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Import Duties - Winter Wheels from Germany

Has anybody imported a complete car winter wheel set (rims and tyres) into Switzerland from Germany recently, for personal use?

What were the import duties? I assume there will be 7.7% VAT regardless...
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Re: Import Duties - Winter Wheels from Germany

From this page (section "Vehicle parts, tyres, wheels, rims, bicycles and bicycle trailers"), it would look like tires are just normal "personal stuff", I did not see any specific dutiables.
So I think it's the VAT and that's pretty much it.
Remember that it will kill the 300chf duty-free limit, so say you bought a couple of bottles of beer since you are already in Germany - you will have to pay VAT on those too
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Re: Import Duties - Winter Wheels from Germany

Don't know about complete wheels, but I bought winter and summer tyres from this lot, half the price that BMW quoted me for the same Pirelli brand, one set delivered to my house and one direct to the installer who charged me 50 CHF to fit.

http://www.reifendirekt.ch/
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Has anybody imported a complete car winter wheel set (rims and tyres) into Switzerland from Germany recently, for personal use?
Will you import them personally or get them shipped? If you import them yourself you should get them mounted on the car as otherwise you can not get back the German VAT.

Duty depends on the place of manufacture. Most goods manufactured in the EU or China are duty free. Only import VAT of 7.7% has to be paid if above the applicable threshold. For detail check the Tares database https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...f---tares.html
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It goes without saying make sure they are compliant to Swiss standards otherwise fork out another 500 odd chf.
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It goes without saying make sure they are compliant to Swiss standards otherwise fork out another 500 odd chf.
All branded tyres shipped from Germany are Swiss compliant as they are also EU compliant...there is no difference, the delivery costs and tax are included in the price e.g. I paid the following:

Artikel: Pirelli P Zero runflat 275/35 R20 102Y XL MOE, runflat
Stückzahl: 2
Einzelpreis: CHF 293.19
Gesamtbetrag brutto: CHF 586.38
Darin enthalten 7.7 % MwSt = CHF 41.92
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Gesamtbetrag netto: CHF 544.46

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Endsumme: CHF 586.38

Now that's even competitive to UK prices
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We are talking about wheels. A wheel consists of a rim and a tyre. If the rim size (diameter, width, offset, etc. ) or material is not listed on the CoC/type approval you will need an additional paper.

Also you are limited what tyre size you can mount on the rim. Extreme stretching is not allowed (guideline is the ETRTO standards manual) and change in diameter cannot be more than +/- 5% away from the standard tyre.
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Re: Import Duties - Winter Wheels from Germany

Thanks for the input folks.

Will likely go with OEM wheels - more pricey, but will avoid all the other potential hassles. Price difference is substantial between Germany and here, especially when subtracting the German VAT. Obviously need to add back in the 7.7% Swiss VAT, but it seems from your responses that that is it.
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Re: Import Duties - Winter Wheels from Germany

Last season I bought a full OEM set from https://www.werksraeder24.de/ With 200 CHF shipping from Germany and Swiss VAT added they were still CHF1,500 cheaper than local! There was no duty as they were made in the EU.
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Last season I bought a full OEM set from https://www.werksraeder24.de/ With 200 CHF shipping from Germany and Swiss VAT added they were still CHF1,500 cheaper than local! There was no duty as they were made in the EU.
Thanks, good to get confirmation on the duty exemption
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