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Moving a Lego collection abroad

Hi all,

I'm moving to Switzerland in January and I was wondering what experience other people have had moving their (large) Lego collection abroad. I'm worried that I've got almost 15 x 64 Litre boxes (the Really useful boxes) full of Lego. Are the customs people going to believe that this is all for personal use or will I likely encounter some problems bringing this into Switzerland? Will I have to pay tax on this collection?

I will probably take some sets with me each time I come back to the UK (my wife and son will be in the UK for the first 3 months), but this will just likely scratch the surface of the collection.

Packing all the Lego has made me realise that I have a serious problem - how did I manage to accumulate all this Lego.....?!


  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    Sell it off cheap to brickset members! 

    I guess the important point is it opened or sealed boxes, and are there multiples. If opened, I doubt they will care. I've shipped collections (Lego and other stuff) with no problem in the past. Both in EU and from outside.
  • msandersmsanders Member Posts: 1,017
    Lol. Yep, trying to sell a few things but can't seem to part with most of it! All of the sets are opened but I've got some sealed Lego games. 
  • tecjamtecjam Member Posts: 255
    Transfer of domicile to Switzerland is the most important requirement in order to have your household goods and any collections, animals or your car imported into Switzerland duty-free. Further the imported articles must have been used by you personally for at least 6 months and they have to be continued to be used by you after importation.
    See more here:

  • Jern92Jern92 Member Posts: 889
    I moved 30kg's worth of Lego from NZ to Malaysia earlier this year. All taken apart and placed into ziplock bags, according to the sets/instruction manuals. Everything fitted into one large luggage bag. Walked straight through at Customs; they didn't even bother scanning my bags.

    But I'm guessing you have way more.
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