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Old 17.08.2015, 07:52
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Are there companies that take care of the import admin process for an everyday Joe?

I was reading the recent thread on this forum cross-border-shopping-destination and it struck me that with so many people importing from the surrounding countries, there must be a better way than the existing setup:

Example scenario: Order something from Amazon.de, if you're lucky (although often not) they will deliver to CH, but you will often have to pay a substantial admin fee to the Post Office for processing the import bill, plus you then have the pain of claiming back the tax if you so wish.

Alternatively, if they don't deliver to CH you can have one of these border addresses but you still have to drive there to collect and claim back the tax.

Don't companies exist that offer a service for Swiss customers to take delivery in the source country (which is often free from the supplier), send it on to the customers home address via a private courier, and then claim back the tax on your behalf? In the end you would receive a bill for their services, the import charge but also the tax rebate - all of which would ideally equate to the same or lower than the Post Office admin fee but you don't have any admin to do. Also, no worries about the many companies that don't deliver to CH.

Paying a company to do this stuff would seem much more efficient, but I don't see any on Google for the non-industry market.

Would be interested to know if anybody has used such a company!
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Old 17.08.2015, 08:25
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Re: Are there companies that take care of the import admin process for an everyday Jo

Yes, but they typically chare about CHF 100 for the service.

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