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avoiding import taxes

Hi guys,

I recently tried to order some thing off Amazon.de for my pet as it is considerably cheaper than anywhere in switz. I encountered 2 problems:

1. Some of the companies won't actually ship to Switzerland
2. Import tax will have to be paid on any items over 62 CHF (which includes shipping I believe), and my total will exceed this amount.

Does anyone know of somewhere I can get these items delivered in Germany or France? I don't drive so it would have to be accessible via foot/ public transport.

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Re: avoiding import taxes

get it delivered to the post office in france or germany, in the rheincentre the news agent has a huge sign advertising package delivery, there are various package depots in weil that will accept packages for a few euro.

however look in the rheincentre, you do know there is a huge pet supply shop ?
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Re: avoiding import taxes

Ah great, thanks for your response! Sounds perfect. Only been to the Rheincenter twice and this was around 3 years ago I hear it's open 'til 10pm during the week though so will definitely check it out before I go doing any ordering.
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Re: avoiding import taxes

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1. Some of the companies won't actually ship to Switzerland
2. Import tax will have to be paid on any items over 62 CHF (which includes shipping I believe), and my total will exceed this amount.
1. is a problem. For 2., it depends on the value if it's better to pay the Swiss import tax or the German VAT. If you ship to DE you pay german VAT 19%. If you send to CH, you save 19%, but have to pay 12 CHF + 3% + 8% (swiss VAT), so this can actually be cheaper for expensive stuff. I have paid countless times the import tax and ended up paying less cmpared to sending it to friends in France

PS: Also if goods are over CHF 300 one will have to pay duty when bringing in the stuff on foot too.
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Re: avoiding import taxes

Most people here use LAS Burg.
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Re: avoiding import taxes

Thanks guys, this is really helpful. The items themselves are not so expensive..maybe 60 Euros in total.

I'll have a hunt around those sites and at Marktkauf this week and let you know how I get on.
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Re: avoiding import taxes

Remind anyone who sends you stuff as presents, etc, not to put value over around 50 CHF/£/$! My cousin in AZ sent me a handmade, hand embroidered hanging mural today as a present- and she put value 150$ on the declaration- so had to pay 39.15 in tax for the pleasure of receiving it. And a few months ago OH left a pair of moleskin trousers at his sister's and she sent them to us, and put estimated value of £80 - despite them being well used ... and bingo- had to pay too. Annoying, but hey ho - our postman is a really nice guy was VERY apologetic but said there was nothing he could do.
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Re: avoiding import taxes

The maximum tax free amount for gifts is 100chf NOT including postage. Postal fees do not count in the total for gifts.

It is very important that the sender labels the item as a gift and declares a value inferior to 100chf.


https://www.post.ch/fr/entreprises/i...0les%20cadeaux

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