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sparrow19
11/14/2019 10:04 EST

I moved to Italy in 2018, and live in Campione d'Italia, Italy, and have a resident permit valid till January 2020. I am moving to Sudtirol, Italy this month where I will apply for residence. I have been informed that my household goods will have to be cleared through customs and I will have to pay duty that is assessed by Italian customs (up to 32% of declared value). Campione, an Italian commune is located within Switzerland, and the movers have to pass through border control between Italy and Switzerland. I don't understand why I have to pay duty as I am leaving with common household goods that I shipped to Italy. If anyone on this forum is familiar with Italian customs pertaining to moves within Italy involving a border crossing, please reply with details. Thank you.

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Shtinky
11/14/2019 11:34 EST

Hi Sparrow19,
I admit I was surprised by this note. And I don’t have any personal experience. But your request piqued my interest so I did a little in investigation and found a couple of things. According to what I read, there was a change just this year to move Campione into the EU Customs territory. Prior to 2019 it was part of Switzerland customs. This makes me think you should have no customs problems moving your stuff from Campione to the main part of Italy as they are both part of the EU customs territory. I copied a couple things I found. Hope they help.
First I found this. Which says it takes place in 2020...which is less than 2 months from now...

Campione will formally become part of the EU customs territory in 2020; until then it de facto comes within Swiss customs control.

But this one says the change took place in 2019...
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52018PC0261

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sparrow19
11/23/2019 16:52 EST

Hello Shtinky,

Thank you very much for taking the time to reply.

Well, to make this as short as possible --

1. Tried to find an Italian mover. Sent about a dozen inquiries. No one answered.

2. Was walking in Campione and saw a moving van, complete with boxes etc. Spoke to the guys who are Irish and spoke English!!

3. Ended up hiring this mover. They said they move people in
Europe/overseas etc.

4. Day prior to Nov. 16, got bombarded with all truckload of documents to be produced for customs (Italy or Swiss, I don't know).

5. Loaded goods on November 16, with delivery scheduled on Nov. 20.

6. Left for Bolzano with a single suitcase on Nov. 17, anticipating goods to be delivered, and move to apartment on Nov. 20.

7. NO delivery. Container still awaiting clearance at the border; apparently Italy will not allow the truck to enter Italy.

8. In addition to over Euro 2,500 for the move, paid Euro 250 for the Italian agent of the movers; Euro 300 to "open a customs account" ; Euro 1,300 for customs duty assessment. The payments of Euro 250 and Euro 300 are non-refundable. However, per the movers, Italian govt will refund duty paid, after I send proof of residence in Bolzano.

9. Still at the hotel. Have a nice apartment in Bolzano sitting empty as we can't move in without our stuff.

10. Afraid of waking up Monday as I don't know what I will hear from the movers. My mind and body in pain from all the physical work, and men

11. Don't know what more I can do, or whom I should contact.

12. Prayers please & thanks much.

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Shtinky
11/23/2019 17:51 EST

Wow. Sorry about all your headaches! I hope once you send proof of residence the log jam will uncork! Keep us informed!

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