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No customs clearance on gifts from one individual to another.
up to a limit of 100chf, and only if well declared and only if the custom inspector agree that it's a gift and not a "purchased" changed into gift...


Anyway I doubt that the customs will appreciate my personal gift from my friend "amazon.de" (or dealextreme.com)
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Old 31.05.2012, 12:16
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Thanks!
So it confirm they will charge some 12-15chf something just for "clearance"...
Only if there is VAT to pay.

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Only if there is VAT to pay.

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Are you sure? I don't see that clearly explained in the Post Faq or instructions...

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Old 31.05.2012, 12:39
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

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Are you sure? I don't see that clearly explained in the Post Faq or instructions...

Look closer:

"Does Swiss Post charge for registering a customs and VAT-free mail item?

There is no cost involved in registering a duty-free postal item for customs."

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Re: Swiss import/customs tax?

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Plus, they do not charge duties or VAT if the cost is less than CHF 5.- - you should be safe with the exception of the clearance and possible extras..
i need to use my voucher from USA before expire, total cost is 61 CHF. So if i understand correctly i will be exempt from the VAT. But how about the courier cost? i heard some (like UPS) will add some extra cost for package from abroad. They will send it via FEDEX.
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Old 26.07.2012, 12:57
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Re: Swiss import/customs tax?

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i need to use my voucher from USA before expire, total cost is 61 CHF. So if i understand correctly i will be exempt from the VAT. But how about the courier cost? i heard some (like UPS) will add some extra cost for package from abroad. They will send it via FEDEX.
The invoice or contract of sale forms the basis.
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

Dont be confused about following text when forwarding cost is mentioned. It is about a case when Swiss Customs valuation enforced.

So if your package invoice will not show total incl shipping cost then its fine.
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Old 26.07.2012, 20:56
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

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I mean does anyone have examples of UK online sites that automatically remove VAT
I buy very often at Amazon.co.uk (weekly...) and sometimes VAT is removed and other times it is not. It happens automatically.

Also I buy at 3w.vistaprint.co.uk They always remove VAT (also automatically)
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Hi,

Sorry for waking up an old thread. I am considering importing two watches to Switzerland from the Netherlands (ordering online). The shop have quoted me a price excl. VAT. From reading above it seems that I should expect to pay an additional 8% on the sales price.. but I am unsure if there are any additional charges specifically for watches? Can anyone clarify this?

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Old 19.09.2012, 16:34
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Hi,

Sorry for waking up an old thread. I am considering importing two watches to Switzerland from the Netherlands (ordering online). The shop have quoted me a price excl. VAT. From reading above it seems that I should expect to pay an additional 8% on the sales price.. but I am unsure if there are any additional charges specifically for watches? Can anyone clarify this?

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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Thanks.

Found 'Watches' in there which took me to below page, just showing a lot of zeros. Assume this means that the only additional cost will be the 8% VAT?
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http://xtares.admin.ch/tares/details...ate=19.09.2012
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Old 19.09.2012, 17:24
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Thanks.

Found 'Watches' in there which took me to below page, just showing a lot of zeros. Assume this means that the only additional cost will be the 8% VAT?
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Well, there is duty on these watches, but it is counted in Rappen/Centimes/Cents per piece, so you will never get over the minimum amount of CHF 5.-, therefore no duty charged.

But yes, the VAT (plus handling fee) will be collected..
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

So I bought a watch online from eBay US (deeply sorry Switzerland ) worth about 128 USD plus another 10 for shipping. This works out to around 130 CHF. I haven't received the package yet, but speculating:

1. 8% (from TARES) VAT ~~ 10 CHF

2. Assuming the package to be under 1 kg, duty ~~ 0.2 CHF

3. Customs clearance is 16.5 CHF + 3% ~~ 20 CHF ... *only* (IIRC) if charge #2 is over 5 CHF... not unless the Timex weighs 25 kg

4. Swiss post admin charge for customs clearance ~~ 18 CHF (from their website, for a "private" individual, does this get waived if I socialize more?). Unclear whether or not this applies only if #3 applies.

Better than handing out CHF 299.- to the lone seller in CH anyway. Now (if I ever receive this untrackable thing) time will tell what I had to pay to tell the time...
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

So I received my watch from the Netherlands. At one stage the shipping/tracking page said that the package was on hold at Government Agency, which I assumed was Customs, but so far I have not been invoiced the any additional VAT - the package was just delivered and I just had to sign. Anything I am missing here?

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Old 15.10.2012, 11:33
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So I received my watch from the Netherlands. At one stage the shipping/tracking page said that the package was on hold at Government Agency, which I assumed was Customs, but so far I have not been invoiced the any additional VAT - the package was just delivered and I just had to sign. Anything I am missing here?

