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Do I need to pay tax for my own tabletnshipped from USA?

Dear all,

So I bought a new surface pro in the U.S last week during Thanksgiving, but I left it there and didn't bring it with me, and it's in my friend's place now. I am wondering if I ask my friend to ship it to me, will I need to pay custom tax?

I am worried because last time I bought a 60 Euro wllaet online and it was shipped from Italy, I ended up paid around 50 CHF for that....

I checked online but it says if it's gift, then if it's under 100 CHF then it's exempted from tax. However the tablet is my own, do I still need to pay that? I hope it will not cost too much...

Please give me some advice how to get my own tablet back. The shipping is already expensive so I hope I will not need to pay too much extra for it...

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Old 01.12.2015, 16:50
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Re: Do I need to pay tax for my own tabletnshipped from USA?

Yes you will have to pay, that's how importing stuff works. You technically would have to pay the same import tax if you bring it with you on the plane (since a surface pro is more expensive than the limits you are allowed to import duty free). The only difference is that in real life the customs cannot check each and every computer... so you get away with it.

Why do you think you should not pay because "it's yours"?
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Re: Do I need to pay tax for my own tabletnshipped from USA?

lol I guess what I said doesn't make sense....

But I find the system strange. If I bought something in Zurich, and brought it to the U.S and forgot to bring it back, then I will have to pay the taxes again?? Oh well.

So anyone know how much will it cost if the tablet and cover cost me around $1100?

If it gonna be too much I think maybe I will just return it. I just wanted an English windows but it might end up being too expansive I might just get it from here...

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But I find the system strange. If I bought something in Zurich, and brought it to the U.S and forgot to bring it back, then I will have to pay the taxes again??
No in theory. You would have bought it in Switzerland (presumably) with Swiss taxes and duty already paid and can prove it (because you have a receipt and possibly even a guarantee with the serial number on it).


Although if you tried to ship it in those circumstances you might still have fun proving it and then paying the charges the importer will try to charge you for clearing it
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Re: Do I need to pay tax for my own tabletnshipped from USA?

You wouldn't have to pay taxes if you could show proof of purchase including taxes, in Switzerland.
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