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Old 02.09.2006, 00:06
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Import tax on internet purchases

Hello all,

Apologies if this has been covered before.

Could someone please explain how import tax works?
I've asked the Post Office but they weren't very helpful...

My understanding is that you pay VAT + customs tax (around 30.-) for anything over 65 francs...is that correct?

Could someone give me examples when importing from EU and the US?

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Re: Swiss import/customs tax?

Don't know of that 65 CHF rule but here's what I know

Upon import there's 2 things you have to pay.

VAT: 2.4 or 7.6 % depending on the product
Duty: Depending on the product. For a lot of products there's 2 duty fees. One if the country of origin is within the EU and you need a EUR1 certificate to prove that. Another one if it's not from the EU.
Usually the EU duty is a lot lower and a lot of products are duty free from within the EU.

The swiss duty tariffs can be researched online http://xtares.admin.ch/

What is it you would like to import?
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Re: Swiss import/customs tax?



http://www.englishforum.ch/general-c...hlight=customs

the search was simply for "customs"

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Don't know of that 65 CHF rule but here's what I know

Upon import there's 2 things you have to pay.

VAT: 2.4 or 7.6 % depending on the product
Duty: Depending on the product. For a lot of products there's 2 duty fees. One if the country of origin is within the EU and you need a EUR1 certificate to prove that. Another one if it's not from the EU.
Usually the EU duty is a lot lower and a lot of products are duty free from within the EU.

The swiss duty tariffs can be researched online http://xtares.admin.ch/

What is it you would like to import?
This Swiss website for tares is fecked up!
So complicated, so poor design!
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This Swiss website for tares is fecked up!
So complicated, so poor design!
You've never seen a customs tariff then?

What are you looking for?
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You've never seen a customs tariff then?

What are you looking for?
I am just trying to find out a basic information-
The minimum franchise for importing items through the post.
I want to order a silicon gel case for my new phone and a screen protecting sticker. It's like 6 dollars max in total. In swiss website it costs a fortune.

For example, it's often mentionned on this forum that for items less than 65chf they won't charge you "import admin fee" and no "vat". I don't mind paying the vat (8% whatever) on a 2dollars item, but the admin fee is a flat "30chf something" fee.

But I want to be sure of the "official law", I don't like surprises with the Swiss customs

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I think that's this chapter:
Source in English:
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_fir...x.html?lang=en
Art. 8 Marchandises en franchise

1 Sont admises en franchise:

a.
les marchandises exonérées en vertu de la LTaD1 ou de traités internationaux;
b.
les marchandises en petites quantités, d’une valeur insignifiante ou grevées d’un droit de douane minime, conformément aux dispositions édictées par le département.


Items in little quantities or insignificant value... What is the value? What is insignificant for the Swiss? Less than 10 000chf ????

2 Le Conseil fédéral peut admettre en franchise:

a.
les marchandises à exonérer en vertu d’usages internationaux;
b.
les moyens de paiement légaux, les papiers-valeurs, les manuscrits et les documents sans valeur de collection, les timbres-poste ayant valeur d’affranchissement sur le territoire suisse et d’autres timbres officiels jusqu’à concurrence de leur valeur faciale ainsi que les titres de transport d’entreprises de transports publics étrangères;
c.
les effets de déménagement, les trousseaux de mariage et les effets de succession;
d.
les marchandises destinées à des institutions de bienfaisance, à des oeuvres d’entraide ou à des indigents;
e.
les véhicules à moteur pour les invalides;
f.
les objets pour l’enseignement et la recherche;
g.
les objets d’art et d’exposition pour les musées;
h.
les instruments et appareils destinés à l’examen et au traitement de patients d’hôpitaux et d’établissements similaires;
i.
les études et oeuvres d’artistes suisses séjournant temporairement à l’étranger pour leurs études;
j.
les marchandises du trafic de la zone frontière et les animaux extraits des eaux frontières;
k.
les échantillons et les spécimens de marchandises;
l.
le matériel d’emballage indigène;
m.2
le matériel de guerre de la Confédération et le matériel de protection civile de la Confédération et des cantons.
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Re: Swiss import/customs tax?

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I am just trying to find out a basic information-
The minimum franchise for importing items through the post.
I want to order a silicon gel case for my new phone and a screen protecting sticker. It's like 6 dollars max in total. In swiss website it costs a fortune.

For example, it's often mentionned on this forum that for items less than 65chf they won't charge you "import admin fee" and no "vat". I don't mind paying the vat (8% whatever) on a 2dollars item, but the admin fee is a flat "30chf something" fee.

But I want to be sure of the "official law", I don't like surprises with the Swiss customs
No surprises with customs? Sorry, I just have to laugh a little

I doubt that any agreement between the State and Postal services would be recorded in the customs tariff, rather sure this points to a different "contract".

But concerning your issue - the customs tariff won't be of much use as the duty is charged per 100kg units.
I have taken an example (not sure if the code is correct) for your gel case - Tarifnummer: 3923.2100 is charged at CHF 49.-/100kg gross weight. Your case weighs probably less than 100 grams, right?

I noticed now some changes on the postal website regarding the import of goods, but not so sure what to make of it yet...

