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

Hi team,

I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience. I ordered some cosmetics online with a combined total of 60.22 CHF (including shipping). I ordered this specific amount because I knew 62 CHF is the limit for importing without customs duty. However today, the post guy tried to charge me 25 CHF in import tax!!! How is this possible? Has the limit changed?

I sent the goods back with him as I told him I wasn't paying it. I also have researched on a few websites and it seems the 62CHF limit is still in place.

So what should I do now? I want to fight this because I find it totally unfair. The customs duties in Switzerland are already absolutely crazy, and now they are trying to charge me even when I'm under the limit??

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

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Hi team,

I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience. I ordered some cosmetics online with a combined total of 60.22 CHF (including shipping). I ordered this specific amount because I knew 62 CHF is the limit for importing without customs duty. However today, the post guy tried to charge me 25 CHF in import tax!!! How is this possible? Has the limit changed?

I sent the goods back with him as I told him I wasn't paying it. I also have researched on a few websites and it seems the 62CHF limit is still in place.

So what should I do now? I want to fight this because I find it totally unfair. The customs duties in Switzerland are already absolutely crazy, and now they are trying to charge me even when I'm under the limit??

Thanks for your help!
Have you, you know, called them to ask and explain?
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

Maybe the papers were not in order?
Maybe it was selected for random inspection by customs?
Maybe customs uses an other exchange rate as you did? (See here http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_fir...x.html?lang=en)

As you did not check what is wrong with the actual bill we do not know more than you.
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Hi team,

I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience. I ordered some cosmetics online with a combined total of 60.22 CHF (including shipping). I ordered this specific amount because I knew 62 CHF is the limit for importing without customs duty. However today, the post guy tried to charge me 25 CHF in import tax!!! How is this possible? Has the limit changed?

I sent the goods back with him as I told him I wasn't paying it. I also have researched on a few websites and it seems the 62CHF limit is still in place.

So what should I do now? I want to fight this because I find it totally unfair. The customs duties in Switzerland are already absolutely crazy, and now they are trying to charge me even when I'm under the limit??

Thanks for your help!
Fight the power! Get Gloria Allred on the phone! Take it all the way to city hall! ...........or just go to the Post office and kindly inquire as to why they wish to charge you 25 CHF.
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

The goods were purchased in CHF so there should be no confusion with the exchange rate. And when I looked at the packaging document it clearly stated the goods worth as 60 CHF. Unfortunately I had to give the document back and didn't have my phone on me to take a photo. I have sent an email to the post and am waiting for a reply. While my German is ok, I do struggle to have these types of conversations over the phone. I was just wondering if anyone has ever had a similar issue and how they resolved it.
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

Wasn´t it CHF 62 including postage?
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The customs duties in Switzerland are already absolutely crazy
No, they are usually 0.

VAT is 8%.

Processing charges on the other hand...

But processing charges are NOT customs duties.

And it's the value that counts, NOT the price paid. If they decide that the value should be higher than declared, that's what counts.

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

It was 60.22 CHF including postage. So definitely under the 62CHF limit. And you're right, it's the administration fees charged by Swiss Post and DHL and other carriers that are absolutely crazy, not so much the VAT.
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The goods were purchased in CHF so there should be no confusion with the exchange rate. And when I looked at the packaging document it clearly stated the goods worth as 60 CHF. Unfortunately I had to give the document back and didn't have my phone on me to take a photo. I have sent an email to the post and am waiting for a reply. While my German is ok, I do struggle to have these types of conversations over the phone. I was just wondering if anyone has ever had a similar issue and how they resolved it.
The post speak English, it's a language on their website.
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

Tom, you're right again. But the value of 60CHF (so even 0.22 under what I actually paid) was listed on the document stating the charges. So I "assume" that's what they assessed the value as? Or could this potentially be stated elsewhere? It's a bit of a pain i didn't take a photo of the document so I could upload a copy. Thanks for all your help but I suppose I'll just have to see what the reply from Swiss Post is. I'll keep you all updated.
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

They probably assumed CHF 60 without postage. As mentioned by others, next time simply ask at the post office
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Tom, you're right again. But the value of 60CHF (so even 0.22 under what I actually paid) was listed on the document stating the charges. So I "assume" that's what they assessed the value as? Or could this potentially be stated elsewhere? It's a bit of a pain i didn't take a photo of the document so I could upload a copy. Thanks for all your help but I suppose I'll just have to see what the reply from Swiss Post is. I'll keep you all updated.
That sounds weird. Pity you didn't take a photo. Perhaps they calculated an addition shipping charge to add the the CHF value of the goods, I've heard of that happening.

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

If the cost of the items was close to 60Fr, and it wasn't made very clear that postage was included (or was free) then they will add on a notional postage amount (which will take it over 62Fr) and bill you appropriately.

If there's an invoice inside that clearly shows free or included postage (English is fine) you can go back to the post office and show them the invoice. Once convinced it's all OK you won't have to pay the VAT. However, if you refused the item it's probably on its way back to where it came from now, so it's too late.
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

Thank you Adrian, Tom and Roegner, that's probably what happened and I do have an invoice that clearly states the shipping fee. So hopefully I can get it sorted out. The post is keeping it at the post office for the time being. I appreciate everyone's help!
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

I must say I have been lucky.

I was wrongfully charged by the Swiss customs a tax an an package, whose value had been incorrectly declared on the package. They had included the shipping cost in the value.
So the customs added it again and the whole amount went over the CHF 62 limit.

As I could prove everything, they return me the tax money.

I must say I was pretty amazed that this happened!!!!
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

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.
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Old 13.05.2016, 16:08
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Re: Swiss Post just tried to charge me 25 CHF in customs for something worth 60CHF

If customs opens your package, you're also screwed. I ordered something last week, it was chf 57 including shipping, but because customs had to inspect it, I also paid chf 13 for their amusement. Nothing post can do about that. I just paid.

Iherb does not incur a charge because those items are usually taxed at 2.5%
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If customs opens your package, you're also screwed.
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.

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

Update on my situation: I've sent my invoice to them to show everything itemized but they want to go back and check all of the original shipping documents. If the shipping isn't listed on these documents, I have to pay. This seems a bit unfair. I have no control over how the documents are filled out, as I'm not the one shipping the parcel. Fingers crossed it's listed in the docs and it was all just a big misunderstanding.
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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
This is good to know! It seems a bit rough to pay the fee when everything is in order!
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