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Old 02.12.2019, 11:03
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

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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?
Obviously.

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Old 02.12.2019, 12:47
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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?
Less the value and more a combination of what it is and the declared value.

If a seller puts $1 on 120cm gong (true order), then it'll get stopped. Luckily that one was under 65chf.

If a seller puts $30 on a mobile phone, it'll get stopped and checked.

It's been a bit hit and miss lately, as it seems like sellers want to falsify the value of items. I make an effort to order in parts, so no order is over 65chf... and yet they still falsify the declared value...
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Old 02.12.2019, 13:09
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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

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Less the value and more a combination of what it is and the declared value.

If a seller puts $1 on 120cm gong (true order), then it'll get stopped. Luckily that one was under 65chf.

If a seller puts $30 on a mobile phone, it'll get stopped and checked.

It's been a bit hit and miss lately, as it seems like sellers want to falsify the value of items. I make an effort to order in parts, so no order is over 65chf... and yet they still falsify the declared value...
Is 65chf the threshold value to get VAT on it?
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Old 02.12.2019, 13:13
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Is 65chf the threshold value to get VAT on it?
Depends on if it's 7.7% VAT or 2.5% VAT, or some combination thereof..

The threshold is CHF 5 of VAT.

And don't forget the shipping costs.

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Re: Ordering eBay from abroad - customs fees?

Nothing to do with eBay but too lazy to start a new thread.


What's the max purchase limit these days for not getting hit with duty import fees on Amazon.de orders?
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Nothing to do with eBay but too lazy to start a new thread.
What's the max purchase limit these days for not getting hit with duty import fees on Amazon.de orders?
There isn't one if you are ordering with Amazon themselves as Amazon will do the customs part for you - all fees are already included. You could order something for 1'000 Euros and there'd be nothing extra to pay. It has been like this for over a year now.

If you are ordering with a marketplace seller then it's a different story. The usual limits apply just like they do for any other import by post.

CHF 65.-- for 7.7% VAT rated goods.
CHF 200.-- for 2.5% rated goods.

Above these amounts just ship to Germany and bring it across yourself. There your limit will be (for importing into CH) CHF 300.-- per person per day.
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Old 01.02.2020, 09:52
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There isn't one if you are ordering with Amazon themselves as Amazon will do the custom part for you - all fees are already included.

If you are ordering with a marketplace seller then it's a different story. The usual limits apply.

CHF 65.-- for the 7.7% VAT rated goods.
CHF200.-- for the 2.5% rated goods.

Amazon got some kind of special agreement with customs?
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Amazon got some kind of special agreement with customs?
Yes. Orders are brought into CH by Amazon. The order is given a SwissPost tracking number and is then delivered to your mailbox or wherever you want in CH like a normal domestic parcel.

https://www.amazon.de/gp/help/custom...deId=201910940

Choose an Amazon Global (Switzerland) option at the checkout for deliveries to your CH address.

The exact same thing applies on the other European Amazon websites (FR/IT/UK/ES).
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Old 01.02.2020, 11:24
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Amazon got some kind of special agreement with customs?
Not with customs. Customs only charges VAT and duty. The exorbitant fees are charged by the shipping providers. And accordingly Amazon has a special deal with Swiss Post. https://www.handelszeitung.ch/untern...er-der-schweiz

And also: https://www.amazon.de/gp/help/custom...deId=201910940

Note that the "usual limit" is actually CHF 5 of VAT due. It is defined in this ordinance with a super long name which do not quote https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...089/index.html

A similar CHF 5 limit exists for duty as defined in Art. 58 ZV-EVZ https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a58 But as most stuff, specially, non-agricultural, is duty free. It is only of actual relevance if you order stuff from the US or Australia.
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