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Online shopping under 65 CHF

Hello, I understand that online orders from other countries are exempt from tax it the total value doesn't exceed 65 CHF.

The question is how would anyone know if the value exceeds 65 CHF or not if it is not written on the envelope?
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Re: Online shopping under 65 CHF

Than they'll open it up and estimate it themselves.
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Re: Online shopping under 65 CHF

As I understand it, it is not just the purchase price of the online order alone, but the total of the purchase price PLUS the shipping-and-packaging fees, which must not exceed Fr. 65.
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And they may charge you a fee for this inspection.
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And they may charge you a fee for this inspection.
Change that into: will charge you a fee.

Some items are exempt though (as in your can order more than 62 CHF incl shipping and packaging), I learned here that vitamin tablets and the like can be ordered up to a much higher amount. So check out what you are ordering and in what bracket that comes.
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Hello, I understand that online orders from other countries are exempt from tax it the total value doesn't exceed 65 CHF.

The question is how would anyone know if the value exceeds 65 CHF or not if it is not written on the envelope?
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As I understand it, it is not just the purchase price of the online order alone, but the total of the purchase price PLUS the shipping-and-packaging fees, which must not exceed Fr. 65.
Not quite. It's free if VAT/MwsT is less than 5.00 CHF on the whole package including delivery. So for food, books (and maybe childrens clothes?) that can be up to 200.00.

And if your supplier doesn't put a customs declaration on the packet (as they should do) the customs almost certainly will open the package to make a valuation, and charge you for their time.
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Re: Online shopping under 65 CHF

The address label used by many shippers includes an extra line. I often will insert something like “Value CHF64.99 incl postage” or a description of the goods.

And adding the extra line hasn’t prevented any package from arriving. It seems to work.

(and it’s a helpful hint to know who is selling your postal address.)
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Re: Online shopping under 65 CHF

Remember it's a bit of a lottery too..

We often have family send gifts for the kids, usually low value, some clothes from Primark, a couple of books etc.. They normally declare the value and contents correctly but sometimes they are opened and delayed, sometimes by weeks.. Usually arrive with no charge though, just the extra customs tape on the package.

I order loads of low value junk from wish.com, that never gets opened..

Last week I ordered goods of 300eur from France, not opened, no charge, arrived in 3 days.

UPS, Fedex, DPD etc virtually always charge extra, i ordered from NL last week, 250eur , UPS charged the customs fee and added 30chf for doing it.

Normal post seems to escape pretty often, you takes your chances..
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