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Old 12.10.2019, 17:37
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Customs for keyboard overseas

Iím looking to get a Ducky One 2 TKL RGB with US layout, and it seems that ordering from US or UK is the only way. Along with a wooden Onyx Glorious wrist-rest the cost (including shipping) is about $200. Is it still going to be taxed in customs and if yes, how much?
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Old 12.10.2019, 17:45
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Iím looking to get a Ducky One 2 TKL RGB with US layout, and it seems that ordering from US or UK is the only way. Along with a wooden Onyx Glorious wrist-rest the cost (including shipping) is about $200. Is it still going to be taxed in customs and if yes, how much?
Yes. And:

https://www.englishforum.ch/search2.php?q=customs

Just type in customs in the right hand box or check this:

https://www.ch.ch/de/schweizer-zoll/
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Old 12.10.2019, 18:09
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Re: Customs for keyboard overseas

Thanks for the heads up although I did do a quick forum search, but I couldn’t find anything about keyboards in particular, closest threads were about laptops. Which I regarded as irrelevant, because a laptop costs more than 300 CHF, and i thought you can import goods up to 300 CHF of value without being taxed (limits on quantities apply for food/drinks); is this not true anymore?
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Old 12.10.2019, 18:21
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i thought you can import goods up to 300 CHF of value without being taxed (limits on quantities apply for food/drinks); is this not true anymore?
If you bring it yourself. Not if you have it shipped. Always been this way.

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Old 12.10.2019, 18:58
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If you bring it yourself. Not if you have it shipped. Always been this way.

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Ah, now I see why it’s recommended to send it somewhere near the boarders - so that you pick it up yourself.

Tbh I can’t say I understand the underlying logic, but it wouldn't make any difference anyway.
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Old 12.10.2019, 19:06
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Ah, now I see why itís recommended to send it somewhere near the boarders - so that you pick it up yourself.

Tbh I canít say I understand the underlying logic, but it wouldn't make any difference anyway.
Even that makes no sense. 20%+ foreign VAT vs. 7.7% Swiss VAT.

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If you bring it yourself. Not if you have it shipped. Always been this way.

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Sorry to bring back the post, but i thought to go the extra mile(s) -literally- and buy the keyboard from a shop in Germany. It costs about 150 euros. Would declaring it at the customs get me ~17 Euros back from the taxes (i.e. the difference 19 - 7.7 = 11.3%) ?
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Old 30.10.2019, 20:21
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Sorry to bring back the post, but i thought to go the extra mile(s) -literally- and buy the keyboard from a shop in Germany. It costs about 150 euros. Would declaring it at the customs get me ~17 Euros back from the taxes (i.e. the difference 19 - 7.7 = 11.3%) ?
Why don't you just ask Digitec if they can import it for you. I once did that with a printer and they added it to their Sortiment.
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Old 30.10.2019, 20:27
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Sorry to bring back the post, but i thought to go the extra mile(s) -literally- and buy the keyboard from a shop in Germany. It costs about 150 euros. Would declaring it at the customs get me ~17 Euros back from the taxes (i.e. the difference 19 - 7.7 = 11.3%) ?
You tell the shop when you buy the keyboard you wish to export it to Switzerland. They fill in a form, and you pay the full amount. You fill in your details on the form. You get the form stamped by the German customs on the German side of the border. There will be queue. You will need your residency permit. You then import the keyboard. If it is value, without MWST, at more then 300CHF, then you must declare it to Swiss customs, and pay Swiss MWST.

On return to the shop, you present them with the stamped form, and they give you the German MWST back.
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Old 30.10.2019, 20:59
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Re: Customs for keyboard overseas

@NotAllThere: Oh, that’s quite a process... but are my calculations correct, i.e. you get the difference of VATs back? Because if yes, then I’d rather not get into this trouble for 17 euros.

@robBob: I did, but unfortunately they bring it only with German or Swiss layout. In fact I asked all Ducky’s official retailers in Switzerland, but none brings it with US layout, which is what I want - hence the whole fuss.
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Old 30.10.2019, 21:55
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Re: Customs for keyboard overseas

No. For a Ä150 keyboard, you do not get the difference back. Clue: re-read what I wrote and understand that Ä150 is considerably less than 300 Francs.
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You tell the shop when you buy the keyboard you wish to export it to Switzerland. They may agree to fill in a form, [...]
OP, it's the seller's choice. Not all will, you may want to get clarification before actually buying.

PS:
Did you consider ldlc.com already?

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