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Old 27.11.2019, 07:31
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Avoiding import duties on item returned after repair

I am sending a pair of my boots for resole in the US. What instruction do I give them, when returning the boots, so that I do not have to pay import duties?
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Old 27.11.2019, 08:29
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Re: Avoiding import duties on item returned after repair

You have to pay VAT on the repair and postage.

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I am sending a pair of my boots for resole in the US.
Very eco-friendly.

Tell them to mark it on the package and customs forums as a repair/return and not a sale.
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Old 27.11.2019, 10:40
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Re: Avoiding import duties on item returned after repair

As Tom says, you will have to pay import VAT on the total service cost (repair + postage). Declared value has to be this cost, accompanied by a detailed bill where it is clear that it was a repair service and the weight of the new soles.

Problem is that it is from the US and Boots. This means not only tax but also duty might be charged if the package weights more than 2.96 kg (considering they are leather boots covering the ankle) and Post does not follow the correct procedure. Correctly duty should only be charged on the weight off the new, added stuff.

Special problems and extra costs if the boots are made of elephant, hippopotamus, peccary, bird, reptile or amphibian skin as this falls under the CITES regulations. This can costs you at least CHF 88 in customs charges.

In addition to the above there are some formalities which must followed. For example if you strictly follow the book you will need pre-autorization from Swiss customs which costs at least CHF 20. https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...g-traffic.html

Get in contact with the Federal Customs Administration and ask them how you should proceed as a private individual, and how it should be declared on the package.
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...itzerland.html

In addition to the above the shipping provider will charge you various handling fees. If it is the Post they will charge you:
CHF 16.00 base fee
3% on the value to be declared.
CHF 50.00 if falls under the CITES regulations
and potentially CHF 25.00 for Special clearance as processed good.
https://www.post.ch/en/receiving-mai...ce-fees#preise
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As Tom says, you will have to pay import VAT on the total service cost (repair + postage). Declared value has to be this cost, accompanied by a detailed bill where it is clear that it was a repair service and the weight of the new soles.

Problem is that it is from the US and Boots. This means not only tax but also duty might be charged if the package weights more than 2.96 kg (considering they are leather boots covering the ankle) and Post does not follow the correct procedure. Correctly duty should only be charged on the weight off the new, added stuff.

Special problems and extra costs if the boots are made of elephant, hippopotamus, peccary, bird, reptile or amphibian skin as this falls under the CITES regulations. This can costs you at least CHF 88 in customs charges.

In addition to the above there are some formalities which must followed. For example if you strictly follow the book you will need pre-autorization from Swiss customs which costs at least CHF 20. https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...g-traffic.html

Get in contact with the Federal Customs Administration and ask them how you should proceed as a private individual, and how it should be declared on the package.
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...itzerland.html

In addition to the above the shipping provider will charge you various handling fees. If it is the Post they will charge you:
CHF 16.00 base fee
3% on the value to be declared.
CHF 50.00 if falls under the CITES regulations
and potentially CHF 25.00 for Special clearance as processed good.
https://www.post.ch/en/receiving-mai...ce-fees#preise
So the conclusion is: buy new boots
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Old 27.11.2019, 10:44
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So the conclusion is: buy new boots
Or get them resoled somewhere more local.
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Old 27.11.2019, 11:59
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Re: Avoiding import duties on item returned after repair

Thanks all. Man that sounds complicated! On top of the original repair and postage costs I'm looking at more than the boots cost new! Anyone who knows about breaking in boots will know that this might be worth it!

I'm going to the US in Feb, so I might wait until then!
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Old 27.11.2019, 12:00
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Or get them resoled somewhere more local.
If anyone knows somewhere good in Zug/Zurich. The work I have experienced so far has been expensive and not very good.
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Thanks all. Man that sounds complicated! On top of the original repair and postage costs I'm looking at more than the boots cost new! Anyone who knows about breaking in boots will know that this might be worth it!

I'm going to the US in Feb, so I might wait until then!
Buy new ones and then sign up to be the first customer for my 'breaking in new boots as a service' start-up.
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Old 27.11.2019, 13:11
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Buy new ones and then sign up to be the first customer for my 'breaking in new boots as a service' start-up.
You really want that job?!!!
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