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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Crazy thing. I have got interested in mechanical watches since I came to Switzerland and learnt how to assemble and dis-assemble them. So I decided to make my own, but getting parts in Switzerland has proved impossible so far, or crazy expensive. I have, however, found a US source for Swiss parts that I can import into Switzerland. But I will have to pay tax and stuff on the parts.. but it is still cheaper than buying here!
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

I'm sure those of you who have been here forever chuckle at our newb confusion - but after having read a number of these posts (and having looked at the website), it is still a little confusing.

Here is my approximation - can someone point out if I've missed anything big?

1. I'm buying something for 965Eu/1200chf
2. I'm having it shipped from NL to CH at a cost of 100Eu/125chf
3. I think my fees will be:
a) 16.50 chf import fee - flat fee for Zone 2
b) 39.75 chf import fee - 3% fee (after adding in shipping, so 3% of 1325)
c) Inspection, value evaluation and storage - 13chf, but only if paperwork is not correct or such, so hopefully 0chf
d) Preliminary clarification of the import customs clearance - 13chf, but I think this only comes up in a special case as well, so hopefully 0chf
e) 110.5 chf - 8% Swiss VAT, added on after all of the other fees, so 8% of 1381.25

166.75 chf = grand total in fees for 1200chf product

does that seem correct? Have a I missed anything?
the sites I used for information were:
Swiss Post Prices Import Custom
Swiss Post Import: Customs/VAT
Tares (though did not find much here other than confirmation that a bicycle has a 'normal' tariff, unless I missed something)
Ch.ch more info on customs & import, but seems duplicative of the Swiss Post site.
Federal customs site web tool This wasn't particularly helpful, just seemed to confirm the sample calculations

Thanks, anyone/everyone, for letting me know if the calculation seems approximately correct.

-LA

I can't tell if opening a ZAZ account is useful/necessary.
I read something about not using DHL, but am somewhat unclear as to why (they charge an extra fee it seems?) or what the best alternative is.

1. 8% (from TARES) VAT ~~ 10 CHF

2. Assuming the package to be under 1 kg, duty ~~ 0.2 CHF

3. Customs clearance is 16.5 CHF + 3% ~~ 20 CHF ... *only* (IIRC) if charge #2 is over 5 CHF... not unless the Timex weighs 25 kg

4. Swiss post admin charge for customs clearance ~~ 18 CHF (from their website, for a "private" individual, does this get waived if I socialize more?). Unclear whether or not this applies only if #3 applies.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Ooops, on the last post the bit about the timex was something I'd copied from a previous post, please ignore.

The last 2 questions re: DHL and ZAZ account were meant to be part of the post.

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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Hi,
I'm not sure this special case was already discussed here, I didn't find it anyway... So here is my question:
I have ordered 3 items from the UK (official online store, VAT free prices due to Swiss delivery address). They are shipping the items from different locations, so the same order and same invoice was split physically into 2 packages. The total value is around EUR 130, both packages (not by purpose) contain around goods for around EUR 65. The first one arrived already, I need to pay 28 chf...
Can it happen that I will need to pay the same amount for the other part of the order (the other package)? If so, is there any way to refund it somehow? I don't really find it fair to charge the same order twice...
How this amount was calculated by the way? Few months back I ordered something from Germany for EUR 200 (not tax free though) and I didn't have to pay anything.
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Old 05.06.2013, 16:11
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Hi,
I'm not sure this special case was already discussed here, I didn't find it anyway... So here is my question:
I have ordered 3 items from the UK (official online store, VAT free prices due to Swiss delivery address). They are shipping the items from different locations, so the same order and same invoice was split physically into 2 packages. The total value is around EUR 130, both packages (not by purpose) contain around goods for around EUR 65. The first one arrived already, I need to pay 28 chf...
Can it happen that I will need to pay the same amount for the other part of the package? If so, is there any way to refund it somehow? I don't really find it fair to charge the same order twice...
How this amount was calculated by the way? Few months back I ordered something from Germany for EUR (not tax free though) and I didn't have to pay anything.
Thanks in advance,
J.
If you only paid CHF 28, than that's for a value of EUR 65 or so, so expect something similar for the other.

CHF 18 + 3% for the paperwork, + 8% VAT.

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If you only paid CHF 28, than that's for a value of EUR 65 or so, so expect something similar for the other.

CHF 18 + 3% for the paperwork, + 8% VAT.

Tom
Thanks for the answer. I guess it is only the VAT which is based on the value, paperwork seems to be a flat rate (+ 3% also value based).
So the shop messed this up for me by splitting the package and causing me like extra 20 chf of cost...

I'm fully disappointed about the whole thing.
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