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swiss post verzollung [import/duty charges]

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I had ordered some stuff from outside of switzerland.
The swiss post has sent me a letter (in german) saying something about "verzollungsunterlagen" and asking me to sign and clear sth(?).
The value of my package is not much just 150 fr. and probably less than 1kg.

I'm pissed off, why should i pay something to the post?? and what is the matter with the post?
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Re: swiss post verzollung

You're paying an admin fee plus import charges.

Related threads will explain lots. You could also search for import duty and so on.

Plus the limit for no tax is 60-odd francs including the postage - unless it's books.

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Re: swiss post verzollung

Yep, expect to pay tax on anything over 60 francs.

I even had to pay tax on a second hand laptop that was sent as a present by my dad. He wrapped it in gift paper, marked it as a gift, but I still paid 30chf!
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I'm pissed off, why should i pay something to the post?? and what is the matter with the post?
http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseit...ernational.htm

You'll pay a fixed fee + 3% value. You may also be charged additional costs if the value declaration on the package was missing or false.

Then they will calculate the Mwst tax (8%) based on the sum of merchandise value + postage + services.

Expect to pay approx 50 CHF total.
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Re: swiss post verzollung

How much is th import tax?
is it also same for all items? like car?
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How much is th import tax?
is it also same for all items? like car?
if you can get a car posted to you, it would be the same.

ANYTHING sent to you of value will attract attention. If it's worth over 60-odd francs, you'll pay the tax on it.

One exception I do see is Amazon deliveries as books have a higher threshold and lower tax rate.
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posting letters to uk

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Need some urgent advice. Hope someone will Reply

I'm sending a basic letter. Inside there's a transparent bag with cinnamon powder which is like to send to my mother. I took it out from the actual pot to save postage money. I've put it in a clear bag flattened it out as letter so it's cheaper


Am I allowed to do that ? Am I allowed to send cinnamon powder to uk from here?


Do I have to put my address on it?


I know there's cinnamon in uk but I found this special one and I want top send
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Re: swiss post verzollung

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if you can get a car posted to you, it would be the same.

ANYTHING sent to you of value will attract attention. If it's worth over 60-odd francs, you'll pay the tax on it.

One exception I do see is Amazon deliveries as books have a higher threshold and lower tax rate.
And food.
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Re: swiss post verzollung [import/duty charges]

the best is when they open your stuff and randomly google the value, then attach the random value to the item and demand a receipt for stuff thats clearly marked as a gift!
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Re: posting letters to uk

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Hi

Need some urgent advice. Hope someone will Reply

I'm sending a basic letter. Inside there's a transparent bag with cinnamon powder which is like to send to my mother. I took it out from the actual pot to save postage money. I've put it in a clear bag flattened it out as letter so it's cheaper


Am I allowed to do that ? Am I allowed to send cinnamon powder to uk from here?


Do I have to put my address on it?


I know there's cinnamon in uk but I found this special one and I want top send
No problem sending cinnamon powder to the UK as long as it's small quantities for personal use. You should label the plastic bag clearly indicating the contents.
You should put your address as the sender on the package.

Not quite sure why this post in in a thread about duty on importing things to Switzerland given that you are actually exporting the stuff.
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Re: swiss post verzollung [import/duty charges]

Yes but do u think they might make an issue as ive put it in a transparent soft plastic bag .looks suspicious cellotaped on each corner incase the bag breaks

They might think it's something else

It's cinnamon powder but it's cheaper to send flat letter then parcel


Let me know thanks
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Re: swiss post verzollung [import/duty charges]

Well, it should be ok if marked clearly.
But out of curiosity - why do you ship it to the UK? You can easily buy it everywhere - Tesco even has a special offer - 40G of ground cinnamon for just 50p
http://www.tesco.com/groceries/produ.../?id=254920403
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Re: posting ground cinnamon from Switzerland to uk

Here's a list of banned or restricted items. Cinnamon is not on the list. And from this page, it looks like mailing a parcel is fine so long as it's a reasonable amount for personal consumption.

So I'd be relatively comfortable sending a small parcel of cinnamon, provided it is properly labeled as to what it is and that it's for personal consumption. There's always the possibility the authorities will confiscate it, but at least with a little basic research it seems fine.
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Re: swiss post verzollung [import/duty charges]

It's not the same trust me

I bought cinnamon in UK, and in Switzerland supermarkets but they just don't have a true cinnamon taste

I was shocked when I bought this one in the Asian shop near Bern .It s amazing. I'm speechless
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