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Personal post attracting import tax

Hello and thank you.

I had my mother send over something of mine addressed to the friend that I am staying with in Zurich.

Honest as the day she was born, she filled in the declaration with the value of post $160 AUD - as that is the value of the item.

Swiss post now want to charge me (my friend actually) 30 francs to receive the post.

I have already read up and understand the reasons that they want the 30 francs for commercial imports... but the rule is misapplied in this situation - as this is my property sent to me.

I was thinking either:
1. Going to the post office and explain the situation... that it is personal post of my property. My mother has the same first initial and surname lucky, so I can show passport and license to verify connection to her.

2. Rejecting / ignoring the post and hope they return to sender.

Thoughts / experiences appreciated?????????????
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Old 16.09.2015, 14:17
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Re: Personal post attracting import tax

If you import something commercially or personally you pay import duty, MwsT and handling charges. same as any country.

If the items already belonged to you, for longer than 6 months, you could have imported them free of charge when you first moved here.
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Old 16.09.2015, 14:42
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Hello and thank you.

I had my mother send over something of mine addressed to the friend that I am staying with in Zurich.

Honest as the day she was born, she filled in the declaration with the value of post $160 AUD - as that is the value of the item.

Swiss post now want to charge me (my friend actually) 30 francs to receive the post.

I have already read up and understand the reasons that they want the 30 francs for commercial imports... but the rule is misapplied in this situation - as this is my property sent to me.

I was thinking either:
1. Going to the post office and explain the situation... that it is personal post of my property. My mother has the same first initial and surname lucky, so I can show passport and license to verify connection to her.

2. Rejecting / ignoring the post and hope they return to sender.

Thoughts / experiences appreciated?????????????

The Post Office act as a collection agency for the powers above. They won't just cancel it because you say so, the process is far more complicated involving various admninistrative bodies.

Reject it, they may send it back but your mother will ay for the return package.

Pay it, chalk it up to expericence and tell your mum to put a value of AUS$25.-- on everything else
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Old 16.09.2015, 14:47
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Re: Personal post attracting import tax

You probably know the value is A$160 plus the cost of the postage. You also have to pay Swiss post the handling charge for paying the sales and import taxes.

If you don't pay the CHF 30,-- it might be sent back, or it might be destroyed.

If your mother sends a parcel with a total value of less than CHF 60,-- (Parcel value plus the postage charge) you can escape the taxes. (Total MWSt, sales tax of 8%, is less than CHF 5,-- )

Tell her to send multiple smaller parcels!
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If your mother sends a parcel with a total value of less than CHF 60,-- (Parcel value plus the postage charge) you can escape the taxes. (Total MWSt, sales tax of 8%, is less than CHF 5,-- )

Tell her to send multiple smaller parcels!
That's what mine did. Do you know a firm who would stick the 5 pieces of a vase together again?

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Old 16.09.2015, 15:39
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Re: Personal post attracting import tax

Are you a tourist or did you relocate? If the later do you have a stamped Form 18.44 which lists the goods your mother sent you?
If you have relocated and the goods are not listed on your Form 18.44 you have to pay the import tax.
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Re: Personal post attracting import tax

But what if the OP can prove that this item has been in his possession for more than 6 months and it's just something he forgot? Contact custom authorities? I am genuinely curious.
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