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Old 12.06.2011, 20:58
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hello all,

I just bought a headboard in France and got it delivered to me in Lausanne. I paid the French TVA and then Swiss TVA when it was delivered by TNT. The douane actually called me to tell me it was on the way and all the documents were taken from the package. Question is, how do I now reclaim my overpaid TVA - is it from the shop where I bought it. Do I have to fill in a form or is it done automatically?

Thanks for any help!
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This should have been done at the store at the time of purchase. I think it's possible it's too late now. But can't be 100% sure. I'd call the store first.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

http://www.swisspost.ch/post-startse...ernational.htm

Above what value will I have to pay customs and/or value added tax (VAT) on import items?

In principle, every item sent from abroad is subject to customs duties and VAT.
There is no special exemption limit like that allowed for passengers carrying goods with them, only a duty-exemption limit.
Accordingly, customs duties and VAT are not charged if the amount calculated is less than CHF 5 for each customs declaration.
Furthermore, gifts mailed from individuals living abroad to individuals in Switzerland are duty-exempt up to a value of CHF 100. Goods purchased on the Internet do not satisfy these conditions and are subject to duty in accordance with the general provisions.
The maximum values for VAT-exempt imports are:
  • 8% VAT (the majority of items sent) => CHF 62
  • 2,5% VAT (e.g. books) => CHF 200
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

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The question is, does this apply to DHL shipment as well?

Am trying to order something (not available in CH) from an ebay seller in Germany. Seller has agreed to take off German VAT, but insists that they can only ship via DHL and not via German National Post!? The cost of the item (incl. VAT) is 35 EUR. What do you think? will I get hit with nasty duties, admin fees with DHL?

UPDATE - almost 2 months later, and I still do not have a bill from DHL for import duties or any fees! The item I bought was about 29 EUR after deducting the VAT and shipped to me from German (can't remember how much postage was, but rather cheap).
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Old 23.08.2011, 15:47
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http://www.swisspost.ch/post-startse...ernational.htm

Above what value will I have to pay customs and/or value added tax (VAT) on import items?

In principle, every item sent from abroad is subject to customs duties and VAT.
There is no special exemption limit like that allowed for passengers carrying goods with them, only a duty-exemption limit.
Accordingly, customs duties and VAT are not charged if the amount calculated is less than CHF 5 for each customs declaration.
Furthermore, gifts mailed from individuals living abroad to individuals in Switzerland are duty-exempt up to a value of CHF 100. Goods purchased on the Internet do not satisfy these conditions and are subject to duty in accordance with the general provisions.

The maximum values for VAT-exempt imports are:
  • 8% VAT (the majority of items sent) => CHF 62
  • 2,5% VAT (e.g. books) => CHF 200
So what are the categories under the 2.5% ?

Just bought some supplements form the UK and wanna calculate the tax and import costs that i have to pay
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

I'm struggling to make sense of this (it's late!).

I'm looking to buy video games every so often. Swiss prices are just insane and I refuse to pay them.

I found yesasia.com which does free international shipping (so I can get Deus Ex for CHF 34 instead of 70!) - but I can't gind a dependable answer on how much extra will be added on for importing the item to Switzerland.

Can anyone help? :P
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Old 30.08.2011, 02:42
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So what are the categories under the 2.5% ?
water, food, cattle, poultry, fish, grain, seeds, animal feed, fertilizer, pesticides, medication, books, magazines, newspapers
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Old 30.08.2011, 09:30
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I'm struggling to make sense of this (it's late!).

I'm looking to buy video games every so often. Swiss prices are just insane and I refuse to pay them.

I found yesasia.com which does free international shipping (so I can get Deus Ex for CHF 34 instead of 70!) - but I can't gind a dependable answer on how much extra will be added on for importing the item to Switzerland.

Can anyone help? :P
It varies, possibly 0, possibly a few francs plus 35 CHF in handling fees......
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Old 30.08.2011, 10:21
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

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I'm struggling to make sense of this (it's late!).

I'm looking to buy video games every so often. Swiss prices are just insane and I refuse to pay them.

I found yesasia.com which does free international shipping (so I can get Deus Ex for CHF 34 instead of 70!) - but I can't gind a dependable answer on how much extra will be added on for importing the item to Switzerland.

