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Re: Avoid customs charges, collect your international parcels from Constance (DE)

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Wouldn't that mean your friend would have to come through a manned border crossing? Quite a lot of hassle to put your friend through when there are so many, more convenient unmanned crossings, surely?
Bringing more than the allowed quantity/value of goods through an unmanned crossing is smuggling. Years ago when I had diplomatic privileges I didn't worry about such things. Now, retired and returned to Switzerland I remember the Douanes car that used to wait in a lay-by from time to time. And, more recently, the CCTV cameras at the pedestrian crossings near our place in Valais.

Even as a Swiss in recent years I've never had problems on those few times I've been stopped by Customs at the airport or at a road crossing once I explained that I live mostly abroad and have a vacation place here.

Twice, a few years ago, I shipped household goods to Switzerland. Once through a well-known London firm of movers who cleared Customs (and got me a VAT refund from the UK on the new stuff). And once through a mom-and-pop firm that advertised (or used to) on this site and mysteriously showed up at my door with the goods. (And said they'd "lost" the tax papers so no VAT refund, sorry. But no Swiss tax either.)
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I have a packstation registration. I've never used it here though (...)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packstation

However, it would be very convenient, assuming there are some near a border.

I assume you need a German address to register - just find someone you know who lives in Germany (you definitely don't need to be an official resident, as I was never one).
I think for Packstation you need to register from a German address and also you need to have a German mobile phone number for some verification (this was introduced relatively recent, like 1 or 2 years ago?)
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Wouldn't that mean your friend would have to come through a manned border crossing? Quite a lot of hassle to put your friend through when there are so many, more convenient unmanned crossings, surely?
All border crossings are manned, somehow. Even when they seem 'unmanned' they have constant patrols night and day. One of our EF friend has often been stopped at so called 'unmanned' border posts, and so have we - sometimes quite a long distance away. Customs officers work 24/7 on a rosta, and at night in particular they and the local police drive up and down smaller roads into France, with their French colleagues, as they are favourites with smash and grab raids on border businesses. My friend will only bring over stuff within the allowance of course - and as she usually comes with 2 children, no prob there
But normally we will go and pick up from hers- and again make sure we are always within allowance. Easy peasy.

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Wouldn't that mean your friend would have to come through a manned border crossing? Quite a lot of hassle to put your friend through when there are so many, more convenient unmanned crossings, surely?
Nearly all unmanned crossing have custom declaration forms and a mailbox available. Some crossings (for ex. in the Klettgau Region) may not be used if goods to be declared.
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

Quick update on the Poste Restante - the post office will sign for you but I haven't found it to be very useful because many internet shops will not deliver to a post office box and they consider the poste restante service to be the same thing.

Thought it might be a good way to get things delivered when the company doesn't deliver to Switzerland since I am a short boat trip from Evian, but back to the drawing board
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Quick update on the Poste Restante - the post office will sign for you but I haven't found it to be very useful because many internet shops will not deliver to a post office box and they consider the poste restante service to be the same thing.

Thought it might be a good way to get things delivered when the company doesn't deliver to Switzerland since I am a short boat trip from Evian, but back to the drawing board
The delivery restrictions shown on amazon.fr show limitations of delivery to PO boxes: http://www.amazon.fr/gp/help/custome...d=548590#boite

On the other hand I'm often in the post office at St-Gingolph (Haute Savoie) and it's always full of parcels waiting for collection. I discussed the issue with the postal clerk who assured me that so long as the parcel is sent as en recommandé ("signed for") they will accept it and hold it for collection a few days later.

If the seller is concerned about fraud there ought to be ways to resolve that. Perhaps by paying via Paypal or mandate-poste.
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

Unfortunately, like Amazon a lot of internet sites won't deliver to a PO box, so just check in the small print first before trying to use this. I bought from an online shop thinking it would be OK because Poste Restante isn't a PO box, strictly speaking, but they still refused to deliver there so just a warning for other people. Might work for private sellers.
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

Here are some helpful links, chekc out for Weil am Rhein:
https://www.deutsche-lieferadresse.com/view_filialists

http://www.grenzpaket.ch/de/deutsche...ein-stadt.html

http://www.schweiztipps.ch/lieferadr...linekauf/1277/

http://www.20min.ch/finance/news/story/24234468

http://bazonline.ch/basel/stadt/Eine...story/15290305

There is article in the well accepted Swiss Konsumentenzeitung "Beobachter" about shopping across the border : http://www.beobachter.ch/konsum/kauf...schen-adresse/
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

