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Re: Buying from China, Free Trade Agreement and Customs

I had my package (from UK) opened once by post - no VAT and no 'admin' charges were added.
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Re: Buying from China, Free Trade Agreement and Customs

So, should I assume there is no different treatment if the package comes from Asia or Europe?
Also, I long the customs keeps the packages? I wouldn't like to buy something that I need and they retain there for weeks just because they can.
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Is somebody there that bought a smartphone from China or Hong-Kong? I'm really thinking on that. Phone is around $130USD with free shipping. Full package should be around 500g I guess (phone + cables + manual).
Just want to know how much customs tax should I expect for this?
All the duty:
http://xtares.admin.ch

VAT is always 8% expect:

Art. 25 Swiss Value Added Tax Act

Addition handling charges:

Swiss Post:
https://www.post.ch/en/private/a-z-o...earance-prices
DHL:
http://www.dhl.ch/en/express/customs...customers.html
other shippers:
See corresponding website.

There may be delivery options (for ex. ebaz Global Shipping Program) where all tax, duty, and most other charges (maz not be the case for arts, antiques, alcohol, drugs, and weapons) are pre-paid and included in the shipping cost.

Customs declaration is not done by proper real Swiss customs, but rather by the shipping company. if a package is delayed and "hangs in customs" it is because your shipping provider is lazy, or the paperwork is not in order.
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Is somebody there that bought a smartphone from China or Hong-Kong? I'm really thinking on that. Phone is around $130USD with free shipping. Full package should be around 500g I guess (phone + cables + manual).
Just want to know how much customs tax should I expect for this?
One of the guys here at the office bought a Jiayu S3 last year from one of the dealers at aliexpress.com. He doesn't remember how much customs and VAT was precisely, but it was an insignificant amount like 10-20CHF payable by ordinary payslip to Swiss customs (i.e. no cash-in fee by the delivery company). He had used the Free Shipping option, he's not completely sure but it probably was sent using China Mail, delivery took around one month as promised.

He quickly needed replacements for cover and camera lense as he carries the phone in his backpockets. Since Jiayu has an online shop in Germany that delivers to CH, getting the replacements was near-trivial. Now he uses a foil to protect the lense (the foil for the lense is inside the cover). He also had a question or two, customer service in Germany is quite good.
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