Can anyone help? :P
Up to a value of CHF 62.- (including postage) you will not be debited with an import customs clearance/handling. See the details on the post website here.
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Old 30.08.2011, 10:59
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Up to a value of CHF 62.- (including postage) you will not be debited with an import customs clearance/handling. See the details on the post website here.
Should not & wont be are not the same, you can appeal however that takes time especially with Zero local language skills.
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Old 30.08.2011, 11:05
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Should not & wont be are not the same, you can appeal however that takes time especially with Zero local language skills.
Well, I do not know about your particular case.. but yes - if the goods are not declared properly, you will most definitely be charged on the verification process, for example.
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Old 30.08.2011, 12:46
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Up to a value of CHF 62.- (including postage) you will not be debited with an import customs clearance/handling. See the details on the post website here.
This is, of course, much lower than the 300CHF you are allowed to bring in personally across the border.
If you live near the German border then it is worth using Hermes or DHL delivery services who both offer to deliver to a parcel point of your choice in Germany. Then you nip across the border & collect from the parcel point. Of course in this circumstance you will probably not be able to get the German VAT refunded.
But then most companies who ship by post from Germany to Switzerland do not refund the VAT.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

I ordered an electric piano from Thomann, and I've just came back from the phone with the delivery company. Apparently for a 477EUR package the Swiss customs will charge 240CHF for tax + admin!!!

#@#$%#@%$
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This is, of course, much lower than the 300CHF you are allowed to bring in personally across the border.
If you live near the German border then it is worth using Hermes or DHL delivery services who both offer to deliver to a parcel point of your choice in Germany. Then you nip across the border & collect from the parcel point. Of course in this circumstance you will probably not be able to get the German VAT refunded.
But then most companies who ship by post from Germany to Switzerland do not refund the VAT.
With some companies, you can specify you live in Switzerland. They will provide along with your order (to be collected in Germany like UPS collection place) the document you will need to stamp and return by post...

But I understand not all companies bother with that.
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Old 06.09.2011, 17:35
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I ordered an electric piano from Thomann, and I've just came back from the phone with the delivery company. Apparently for a 477EUR package the Swiss customs will charge 240CHF for tax + admin!!!

#@#$%#@%$
Now that sounds excessive. How did they calculate that?

Even with a large handling fee, the MWST seems to be calculated on well over 2000 CHF.
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Old 06.09.2011, 17:43
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I ordered an electric piano from Thomann, and I've just came back from the phone with the delivery company. Apparently for a 477EUR package the Swiss customs will charge 240CHF for tax + admin!!!

#@#$%#@%$
You're being Switzerlanded!
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Now that sounds excessive. How did they calculate that?

Even with a large handling fee, the MWST seems to be calculated on well over 2000 CHF.
The delivery company cannot show that. They said it came up in their internal records, and I'll receive a more detailed explanation from Swiss customs later. In the meantime, I'll have to pay that tax...
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With some companies, you can specify you live in Switzerland. They will provide along with your order (to be collected in Germany like UPS collection place) the document you will need to stamp and return by post...

But I understand not all companies bother with that.
Alternative is also a DHL Packstation. You can get one in Germany as long as you are a EU resident (it might take some time and e-mail correspondence with DHL and you need an address in the EU, where they will send the forms and the card). Then you simply order the packet to a Packstation of your choosing; you get a card and pin to pickup the packet at the Packstation (accessible 24/7) and that's it.
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Old 15.09.2011, 16:58
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Alternative is also a DHL Packstation. You can get one in Germany as long as you are a EU resident (it might take some time and e-mail correspondence with DHL and you need an address in the EU, where they will send the forms and the card). Then you simply order the packet to a Packstation of your choosing; you get a card and pin to pickup the packet at the Packstation (accessible 24/7) and that's it.
Hermes does a similar scheme in Germany but you do not have to register or be an EU resident. You just tell them which Hermes shop to send it to & then roll up there with your photographic id; no extra cost.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Hi everyone. I've been reading through pages of these threads and i think i am just starting to understand how it all works here in Suisse.

However, to want some clarification!

I'm looking at purchase some shoes from the US. Approximately US$100. Postage may be US$20. So US$120 all up.

Not sure who will post them to Suisse. I will expect to receive them in my mail box, or at least a note saying I have to pick them up from Poste.ch. I will then expect to have to pay VAT of 8%, and import duty based on weight (which i think is about CHF1/kg).

Now, should that be it? I will make sure an invoice is included and clearly marked with price/weight etc.

Any info would be much appreciated! Cheers
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Old 03.10.2011, 18:14
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Hi everyone. I've been reading through pages of these threads and i think i am just starting to understand how it all works here in Suisse.

However, to want some clarification!

I'm looking at purchase some shoes from the US. Approximately US$100. Postage may be US$20. So US$120 all up.

Not sure who will post them to Suisse. I will expect to receive them in my mail box, or at least a note saying I have to pick them up from Poste.ch. I will then expect to have to pay VAT of 8%, and import duty based on weight (which i think is about CHF1/kg).

Now, should that be it? I will make sure an invoice is included and clearly marked with price/weight etc.

Any info would be much appreciated! Cheers
Plus 18chf fixed fee
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