| || |
| || || |
| || |For items above 80CHF you are liable to taxes. THey will send an invoice to you separetly. Unless it is an used items, you do not have to pay taxes. There are plenty of furnite shops for baby in switzerland. It is no worth the trouble to get it from John Lewis | |
| || || |
I would disagree with your assertion that it isn't worth it.
- Import VAT should be 8% of costs (product+shipping).
- Import duties are weight-based, so not usually significant.
- Shipping costs are worth considering, but I'd expect them to be stated clearly by the seller (i.e. John Lewis). Yes, they do charge more for shipping to Switzerland.
- Customs admin costs are generally not specified in advance, but I've seen numbers around 7-8% of the value of the products.
So the total "import cost" would be around the same (give or take) as the savings from not paying UK VAT: so the price you see (on the UK website) is broadly going to be the price you pay.
But personally, the stories I've heard are that it is much easier and cheaper
to buy things from the UK than to buy locally, where local Swiss retailers are clearly charging too much.
As for how to pay the duties, that does depend on how the products are shipped. I bought a set of golf clubs from a website based in Northern Ireland, and the postman asked me for cash when he delivered them to my front door (around CHF 100, but less than the VAT I'd have paid in the UK). I've heard generally that courier services (i.e. not national Post Offices) charge higher costs for customs admin, but I've never seen a full schedule of costs for any company.