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Old 09.04.2015, 10:56
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Re: Package being held hostage by private shipping

Your mistake, unfortunately (was this Amazon.de?), was to refuse their 55€ offer to handle everything. It's actually a good deal as they remove the German tax, add the Swiss tax and will absorb any additional charges you may get hit with and, in the case of Amazon, I believe will even refund you if the total costs turn out lower.

Another shop, rose.de (bike parts) do something similar but charge a flat 1% on the non-VAT price for doing this work. In other words, you pay their price, -19% German tax, +8% Swiss tax, +1% admin. A bargain in my opinion, and the parcels fly through customs without ever being stopped as they are correctly and clearly declared.
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