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Old 07.05.2009, 16:07
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I just got a bill from Swiss Post Logistics for CHF59.70 for something I ordered from Germany that only cost EUR22.89. So Swiss post charge almost double the actual value of the item being imported? That can't be right! Can it?
It's usually best not to select the express or courier services as customs clearance costs more. I've instructed Amazon to always use normal post.
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Old 07.05.2009, 21:13
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http://www.konsumentenschutz.ch/medi...-post-gls.html

It seems your package was sent via private courier and Swisspost GLS. You pay VAT on shipping too. If there's no invoice they can estimate the value.

When you order from amazon and opt for standard shipping standard swiss post fees apply, that means CHF18 + VAT when VAT is more than CHF5 and no charges when VAT is under CHF5. VAT is 7.6% on DVDs. So you can order up to a value of CHF65 (including shipping) without incurring charges (CHF65*7.6%=~CHF5). Import duties may also apply on some items, VAT is not an import duty.
I selected the cheapest possible shipping method. It came via Basel. Vat/MST CHF5.60, Customs clearance CHF33.00, handling charge CHF10.00 and another charrge of CHF10.00. With the invoice came a copy of the invoice from the supplier which clearly shows EUR22.59.
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

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I selected the cheapest possible shipping method. It came via Basel. Vat/MST CHF5.60, Customs clearance CHF33.00, handling charge CHF10.00 and another charrge of CHF10.00. With the invoice came a copy of the invoice from the supplier which clearly shows EUR22.59.
33+10+10=CHF53. This is Swiss Post GLS fee if VAT is >CHF5. I feel your pain... If VAT was miscalculated you should contest charges but it boils down to about 10 bucks you might get refunded. There should be a phone number on the bill.
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Old 07.05.2009, 22:59
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33+10+10=CHF53. This is Swiss Post GLS fee if VAT is >CHF5. I feel your pain... If VAT was miscalculated you should contest charges but it boils down to about 10 bucks you might get refunded. There should be a phone number on the bill.
Well that's the dodgy thing right there. Since when is the VAT on EUR23 = CHF5. By my calculation EUR23 = CHF35, VAT of 7.5% on CHF35 = CHF2.62. The attached VAT invoice calculates the VAT amount on CHF78. WHere do they get CHF78 from when the actual invoice supplied to them and then sent on to me clearly says EUR22.50. I' have no problem paying what is owed but when this happens I get REALLY angry.
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Old 29.05.2009, 17:17
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

As the author of this thread I can happily report that my parcel from Amazon UK has arrived.

I know that many of you have been suffering from insomnia and anxiety attacks worrying whether my parcel would arrive duty free. Well I can report that my 5 CDs did indeed escape the evil Swiss tax man!

Thanks for your replies, which I would summarize to the following rules:
Keep CDs or DVDs below a value of 66CHF.
Keep Books below a value of 209CHF.
Choose the snail-mail option for your delivery.
Be aware that the Swiss Post reserve the right to make up their own rules each day.
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

just found this thread as I am needing to do a large Amazon book order. Working as an academic means books are necessary and english language books are problematic. Still, seems to be there is a business opportunity here for someone living in Evian. Amazon UK ships to Amazon fr within EU no duty. Let us folks on the north shore of Lac Leman use your address, we'll hop on the boat and get the books or whatever. Deal? Anyone?
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Old 16.02.2011, 12:53
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

Why not check out www.bookdepository.co.uk instead.

They offer free shipping to CH so you don't need to group book orders to reduce the shipping cost (you could order book by book if you wanted to). They ship by UK post which is normally five days to CH. Just keep the order below CHF 209 (as stated above) so you are not liable for VAT.
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

Can't seem to find out what I need to know as almost everyone talks about books and cds on Amazon threads.

I want to order a toy from Amazon.de. It is priced at CHF 30. Will that be ok if sent in the post? It is under the threshold of CHF 62, but never sure if takes a hit as it is a particular product type.
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Old 28.01.2012, 22:17
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Can't seem to find out what I need to know as almost everyone talks about books and cds on Amazon threads.

I want to order a toy from Amazon.de. It is priced at CHF 30. Will that be ok if sent in the post? It is under the threshold of CHF 62, but never sure if takes a hit as it is a particular product type.
As long as the postage is less than 32 CHF, you'll be fine. (The threshold is price + postage and packaging costs).
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

Funnily enough, I ordered it and the list price is EUR 24.98. It was free delivery. They only billed me EUR 20.99. Wonder if that is to do with having it delivered to CH.

