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Buying an item from the EU - duty/customs fees?

I am planning on purchasing two of these: http://swimsafetydevice.com/. Specifically the TPU version which is 50 euros. Would it be wiser to make the two purchases separate or have them shipped as one package? As far as a I know it's being shipped from somewhere in the EU - I think Finland. They said they would use swiss post to ship it. Any idea how much the custom fees would be?

Interestingly I have ordered glasses from the UK for around 150 euros and also a 15 franc toy from China and have not been charged any duty or customs...
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Old 03.07.2015, 21:58
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Re: Buying an item from the EU - duty/customs fees?

I'm no expert because I've always managed to stay under the magic amount. But here's the Swiss Customs website:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

And an example:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

Remember they count the price of the item plus the shipping charges when calculating the value. Also make sure you know the shipping company. The Swiss Post doesn't operate in Finland , so even though they take over once the item arrives, you want to know which company is bringing the item(s) here.

For example if the vendor uses DHL, you could face some additional charges:

Swiss Customs clearance, DHL

If the Swiss Post opens the item to verify its value, you might pay an inspection fee on top of any customs duties.
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Re: Buying an item from the EU - duty/customs fees?

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I'm no expert because I've always managed to stay under the magic amount. But here's the Swiss Customs website:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

And an example:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

Remember they count the price of the item plus the shipping charges when calculating the value. Also make sure you know the shipping company. The Swiss Post doesn't operate in Finland , so even though they take over once the item arrives, you want to know which company is bringing the item(s) here.

For example if the vendor uses DHL, you could face some additional charges:

Swiss Customs clearance, DHL

If the Swiss Post opens the item to verify its value, you might pay an inspection fee on top of any customs duties.
So the seller told me that it should come by regular mail and not by courier. Should I still split the shipment in two packages or is it cheaper to just go with one package? I guess there won't be any courier charges, ie. charges from DHL, etc.
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If the Swiss Post opens the item to verify its value, you might pay an inspection fee on top of any customs duties.
Swiss post doesn't open it, customs do.

You will only be charged if customs are due.

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