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Old 30.10.2007, 14:48
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

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I had the same thing happen to me today. My mother-in-law send a gift for my son's birthday. The package doesn't appear to be opened but it has a Customs Declaration on it claiming a gift worth $100. When I went to pick up the package I had to pay $20! 1/4 of the value. I also received another package today for his birthday from a friend. It cam via UPS no declaration sticker and I didn't have to pay anything for it. I am so confused.... Do they only bill you for declared items? Will I get a bill in the mail later for the UPS gift?
100 USD = 116 CHF therefore duty payable.

With courier firms like UPS you will receive a bill from them rather than Customs if duty is due - they pay the duty, you pay them.
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