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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

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I'm in the same situation. For a pair of sandals, 52.49 chf + 8.49 chf shipping (60.89 chf in total), they want to charge me 39.95 chf!

I wil have to check the itemization or not of the shipping costs in the invoice, but still, this is crazy, almost 2/3 the price of the frigging sandals. I will go this afternoon to the post office.

The thing that amazes me the most is that if you order on iHerb for example, no matter the amount (i paid even almost 90 chf once), they never charge the tax.

I hope this is my lucky day.
Good luck to you! Let's hope it's a lucky day for both of us. CHF39.95 seems a bit steep, was it sent through Swiss Post?
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

Any values under CHF62 gets rounded up to the nearest CHF5 in Switzerland (i.e., CHF65).
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Old 13.05.2016, 17:28
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Any values under CHF62 gets rounded up to the nearest CHF5 in Switzerland (i.e., CHF65).
Then why not just make the limit CHF 65.-?
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Old 13.05.2016, 17:42
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Any values under CHF62 gets rounded up to the nearest CHF5 in Switzerland (i.e., CHF65).
You wouldn't have a link to that particular information, by any chance?
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You wouldn't have a link to that particular information, by any chance?
I just made it up, based on the OPs information.
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Old 14.05.2016, 15:33
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The thing that amazes me the most is that if you order on iHerb for example, no matter the amount (i paid even almost 90 chf once), they never charge the tax.

I hope this is my lucky day.
The limit is different for nutritional supplements. It is around CHF 200.-

That is why you don't pay taxes with iherb.
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Old 14.05.2016, 17:25
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Not if the value is below CHF 62.

I've had them checked, if no VAT is due, there is no inspection charge to pay.

Tom
You got lucky. They can charge 13chf if they decide to randomly inspect a package even if the value is below the VAT limit. You pay for the privilege of having been chosen for inspection.
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Old 14.05.2016, 19:17
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Then why not just make the limit CHF 65.-?
Because the limit isn't CHF 62, it's a minimum VAT of CHF 5.

Thus CHF 62 for 8% VAT stuff, CHF 200 for 2.5% VAT stuff, and somewhere in-between for a mix.

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Old 14.05.2016, 19:28
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Because the limit isn't CHF 62, it's a minimum VAT of CHF 5.

Thus CHF 62 for 8% VAT stuff, CHF 200 for 2.5% VAT stuff, and somewhere in-between for a mix.

Tom
ok, I get it. It's just that the post about rounding up to the nearest 5 frank amount is pure BS.
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

KatieCM,

Did you get it sorted out?

I have a similar situation: In the itemised billing, it says Goods Subtotal GBP39, and Shipping Cost: zero.

I was still charged Fr.24 by the post office because they say the postage is GBP9. I have no idea where they get this GBP9 from. Had they assumed GBP8, I would have been below the threshold.
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Old 23.05.2016, 22:48
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

The exact same thing has happened to me a number of times... where they've included the shipping in the value and I just paid the bill to get my item.
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

I guess in CH where nothing is free and posting a parcel costs a small fortune, "free shipping" must seem peculiar to them
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Old 23.05.2016, 23:07
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

I've been pretty lucky with customs. I got one parcel and was expecting a huge fee for it, but it went through without charge. Not sure if they couldn't be bothered converting the currency since it was in JPY on the package.
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Old 23.05.2016, 23:11
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

For me, in the future, if the Post demands money, they can send it straight back at their cost, and I will buy it elsewhere.
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I guess in CH where nothing is free and posting a parcel costs a small fortune, "free shipping" must seem peculiar to them
Not the case. I've bought bike parts from the UK costing the equivalent of 60fr with free postage. When the parcel arrived it had been opened and resealed (with tape saying customs inspected).

The "value" on the outside of the package stated £42 and inside, on the invoice they had opened, it stated "Goods: £42, Delivery: Free" and the parcel arrived with no charges.
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I guess in CH where nothing is free and posting a parcel costs a small fortune, "free shipping" must seem peculiar to them
Nothing like shipping is free anywhere. Just because you cannot see it on your bill means not it's free. Also receiving things from abroad, custom fees and VAT is not included in "free shipping" in the US or UK.
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Nothing like shipping is free anywhere. Just because you cannot see it on your bill means not it's free. Also receiving things from abroad, custom fees and VAT is not included in "free shipping" in the US or UK.
Regarding the UK (or anywhere in the EU), you don't get any VAT or customs fees anywhere. I think it is a particularly primitive aspect to living in CH and you only miss it if you are used to living in the EU from before living in CH, and ordering from any EU country for delivery to another EU country - VAT, customs and most of the time delivery charges are simply not a feature.

If you then move to CH from an EU country (for now that includes the UK!), it feels like an online shopping prison or some sort of pre-1980s blackhole of ordering. Suddenly many companies from DE who ship so easily to UK, NL, wherever in the EU and they might not sell at all to CH, etc.,. Just a fact of life....

The US is different of course..
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Regarding the UK (or anywhere in the EU), you don't get any VAT or customs fees anywhere......

The US is different of course..
Oh you get VAT. Charged (iirc) by the country of shipment at whatever rate applies for that country; typically around 18-20% for most countries and goods. You might not percieve it as it will be included in the price you pay. But it's there. Although no customs fees.


Try to order in the US from the EU and you will be in a Switzerland position. Although I guess the fees might be lower and I've no idea what the limits might be.
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If you then move to CH from an EU country (for now that includes the UK!), it feels like an online shopping prison or some sort of pre-1980s blackhole of ordering. Suddenly many companies from DE who ship so easily to UK, NL, wherever in the EU and they might not sell at all to CH, etc.,. Just a fact of life....
Back when the European (Economic) Community was established, one of the critical goals was to enable the free movement of goods and services. And thus was born the Single Market.

Switzerland elected to not join the EEC, so the old cross-border ways still apply. Much the same as with, say, goods being shipped between Asia or the USA and any member of the European Union.

To that extent your posting boils down to a single request: Switzerland should join the EU.

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Oh you get VAT. Charged (iirc) by the country of shipment at whatever rate applies for that country
VAT and EU is complex relationship.

At the moment, when one partner to a trade does not have a VAT number, VAT is charged at the rate of the destination country. It used to be the other way round (VAT charged based on originator country). The EU is a customs union, so nothing exciting here.

VAT, customs and Switzerland is simple - Switzerland is a non-member country, so every export into Switzerland up to the border is, in principle, without any VAT and customs charges. At the border "someone" will have to do these declarations, and just behind that border fence normal delivery ensues. For smooth cross-border trade for consumers VAT and customs declaration services are a massive simplification as they put the effort into the hands of those who are best qualified and make the whole routine very predictable for pricing (e.g. delivery of furniture across the border, to not use online sales as an example, for once)
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