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Ordering Goods from non-EU

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I am going to order somethings from Turkey. Some books and several dresses for my wife. I have a friend there and I am going to give his address for the local post there and he will send them here via DHL/fedex/ups etc because his company has an agreement to sending goods an affordable price.

Anyway, as I know, Books are tax-free up to 200 CHF and others (mostly) up to 65 CHF. Dresses cost around 100 CHF and books will cost around 30 CHF.

He can send me all goods in one package with Fedex and also can send seperately (he can make 2 packages like books+3 dresses and books+4 dresses).

I would like to keep fees as much as minimum. Could you share your experiences regarding shopping outsite of EU?

I am thinking to order them today.

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Re: Ordering Goods from non-EU

Doesn’t matter if you order from the EU or outside of it. Switzerland is non-EU so everything gets taxed regardless of origin country.

Figure out what will be more, the postage in several parcels, or the tax! Bear in mind the admin fees on top of the tax itself.
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Doesn’t matter if you order from the EU or outside of it. Switzerland is non-EU so everything gets taxed regardless of origin country.

Figure out what will be more, the postage in several parcels, or the tax! Bear in mind the admin fees on top of the tax itself.
Thank you for your reply

I see.. I saw that message.. (thats why I've asked for non-EU)

"There is a basic fee of CHF 11.50 for consignments from Germany, France, Austria and Italy, and CHF 16 for consignments from all other countries."


My friend told me that, up to 2 kg package costs 15 euro. So If I consider fees of courier companies, will be probably more than 15 euro and if they open the goods then it will cost more as I understand from the webiste https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ods-value.html

and here some costs of ups



there are many things and I do not know whether they'll charge me with them such as Entry Fee, Duty and Tax forwarding charge, Post Entry Clearance Services
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Re: Ordering Goods from non-EU

The VAT on your goods will be really small (~10 chf all together), so I think the only point is: if you think you can avoid custom fees - do that, if you can't avoid them - splitting in multiple packages won't really help.
One thing you can do to save a few bucks is to ensure that the paperwork is in order, so they won't have to open your package and charge you for that
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The VAT on your goods will be really small (~10 chf all together), so I think the only point is: if you think you can avoid custom fees - do that, if you can't avoid them - splitting in multiple packages won't really help.
One thing you can do to save a few bucks is to ensure that the paperwork is in order, so they won't have to open your package and charge you for that
each box will be under 65 CHF inc. shipment price..

What do you mean with the paperwork? Is it not enough that the sender stick a paper on the box and says, costs XX CHF incl. shipment and type: clothets?
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each box will be under 65 CHF inc. shipment price..

What do you mean with the paperwork? Is it not enough that the sender stick a paper on the box and says, costs XX CHF incl. shipment and type: clothets?
These days it is more than a sticker. An on-line declaration is necessary.

Here are the Swiss rules, I assume they expect the same for inbound shipments.

https://www.post.ch/en/sending-parce...ying-documents

Notice the requirements for invoices ...
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each box will be under 65 CHF inc. shipment price..

What do you mean with the paperwork? Is it not enough that the sender stick a paper on the box and says, costs XX CHF incl. shipment and type: clothets?
The old green sticker no longer works. A full declaration must be made with invoices attached.

Ask DHL what they charge. I've found them to be cheaper than Swiss Post. Also if you prepay the duty with them, they won't charge the fee for advancing the money. You just have to provide your credit card.

If it's your friend sending the goods to you, and not the online supplier direct, I believe no duty is payable when sent by post if the value is less than CHF 100. Have a look into this.
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If it's your friend sending the goods to you, and not the online supplier direct, I believe no duty is payable when sent by post if the value is less than CHF 100. Have a look into this.
Discussed recently when someone living in Portugal sent presents to a friend in CH. IIRC, you put the value, and mark it as a gift. Then it's up to 100CHF.

For what it is worth, I'd never use DHL to ship to CH. The few times I've used them their handling of customs has always been problematic - resulting in me pay their incorrect bills and afterwards having to argue for a refund.
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