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Old 22.10.2007, 11:01
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Something to have in mind
  • You'll be charged 7.5% VAT over the declared value
  • You'll have to pay a customs "handling" fee
Be careful, this handling fee varies, if you get it shipped normally it would cost CHF10 but If you get USPS express shipping for example the handling fee will be CHF 35.-

This could be a problem if you are having something cheap shipped to you and you get a customs bill for over CHF 40.-


Also in some cases I haven't had to pay taxes because the shipper didn't declared a value, even for items that are costly and in other cases I had to pay taxes for items costing $20
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Sorry, did I understand right that every purchase made on eBay UK (for example) will be taxed when it arrives in Switzerland?? I only buy bits and bobs like dresses for my daughter or shoes for my sons (no electronics...) Even clothes will be taxed upon arrival in Switzerland?? I hope that I understood wrong, I'm an eBay addict and about to move to Lausanne!!
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Old 08.11.2007, 23:48
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Sorry, did I understand right that every purchase made on eBay UK (for example) will be taxed when it arrives in Switzerland?? I only buy bits and bobs like dresses for my daughter or shoes for my sons (no electronics...) Even clothes will be taxed upon arrival in Switzerland?? I hope that I understood wrong, I'm an eBay addict and about to move to Lausanne!!
My understanding is that any product which, if sold in Switzerland would attract value added tax (Mwst), will also attract Mwst when imported. This is what's being charged in most cases, not import duties.

On top of that, a handling fee will be charged - this varies on where the inspection is done. Normal Swiss post is cheapest, couriers such as Fedex and UPS the most expensive, with EMS (national post office express service) somewhere in between.
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

I have certainly had to go through some eBay withdrawal since I arrived here. I still use eBay, but now it is limited more to things that I just cannot get here any other way, or for things that I am making a big enough saving on to make it worth paying the import charges.

But the eBay addiction does wear off and it stops hurting over time. There is also the local equivalent with http://ricardo.ch/.

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Sorry, did I understand right that every purchase made on eBay UK (for example) will be taxed when it arrives in Switzerland?? I only buy bits and bobs like dresses for my daughter or shoes for my sons (no electronics...) Even clothes will be taxed upon arrival in Switzerland?? I hope that I understood wrong, I'm an eBay addict and about to move to Lausanne!!
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

I've found an article from the magazine Saldo. It states that all parcels with bought goods, sent to you, are subject to VAT and customs fees, except if both together aren't higher than 5 Fr. (and correctly declared on the parcel).

As I understand it, goods with a VAT of 2.4% (books) are free to import up to 208 Fr. Goods with the standard VAT of 7.6% (e.g. DVDs) are free to import up to 65.70 Fr. Everything above this limit is a gamble.
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Thanks for the reply guys... I'm gobsmacked tho. At this very moment I wish Switzerland was part of the EU, seriously.
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Thanks for the reply guys... I'm gobsmacked tho. At this very moment I wish Switzerland was part of the EU, seriously.
But then we would probably have to pay higher income tax, so it's swings and roundabouts.
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Sorry for bothering all again, but I was thinking... could I get a PO Box in France (or Germany for people closer to Germany) so when buying products within the EU we wouldn't pay 'VAT', right? Surely a PO Box can't cost much to mantain. Trying to get a way around so I don't have to give up eBay.
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Some sellers in the EU will deduct VAT if shipping to a non-EU address. So buying something from UK (17.5%) or Germany (19%), having the VAT deducted, then paying 7.6% in Switzerland isn't so bad right?
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

True, that would be too bad. I just wonder if the small guy who sells ocassionaly on eBay would do such thing. I've sent gifts from the UK to Australia and my friend didn't get taxed, I sent to a friend in Argentina about 4 different gifts over the years, and she never paid tax on them either. That's why I am surprised Switzerland is so 'efficient' in taxing everything that cross their borders.
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Australia doesn't charge any import duties or taxes on any shipment worth less than $1000. I found the UK was pretty relaxed on small shipments too. But the Swiss seem to be dedicated to collecting every last cent of tax that they are entitled to. I think that there has got to be a certain degree of protectionism going on here aswell.
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Refloating the topic, there have been any changes since 2007 regarding this?
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

No.

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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Not officially - but I've had all sorts delivered from ebay (UK and China), and customs put a little green sticker saying exempt and then the post deliver it.

The only item I had to pay clearance on was a vacuum cleaner from china (350 CHF for the cleaner), but all the rest just flies through...
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Wrong. VAT is now 8% and 2.5% respectively.
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Wrong. VAT is now 8% and 2.5% respectively.
Here's another one for you

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Not officially - but I've had all sorts delivered from ebay (UK and China), and customs put a little green sticker saying exempt and then the post deliver it.

The only item I had to pay clearance on was a vacuum cleaner from china (350 CHF for the cleaner), but all the rest just flies through...
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How much was the initial price for the vacuum cleaner that you had to pay 350 fee!
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How much was the initial price for the vacuum cleaner that you had to pay 350 fee!
The vacuum was 350, the fees I ended up paying were 60-something or 80-something... all through DHL.
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The vacuum was 350, the fees I ended up paying were 60-something or 80-something... all through DHL.
Thats an okish price to pay as fees
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

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Not officially - but I've had all sorts delivered from ebay (UK and China), and customs put a little green sticker saying exempt and then the post deliver it.

The only item I had to pay clearance on was a vacuum cleaner from china (350 CHF for the cleaner), but all the rest just flies through...
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So would you say that depending on the value of the imported goods, you have more chances to have it stopped?
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