We are planning to move away from Switzerland and we would like to ship most of our belongings from Germany. We will have about 25 boxes to be shipped and I was wondering how to approach customs on entering Germany (from Switzerland).
I am trying to find out how and where to register our goods as being destined for another (non-EU) country. I will send them off the same day and return back into Switzerland straight away, so if there is any "shipping receipt" required, I could easily present this.
I assume it's similar to moving to another country (let's say the Netherlands) and just crossing through Germany on the way there. If anyone has moved belongings themselves, how did you deal with the customs requirements on the border to Germany? How did you register your goods?
Alright, so I called the German Customs today and was told the following:
When transporting goods through Germany that are destined for another country, you generally can use the "T1 Versandverfahren", with which you register your goods at the customs office upon entering Germany.
The point of the "T1" registration is that the goods are under "customs supervision" and are obviously not to be left inside Germany.
Technically, you are then transporting the goods to an Airport or Harbour or some Shipping company that should process the export for you and you'll get proof that you have exported them again.
However, in my situation I was considering going with DHL and they might not do this or at least its not clear how the process would work right now.
Therefore, you can also announce the export yourself through a so called "Ausfuhrverfahren" using "Form 033025", which you can find on www.zoll.de
The remaining question is in which order should this happen?
The kind lady on the phone said I should immediately when importing the goods start the "T1" and launch the "Form 033025" at the same time. It makes more sense to me, though, to first launch the "T1", then ship the goods and return to the customs officer to process the "Form 033025" for export when I can actually proof that I just shipped them.
Let me know if anyone has done this - it would be a great help!