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Old 20.05.2009, 13:43
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Re: DHL and customs on gift?

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The good news is that it is hit or miss whether customs will actually inspect your packages or not to charge you. We had several packages in a row mailed to us with no charges - then the last 2 times, we got hit with charges of 130CHF and 70CHF to pick up our packages (for baby things that my wife's parents shipped themselves - marked gift and everything). The explanation given is that those items would have cost a lot more in Switzerland so this is how they protect their vendors.
What?? Swiss customs can just look at items in a package and decide that these onesies or baby rompers would have cost 20CHF instead of the $5 declared??? Seriously?? Seems kind of random and would depend on who the customs official is on that day. Or do they call a local children's clothing shop in Switzerland and ask how much each of the baby items costs at that shop?

Or am I not understanding what you wrote?
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