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Old 20.05.2009, 13:55
JHosche JHosche is offline
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Re: DHL and customs on gift?

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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?
Nah you pretty much understand it - they'll unwrap presents within boxes (happened to us at Christmas), and I'm not sure just how they determine the price exactly but I'd guess it would depend on the customs official who looks in your package that given day. They searched our packages at Christmas time - but then never charged us customs fees so yeah, I'd lean towards it being dependent on who was doing the looking.
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