Anyway, not complaining!
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

Because they take off the German VAT as it is being delivered outside the country...Enjoy!

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Funnily enough, I ordered it and the list price is EUR 24.98. It was free delivery. They only billed me EUR 20.99. Wonder if that is to do with having it delivered to CH.

Anyway, not complaining!
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Old 20.04.2012, 00:07
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

Doh! Have a laugh at Oldmanc and take a peek at Mrs OM's lingerie as we got stung:

http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-lif...ax-charge.html
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

I know this is an old thread, but if i order a book off Amazon.uk will i be able to pay for it at the post office (i don't have a credit card) and will there be much more to pay. The book is priced at £7.99.

Or if one of you nice kind people could do the transaction for me, i would buy you a beer or coffee or a cake.

I am a total virgin when it comes to online shopping.
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Old 08.10.2014, 19:21
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if i order a book off Amazon.uk will i be able to pay for it at the post office (i don't have a credit card) and will there be much more to pay.
Or if one of you nice kind people could do the transaction for me, i would buy you a beer or coffee or a cake.
Post office? Unlikely.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/cust...?nodeId=502572

Get a good friend to buy you a gift card: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/cust...?nodeId=502572

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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

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dredging up an old thread as wondering if anyone has any recent experience with duty / import taxes with Amazon.co.uk?

I'm trying to buy quite a few things - TV, Printers, etc... I know there is conrad, digitec, and even en.toppreise.ch for price comparisons, however their website design is awful, hard to navigate, and honestly would rather buy from Amazon given their service - even though delivery might be a little longer coming from abroad.

Appears from this thread the CH duty isn't charged if buy less than c.30 EUR. What about if the item is c. £500? UK VAT will be removed and I pay the CH duty? It should basically then net each other out, right?
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Hi-
dredging up an old thread as wondering if anyone has any recent experience with duty / import taxes with Amazon.co.uk?

I'm trying to buy quite a few things - TV, Printers, etc... I know there is conrad, digitec, and even en.toppreise.ch for price comparisons, however their website design is awful, hard to navigate, and honestly would rather buy from Amazon given their service - even though delivery might be a little longer coming from abroad.

Appears from this thread the CH duty isn't charged if buy less than c.30 EUR. What about if the item is c. £500? UK VAT will be removed and I pay the CH duty? It should basically then net each other out, right?
Firstly you should check whether the items can even be shipped to Switzerland from the UK. I had a quick check on a TV and it's not possible and it may be the same for the other items you want. However, Amazon also do a import fees deposit scheme where you pre-pay the import.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/cust...deId=200556780

Have you looked at places like MediaMarkt, Interdiscount, Fust, etc? They often have good deals and can work out cheaper than in the UK.

Frankly, we've found more often than not that most electronic stuff is cheaper here than in the UK.
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Electrical goods are normally cheaper here. Ordering tv etc from UK is sheer madness given the hassle and addition taxes etc
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Re: Duty charges with Amazon UK

I've found that Amazon won't send most electricals outside of the country's online-shop (e.g. .co.uk or .de) or the EU.

However I was surprised to find an exception - just had a mini hifi system delivered from Amazon.de, less 19% MWST and pre-paid the CH import duties. Amazon handled everything and saved 150 bucks on what is 650 in CH.

In my experience, however, there is very little or nothing to be saved when buying low-to-medium priced electricals from an online shop outside of CH and if stuff went kaput potentially harder to resolve.

You might be able to save 11% and have a store to complain to if stuff happens by shopping across the border in person.
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However I was surprised to find an exception - just had a mini hifi system delivered from Amazon.de, less 19% MWST and pre-paid the CH import duties. Amazon handled everything and saved 150 bucks on what is 650 in CH..


You were charged "Import Fees Deposit" ? And it was accurate - they didn't charge more?


I'm thinking about buying a tomtom satnav that won't be cheaper than here but the model is slightly different.
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You were charged "Import Fees Deposit" ? And it was accurate - they didn't charge more?


I'm thinking about buying a tomtom satnav that won't be cheaper than here but the model is slightly different.
We've used this option many times with Amazon and never had to lay more. Usually we get some money reimbursed.
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