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Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

I received a parcel from the UK this morning, which was fully paid up according to Royal Mail charges, but was presented with a bill for an additional 27.90 CHF by Swiss Post before I could take possession.

Is this typical and, if so, is there an accommodation address over the border in Germany, in Kleinhuningen perhaps, that I can register with for parcel deliveries? I live just 15 minutes away by tram, so would be more than happy to collect my post if it means avoiding a massive surcharge each time. The surcharge was actually more than the original postage, and a cost of nearly £35 for a parcel of less than 2 kilos is a bit rich!

I was going to send a parcel to Sweden, via Swiss Post, but cancelled the transaction at the post office when I was told it was going to cost £17 more than sending it from the UK, but I wasn't aware that there was a similar, or bigger, price premium applied to incoming post from Britain. I eventually sent it by DHL from Germany and it cost just €8.90

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In these situations the forum generally recommends suicide - there is little preference besides not jumping in front of a train.

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I received a parcel from the UK this morning, which was fully paid up according to Royal Mail charges, but was presented with a bill for an additional 27.90 CHF by Swiss Post before I could take possession.

Is this typical and, if so, is there an accommodation address over the border in Germany, in Kleinhuningen perhaps, that I can register with for parcel deliveries? I live just 15 minutes away by tram, so would be more than happy to collect my post if it means avoiding a massive surcharge each time. The surcharge was actually more than the original postage, and a cost of nearly £35 for a parcel of less than 2 kilos is a bit rich!

I was going to send a parcel to Sweden, via Swiss Post, but cancelled the transaction at the post office when I was told it was going to cost £17 more than sending it from the UK, but I wasn't aware that there was a similar, or bigger, price premium applied to incoming post from Britain. I eventually sent it by DHL from Germany and it cost just €8.90

Any suggestions gratefully accepted.

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Re: Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

The 27.90 wasn't additional postage, but an import duty. Either the items+postage were worth more than ca. 60 CHF, or the value wasn't properly indicated.

I think we've all gotten hit by it every now and then. I either use a package service across the border in Germany, or make sure everything I order is worth less than 60CHF....
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Re: Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

Ugh! Thanks for that.

The next time someone sends me a box of diamonds though Swiss Post I will ensure its stated value is only £20.

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The next time someone sends me a box of diamonds though Swiss Post I will ensure its stated value is only £20.
Note the amount is ca chf60.00 and that includes the postage cost as well.

Many of us buy things on line and know after once getting bitten, to ensure the value is less than chf60.00 including post. BTW if free post, then allow what it would be, as they will add that to the item value amount.

I believe there has been a thread in the past with different places across the border, but I can not find it. This is one place across the border Konstanz, as you are Basel, you may prefer to search your side.

www.lieferadresse-deutschland.de
open Mo-Fr 1000-1300, 1400 to 1800 Sat 900 1300


Note there are charges see the website & you have to join first to get the yellow identity card


If it and other purchases you make are worth more chf300.00 then you probably have to pay border tax, see another thread for that.
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Re: Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

A classic
Import tax on internet purchases
Duty charges with Amazon UK
Customs Duties on mail order items

and it solution
Packstation in Germany
Heads up - get a FREE german address
Cross-border post service in France
A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )
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Re: Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

For those in the Zurich area we use a box in Jetstetten , 20 mins by car from here. Takes 5 mins to set up.
Just fyi the EDEKA supermarket there , just down the street from the pick up , is completely full of Swiss (usually ZH) plated cars. I mean really full. So much for the Swiss to be nationalistic and buy only from Swiss supermarkets to "support our economy" . my arse!!
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From the title I imagined you receiving a well packaged human hand.
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Re: Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

Even if your parcel is under 60chf you can get stung.

I got hit, when the sender didn't write on the package that the postage was free, they estimated the postage and billed me. Another time I was sent a second hand MacBook Pro as a gift, clearly marked gift, wrapped in birthday paper etc… 30chf charge.
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Re: Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

I also had to pay an additional 27 chf when I ordered smthing from France
You have to check the website of the seller in the terms & conditions
But yes I was very chocked ! Never bought anything like that again
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Re: Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

It was the head of Alfredo Garcia!
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Is this typical and, if so, is there an accommodation address over the border in Germany, in Kleinhuningen perhaps, that I can register with for parcel deliveries? I live just 15 minutes away by tram, so would be more than happy to collect my post if it means avoiding a massive surcharge each time.
I use LAS Burg, in Weil am Rhein. Kleinhuningen is on Basel side, so I guess that you ment Weil am Rhein, right? I use this service very often, as I never know if there will be some charges when I have anything delivered to my address in Basel, so more often than not I get my packages delivered there (from UK, Germany, or wherever)

http://www.las-burg.de/hauptstrasse/

Cost is 2.40 EUR to receive small package. It is really good service.

Cheers!
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I also had to pay an additional 27 chf when I ordered smthing from France
You have to check the website of the seller in the terms & conditions
But yes I was very chocked ! Never bought anything like that again
It's hard to believe that such an archaic practice still exists in the 21st Century for simple parcel postage. Definitely won't be getting caught out by this little scam again.
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Lucky it was not the head of Khartoum. Would have been up to 14.59 CHF/kg.
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I use LAS Burg, in Weil am Rhein. Kleinhuningen is on Basel side, so I guess that you ment Weil am Rhein, right? I use this service very often, as I never know if there will be some charges when I have anything delivered to my address in Basel, so more often than not I get my packages delivered there (from UK, Germany, or wherever)

http://www.las-burg.de/hauptstrasse/

Cost is 2.40 EUR to receive small package. It is really good service.

Cheers!
Yes, I did mean Weil am Rhein.
Many thanks for the info and recommendation. I will investigate without delay!
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It's hard to believe that such an archaic practice still exists in the 21st Century for simple parcel postage. Definitely won't be getting caught out by this little scam again.
I think most countries have import tax…. apart from if you order from an EU country, within the EU.
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It's hard to believe that such an archaic practice still exists in the 21st Century for simple parcel postage. Definitely won't be getting caught out by this little scam again.
It is called not being part of the EU.
PS: Goes the other way as well: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/post/buying.htm
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Re: Big shock recievng a parcel this morning

So many people here; disappointed that you did not receive a humand head, arm, liver in that box ))
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It is called not being part of the EU.
PS: Goes the other way as well: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/post/buying.htm
Here's the really funny part, though.

The contents of the parcel was my Bamix hand-blender which I forgot to bring with me when I came to Switzerland. So, I bought the blender in Switzerland, and paid full tax on it, then went back to the UK for a couple of years, finally ending up paying tax twice for getting it back. I'm only glad I declared its value as £55 and not what I actually paid for it , otherwise the tax would have been even more.

You got to laugh about how crazy that has to be! :-)
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