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Old 09.04.2015, 10:40
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Re: Package being held hostage by private shipping

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third party logistics company "Gebrüder Weiss AG" asking to pay CHF 147
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Very transparent billing, apparently very professional service by the logistics company who did the work, it seems.

The EUST is the "Einfuhrumsatzsteuer" (into Switzerland!) - which would be 8% of CHF 503.75 (itself comprising of the cost of the goods and any auxiliary cost such as shipping and handling charges).

Your surprise is likely based on the fact that it was not Swiss Post acting as a logistics company but some other company. That's simply due to how the sender arranged matters.

Obviously, logistics charges differ widely across providers. That is something you need to take up with the sender of the package.

Lesson learnt: When shipping items across the border into Switzerland, do make sure to have full transparency on which logistics provider is being used. The logistics provider has a massive impact on the overall cost of importing, as you noticed.
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