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Old 16.12.2007, 00:09
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

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The 100 Fr. threshold is only for items declared as gifts.
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Twice this week I've been hit with customs charges for Xmas gifts received...
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The limit is 65 Fr., not 100! And that's 65 Fr. including shipping costs.
Which is the limit for gifts? (The items I received were clearly marked as gifts on the customs declaration.)
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Old 16.12.2007, 00:25
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books are tax-free
I don't think so. I have receipt for books bought here which clearly states 2.4% MWST (VAT).

However I believe that under some limit or other, customs do not charge this for books. It's simple - the receipt for books I bought in a local shop says I paid CHF 58.40, of which 1.37 was MWST. It is not economical for customs to bother charging you for the odd imported book or two, although they definitely would if you imported a large quantity of them.

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Old 16.12.2007, 00:48
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

Here's the info that I know of from working in the mail order business and can be found here http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

1) If the MWSt (VAT) is less than 5 francs collectible than Customs will not collect. This equates to about 65.70 francs value on normal goods (VAT of 7.6%) and just over 200 francs value on books (VAT of 2.4%).

2) The above ONLY applies to receiving goods from COMMERICAL sources. If you receive something from a private person: ie- Grandma sending you some DVDs then the limt goes up to 100 francs, so that it would be 7.60 francs collectible. If you receive something from winning something on e-bay then techincally rule 1 applies (65.70 francs).

3) You will be charged more money depending on WHO delivers the item to you. Cheapest: Postal Service. They will charge you a 10 franc fee for processing if you have to pay the VAT. Expect to pay much more from FedEx, DHL, etc.

4) If customs has to open the package to determine the value then expect to be hit with more fees.

5) Shipping is part of the cost of the item so of course it is included in any VAT calculation.


Bottom line: The person who got something from Amazon, even though it may be a gift from someone else, you received it commercially (it never touched their hands so they never paid any tax) therefore rule one from above applies and not the 100 francs. The person who got a 150 franc book it is under the allowable limit so no charge.
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Old 20.12.2007, 19:52
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

i recently ordered some supplements from USA ...the cost was around 145$ and it was sent by USPS Priority International...but i was not required to pay anything.
i did not pay any tax or any handling charges...

i also instructed my friend to post the same supplements (same amount) as a gift via the same post...lets see how much i am required to pay (if at all) when it arrives..i would keep you guys posted..
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

I experienced a similiar scenario and I succeeded to appeal.

My points were:
1. used
2. invoice attached
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

There might be some more information here:

http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseit...cut_verzollung
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I use play.com and have never payed a tax and we have had a lot of books cds and dvd from them free delivery as well
For what it is worth, amazon.fr and amazon.de have decimated the Swiss book distribution industry. Books sent to Switzerland get VAT deducted. There is no VAT on books in the UK. If ordering English-language books you may want to compare prices and shipping costs on amazon.co.uk bearing that in mind.
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Old 31.08.2009, 22:36
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

I get hit with extras the the postoffice. Can you claim back the VAT that was paid in the UK? I haven't translated the paperwork from the PO
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Old 01.09.2009, 11:25
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

I don't have problems paying VAT or import duty, it is the 18chf administration fee for "easy customs procedure" that is extremely unfair, especially when the price and value is written on the box.
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I get hit with extras the the postoffice. Can you claim back the VAT that was paid in the UK? I haven't translated the paperwork from the PO
A VAT-registered firm shipping/posting goods outside the EU will have claimed back the VAT from HMRC. Whether they give you the money is up to them.

Nothing stops anyone from having goods mailed to "Poste Restante" at a French, German, Italian or Austrian post office near the border and collecting the goods there to bring them into Switzerland personally. There is no refund of UK VAT of course.

The Swiss Post have a Web page regarding customs clearance rules and fees: http://bit.ly/TjTcp
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Old 09.09.2009, 10:55
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

I recently got stung by this too. Item worth 117 CHF (including postage fees). Was charged VAT of 9.50CHF (fair enough with a bit of rounding) and 18 CHF admin fee.

This basically added 27.5% onto the value of the item. As I need to get more of these items from the same supplier, I'm wondering if there is a way to reduce or eliminate the admin charge? e.g. open some sort of account with the postal services etc.?
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Old 09.09.2009, 12:38
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

So lets say I had some hockey equipment shipped from canada. It's old and clearly used equipment. Not really sure of the value since it's over 2 years old. What kind of fees should I expect to incur in this situation? Does it depend on how much the value is claimed to be? It's not a gift since it was not recently purchased. Anyone know?
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Old 23.12.2009, 03:21
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

just received a package marked as "gift" with a total value of about 35 chf.
so, they calculated vat (3 chf), decided they won't take it, but still billed me for "customs duty" (7 chf) and "administrative costs" (12 chf). is this normal?
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

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just received a package marked as "gift" with a total value of about 35 chf.
so, they calculated vat (3 chf), decided they won't take it, but still billed me for "customs duty" (7 chf) and "administrative costs" (12 chf). is this normal?
Yes, they are charges for their services:
Charging VAT; with a few exceptions, Swiss Post International invoices list the individual components, without Swiss VAT. What’s the reason for these differences? Why do I have to pay VAT at 7.6% on individual components?