My advise is still to keep your purchase & postal fee at less than CHF 60.-, keep everything nicely declared and hope for the best ;-)


Ah, just found something. Postal clearance is now split between Zone A (Germany, France, Italy + Austria) and Zone B (everywhere else).
A: Clearance CHF 12.- + 3% of the value
B: Clearance CHF 16.50 + 3% of the value
maximum clearance cost of CHF 70.-

But, they also have extras, sneaky buggers....
See here and here

Plus, they do not charge duties or VAT if the cost is less than CHF 5.- - you should be safe with the exception of the clearance and possible extras..

PS - just saw your findings as well... pretty much spot on, but I guess the handling/clearance fees are slightly lower now..
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Re: Swiss import/customs tax?

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You've never seen a customs tariff then?

What are you looking for?
I just found that:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en


Exemption limit

There is no specific allowance as for travellers, but a tax-exemption limit, whereby customs duty and VAT are not levied if they amount to CHF 5.- or less per customs declaration.


So I guess they will charge admin fee as they charge 30chf!!

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Re: Swiss import/customs tax?

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I just found that:

So I guess they will charge admin fee as they charge 30chf!!

No customs clearance on gifts from one individual to another.
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Import Duties and Tariffs

Does anyone know of a website that lists all the import duties /tariffs and restrictions on importing goods into CH (preferably in English or French)

I'm interested to know why some things (not always an obvious one) seem to be so much more expensive than in other countries.

Thanks, Nick
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Re: Import Duties and Tariffs

Hi Nickj,

If you're talking about post, there's a link in English here (Swiss post).

For customs info for private people there's this page (not in English, but available in De/It/Fr) for private people.

Or for companies try here.

hope that helps!
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Re: Import Duties and Tariffs

Hi Jot,

Thanks for that, the site looks good, just need to find my way around the site and I'm sure the answers are there.

Nick.
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Re: Import Duties and Tariffs

Seeing as I just got into this here is the information I have:

www.tares.ch shows you the duty to be paid on imports. You have to click a few times to get to the right page and it is not that clear what to do when you arrive... But it is bloody good when you get the hang of it...

Interestingly more or less the whole of the duty section of the swiss government website is NOT in English...

If anybody needs any specific help or wants to know the duty and cannot work it out themselves and it is not on the little form at every border crossing then I will let you have it - so to speak...
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Re: Import Duties and Tariffs

this one though is for the us..

TariffPro – Import Duties Harmonized Tariff Schedule
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Seeing as I just got into this here is the information I have:

www.tares.ch shows you the duty to be paid on imports. You have to click a few times to get to the right page and it is not that clear what to do when you arrive... But it is bloody good when you get the hang of it...

Interestingly more or less the whole of the duty section of the swiss government website is NOT in English...

If anybody needs any specific help or wants to know the duty and cannot work it out themselves and it is not on the little form at every border crossing then I will let you have it - so to speak...
Ok, I'm just not getting the hang of this site!
I haven't found anything on textiles. Can you tell me if there is a section on importing textiles? (fabric, not finished goods)

When we import we need to pay both VAT and import duty? Is that correct? Does this page you suggest indicate how much these might be?
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Hi Nickj,

If you're talking about post, there's a link in English here (Swiss post).

For customs info for private people there's this page (not in English, but available in De/It/Fr) for private people.

Or for companies try here.

hope that helps!
Just checked out this site and the private page is available in English now
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Customs Duty on items imported into Swiss

Hi All
Wanted to know if I have to pay customs duty on items imported to Switzerland for personal use.

The Item I am planning to buy from a US-based website is NOT an electronics item. It is actually a "tripod" for my camera.

Since the consignment will be sent to my via post / DHL, how would the Zoll (Customs) office know what exactly the consignment looks like or what it contains? Incase I am charged, is there a way to get a refund?

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Wanted to know if I have to pay customs duty on items imported to Switzerland for personal use.

The Item I am planning to buy from a US-based website is NOT an electronics item. It is actually a "tripod" for my camera.

Since the consignment will be sent to my via post / DHL, how would the Zoll (Customs) office know what exactly the consignment looks like or what it contains? Incase I am charged, is there a way to get a refund?

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You are liable to pay Swiss sales tax on this item.
You won't get it back.
The merchant will declare the value of it and post or DHL will bill you for the tax plus an admin overhead.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

I don't know about UPS or USPS, but DHL has bad conditions for one time customers: Last year I ordered shirts worth 84$ in an American online store. DHL charged me:

- ca. 8 Fr. VAT/MWSt, as I expected
- 17 Fr. administrative fee
- 8 Fr. Vorlagenprovision (interest for their generousity to advance the VAT to the customs)



Their advise for frequent importers is to open a ZAZ-Konto ("Zentralisiertes Abrechnungsverfahren der Zollverwaltung"), DHL won't charge you this 25 Fr. if you have one.

There is nothing for you to get back because web shops from the US don't include VAT in their prices.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Hi all,

I am planning to buy an electric guitar worth about 2000 euros/3000 CHF from a French website. On the Swiss Customs site, they say that this kind of product is subject to

i)the usual 7.6% VAT
ii)a duty rate of 24 CHF per 100kg (that's about 5 CHF)
iii)an additional tare 20% of the net weight

So, I would expect to pay an extra amount of about 300 CHF. Is this correct or are there any additional charges I am unaware of?

Thanks.
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