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Old 09.04.2015, 17:51
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Re: Package being held hostage by private shipping

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Unless there is a border guard control a few Km inside Switzerland
This, exactly. If you have goods to declare, eg over 300CHF per person, or more meat than 1 kg per person, etc- even if the border guard waves you through, you are supposed to stop and declare- or stop by the side (there is always a car park) and declare- even if there is no-one at the border post, and you have goods to declare, you are supposed to stop and do a written declaration (there is a place with forms on the main building- clearly marked for that purpose.

The new policy now is not to man the borders, but to have patrols stopping people on all the roads further in, up to 30km in- and you will be charged and penalised with a fine on top, if you have not declared. Saying the border guard waved you through or the border was not manned, is not excuse as far as they are concerned.
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Old 09.04.2015, 18:43
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He pays 8% tax on €500 less the MWST added on by Germany.

Or.... he buys an item worth €500 in Germany and tells them he's going to export it. So they ship the item with the green form. He collects the item, and fills in his part of the green form and gets it stamped on the German side of customs. He declares it at the Swiss border and pays 8% tax on €500-German MWST. He then send the complete green form to the supplier who refunds the money on his credit card.

OK - not all will offer this service, but it's technically possible isn't it?

I did recently get stuff delivered to a German address and just paid the tax on the customs side without reclaiming the German MWST. It was still a lot cheaper and quicker than getting the stuff in Switzerland!
About "So they ship the item with the green form"
For Amazon.de and some other suppliers you just ask the Customs to stamp the invoice and then send the stamped invoice to them for a refund.
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Old 09.04.2015, 18:46
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Re: Package being held hostage by private shipping

Yep, no "green form" needed; you just need an invoice made out to you at your address in Switzerland, with the price (and MWST) clearly shown.
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