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Information individuals


Private individuals

Within the scope of these provisions, private individuals are people who bring goods across the Swiss border (Tourist traffic - Travel, purchases, allowances) or have them brought across the border (Online shopping, postal and courier consignments).

There are special provisions for household effects, students, holiday homes, getting married and inheritance.

Personal goods

Personal goods are goods including animals and plants which are not intended to be sold or traded. No commercial purpose is pursued with the goods (no resale). Personal goods are mostly used in one's own household or given as gifts.

Warning, the term "personal goods" does not refer to:

  • Deliveries on behalf of a person for consideration (e.g. furniture)
  • Goods transported by farmers and restaurant owners for their personal use
  • All services performed for a person under a contract for works (e.g. delivery and installation of a kitchen in a home)

Information on this can be found under "Information companies".

Tourist traffic

In tourist traffic, private individuals take their personal goods with them on an excursion or journey across the customs border.

Personal goods must be declared verbally at a manned border crossing. If the border crossing is unmanned, a written self-declaration needs to be made.

In tourist traffic there are duty-free allowances and limits.

If the personal goods carried exceed the duty-free allowances and/or limits, they will be assessed according to the customs tariffs for tourist traffic (duty paid).

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N.B.: Please note that the provisions in tourist traffic will change from 1 July 2014. The most important information is as follows: New provisions in tourist traffic from 1 July 2014

Postal and courier services - online shopping

Personal goods which are delivered by post, a courier or by other means to Switzerland will be treated as merchandise (Information companies). There are no duty-free allowances and value limits are not applicable.

The informations can be found under: Online shopping, mail and courier consignments.

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