As a general rule, all services relating to an import item are subject to VAT, whether the services relate to carriage of the items or customs clearance. According to customs requirements, all services rendered before and during the actual customs clearance process are included in the VAT value and taxed accordingly (such as clarifications of value, actual customs clearance etc.). Services which do not take place until after customs clearance and cannot be foreseen are taxed at 7.6% on Swiss Post International invoices.

This is from the Post's FAQs: http://www.post.ch/post-startseite/p...l.htm#txt32988

Prices Import customs

Import duties and customs charges paid cash on delivery:

Letters and parcels
Price (CHF)
Simplified customs clearance
18.--
Regular customs clearance
35.--
Courier
Price (CHF)
EMS-Import
35.--
Import duties and customs charges paid by invoice:

Letters and parcels
Price (CHF)
Simplified customs clearance
13.--
Regular customs clearance
30.--
Courier
Price (CHF)
EMS-import
30.--
An additional commission of 2% for Swiss Post advancing payment for import duties (VAT and customs duties) will be charged (min. CHF 2 per consignment).
If the recipient has a ZAZ account (centralized settlement procedure), the import duties can be charged directly to this account. In such cases, the commission for advancing payments is waived.
Additional services
Price (CHF)
Inspection
6.--
Storage
10.--
Value-added services
Price (CHF)
Transit clearance
25.--
Transhipment clearance
80.--
Specialist clearance (Carnet ATA etc.)
25.--
The services set out here are part of the criteria for determining import VAT levied by the Federal Customs Administration.
From: http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseit...ernational.htm
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Old 23.12.2009, 10:37
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

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just received a package marked as "gift" with a total value of about 35 chf.
so, they calculated vat (3 chf), decided they won't take it, but still billed me for "customs duty" (7 chf) and "administrative costs" (12 chf). is this normal?
Yup.

There's a service in Wiel-am-Rhein (http://www.serviceadresse.com/).

Basically, they give you a postal address that can signed parcels delivered (so it is a step up from a post box) that is within the EU. It then costs you between €2-8 to pick up stuff (depending on size). You can be notified by sms (costs) or email (free) when packages arrive for you.

It is just over the border, so easy to get to and means you can avoid paying taxes on stuff if you are not sure whether the authorities are going to get you. Obviously, you can't claim tax back in this situation, but for large second-hand purchases, and indeed postage for things purchased in Germany (e.g. ebay.de) and the EU, it is useful.
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Old 24.12.2009, 02:31
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Yes, they are charges for their services:
Your link says that private gifts are not taxed if the value is less than 100.- chf; also, the item is not taxed if the tax comes under 5 chf.
In my case the value was 35 chf, and they charged for customs duty as well as for customs administration fees (total 19 chf), although not for VAT.


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Yup.
There's a service in Wiel-am-Rhein (http://www.serviceadresse.com/).
I'm more interested in the "Yup" part. I'd like to know how this works.
And yes, I know about the many services along the border which will keep your parcel for a fee; a free alternative is to use either Hermes Paketshop (shop2shop delivery within Germany is free for the recipient and cheaper than DHL for the sender), or DHL Packstation (you have to register with German postal address though).
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

Looks like the others have clarified the procedure so I'd like to give one example and my opinion. Just ordered 7euro plus 19euro for transport for food stuff from France and received customs bill more than the cost of the goods ! I am not looking forward to the one for the Easter eggs my mum send from England I think Switzerland has these fees to stop you ordering stuff from abroad and to protect their own industry. All this EU non EU export duty is a distraction but you can go across the boarder and purchase plenty of things tax free, and if you take old stuff on the train into Switzerland they never check it - never checked me - and you can transport as much as you can carry
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<snip> I am not looking forward to the one for the Easter eggs my mum send from England </snip>
Does your Mum know about Swiss chocolate at all?

You should send her some tea bags...
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

yes I know she has sent me a 3 teapots and 2 belts n the post, I think the Alzheimer's is starting to kick in. She also sent us some Open University course books that were not urgent by DHL costing a small fortune and of course here was the tax bill on top. Oh I found a form to question the post office regarding your delivery it says it is only for commercial deliveries but I gave it a try will give an update when I get it on my 7euro french food link http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseit...g-logistik.htm
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Re: Paying tax on a gift sent to me??

Swiss Post rang on my bell this morning looking for 26,30 CHF before they would hand over a parcel my mother had sent for my daughter. I was furious at having to hand over so much money to receive a gift worth 55 quid but reluctantly handed over the cash. When I had calmed down, I looked up the EF to see if there was anything I could do and found this post. I saw that I was entitled to receive gifts to the value of 100 CHF. 55 pounds + 3 pounds postage was under 100 CHF! I rang the number which was on the docket I was given by the postman prepared to get into a discussion about exchange rates. I began the conversation by saying I was entitled to receive gifts to the value of 100 CHF and before I could continue the man on the phone said that was correct and the parcel I had received was worth 91 CHF so if I could please give him my bank details he would transfer the money to my account!! I was absolutely astounded. I can't help feeling they were trying to pull a fast one on me to see if they could get away with charging me tax where no tax was due! I would like to thank everyone for the very helpful information in this post and at the same time warn people to double check if they really have to pay up when the Swiss Zollverwaltung claims they should.
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