employer with signature and stamp
Below, you will find many of the documents Customs will be expecting. Please take a look to familiarize yourself with such documents.
Once your household goods have arrived in Switzerland along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.
Once your items has arrived to Switzerland, duties and fees may be enforced. Duties averages to 3.2% and your Valued-added Tax of 8%. If you are a returning citizen, you must have been employed abroad for at least a year for duty-free import. Unaccompanied hand baggage can be imported free of duties if contents are used personal effects and/or books and accompanied with an inventory. Wedding gifts must be shipped no less than 3 months after the wedding date for free duty. Antiques that are older than 100 years can be imported without a charge of duty. Artwork properly documented is also duty-free. You must be present with residency in Switzerland in order to have a duty-free shipment.
You must be 17 years of age or older to import the following duty-free.
The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.
There are certain prohibited items when it comes to importing. Please take a look below at some of the items deemed as prohibited.
There are certain restrictions when importing items into Switzerland. Please take a look at some of the restrictions below.
The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.
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All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.