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Old 16.08.2007, 10:54
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Swiss customs when buying furniture in Germany

Hello,

I am planning to buy furniture in Germany for about 4000 CHF.
How does ist work when I want to import things into CH?

I know that I have to own the stuff 6 month to get them in taxfree.
When I moved here 9 month before, I declared to the custom guys that my
list is complete, that I do not have anything up to come later on.
Am I/is the sequence registred in some customs record? Beside I think it
doesnt work whereas one could see thats this stuff is brand new.

So I think I have to pay customs duty. What is the rate for that?
How does it work with VAT?

In Germany I pay 19% VAT that I can get back at the border, right?
With that money I could not pay the rate CH wants from me, do I?

Basically...what is the best way to keep the costs at lowest on that project?

Thanks for your help!

(Why I dont buy stuff in CH? Is ist worth it? Yes¨Because my brother has his own transport business and logistics of near future allow him to order one of his drivers to catch the furniture in Hamburg and bring it down to Zürich for free.)
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Re: Swiss customs when buying furniture in Germany

Step 1. Buy for export and get the papers for this. They will need stamping at the border
Step 2. Pay Swiss tax at the border and get your stamp
Step 3. Return stamped form to company and get tax back

You might actually find it's cheaper and easier to go to somewhere like Waldshut where they will do it for you and give you a price, delivered.
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Re: Swiss customs when buying furniture in Germany

thanks.

no waldshut, the furniture is exactly what i want, was looking for (most important my GF and i could agree with about ) and i dont have to do anything but getting this tax-thing sorted out. my brother for sure knows how to do it, but i wanted to know how much money i have to calculate with on that process.
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Re: Swiss customs when buying furniture in Germany

I bought furniture in Munich last year. If I recall correctly, at the border I received approx 19% back from German's for VAT and paid approx 7.9% to Swiss. Net savings was substantially more than 9% as the furniture was much cheaper in Germany. I transported it myself, so no additional charges.

Make sure you go through customs during working hours or you might not get your money back.

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no waldshut, the furniture is exactly what i want, was looking for (most important my GF and i could agree with about ) and i dont have to do anything but getting this tax-thing sorted out. my brother for sure knows how to do it, but i wanted to know how much money i have to calculate with on that process.
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Re: Swiss customs when buying furniture in Germany

yes, your are absolutely right! the sofa is worth 2500 euro and they sell it
for 800 euro, just get rid of it, to shift space in their storage. beside they do have design originals on sale to ridicoulous prices. lamps from 300 to 99euro and so on...the savings plus free transport are unbeatable.
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Re: Swiss customs when buying furniture in Germany

What store are you talking about when you mention the sofa for such a large discount?
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