Is any of this actually a legal solution as your not claiming it to customs.. ?
More this seems like is there a way to cheat and not pay customs? Just wondering ...
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Is any of this actually a legal solution as your not claiming it to customs.. ?
More this seems like is there a way to cheat and not pay customs? Just wondering ...
the allowances by post are different to the allowances should you bring goods across the border personally.

some might call it a loophole.
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Re: Avoid customs charges, collect your international parcels from Constance (DE)

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I use a service like this often. It's most useful for items that are below the Swiss customs threshold but above the CHF65- postal threshold. Even if you end up paying the most expensive German VAT, it's often less than the CHF18- inspection fee plus the Swiss VAT (and certainly less hassle).

As an added sweetener, often shipping charges with the EU are cheaper (or even free) than shipping the item to Switzerland.

I bought two things by post this week -- the one for EUR800 was sent to Switzerland so that I can save the German VAT. The item that cost EUR150 and had free shipping to Germany (vs. EUR23 shipping to Switzerland) was sent to Germany and I'll carry it over the border myself.

I would like to order 15 classic Mens Shirt from England. Would you advise me to have it delivered to Konstanz and then pick it up ?
Or is there another way ?
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I would like to order 15 classic Mens Shirt from England. Would you advise me to have it delivered to Konstanz and then pick it up ?
Or is there another way ?
If they will not charge the UK VAT on the shirts, as they're being exported out of EU, and they will be shipped in one package, then it'll probably be cheaper to have them shipped directly to you in Switzerland and pay the lower taxes and the charges. The charges would amount to 1-2 CHF per shirt.
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the allowances by post are different to the allowances should you bring goods across the border personally.

some might call it a loophole.
And even if you end up paying the full tax amount, you won't be paying the inspection charges.
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If they will not charge the UK VAT on the shirts, as they're being exported out of EU, and they will be shipped in one package, then it'll probably be cheaper to have them shipped directly to you in Switzerland and pay the lower taxes and the charges. The charges would amount to 1-2 CHF per shirt.

Thanks for answering.


This is the answer I received:


"I am also pleased to let you know that we do deliver to Switzerland. Deliveries to here have a £7.50 delivery charge and typically take 7 - 10 days. You can order online, over the phone or in one of our UK stores to deliver to Switzerland.

All products are sold on a Delivery Duty unpaid basis, so please be aware that delivery outside the EU (ie. Switzerland) may have to pay import duty or other taxes. Our local delivery partners may also charge fees for processing import duties.

If you are worried about paying customs duty on orders being delivered outside of the European Union, check the custom duty threshold of the country you are sending your items to first."


Tell you the truth, I don't understand what they're talking about.
So, if you could help me out, what would you suggest ?
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

If it comes by courier DHL fed ex etc you will be hit with a large bill. If by regular post then expect the normal customs fees if the TOTAL value Inc the post is above 62chf
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

The total sum would be £237.-- should I have it sent from UK to Switzerland ?
I thought I had to go to Konstanz and fetch it there.
Would be grateful for advice.
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

Any services in the Divonne/ Gex area?
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Any services in the Divonne/ Gex area?
There's this place.

http://cartons-de-demenagement.info/?lang=en
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

A word of warning btw, from one of the Romandie consumer magazines this month. Purchases on line from a abcdefg.ch address does not garantee that goods will be sent from CH.

They've had many cases where members have reported ordering from a .ch address- and stung with charges, without warning that the goods would be sent from abroad. Apparently it is not illegal - so read the small print and check first.
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Re: A legal solution to avoid customs charges ( DE, FR, IT, AT delivery addresses )

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Nous nous engageons à réceptionner vos colis et nous assurons que vos biens sont placés dans un box sécurisé. Dès réception de votre livraison dans nos locaux, nous vous contactons par téléphone ou e-mail.

· Colis ≤ 20 kg ou longueur inférieure à 1 m = 5 € par colis pour 72 h de stockage

· Colis entre 20 et 30 kg ou longueur comprise entre 1 et 2 m ou inferieur 1m3 = 8 € par colis pour 72 h de stockage

· Palette Europe = 12 € par palette pour 72 h de stockage

· Colis format/poids spéciaux : plus de 30 kg ou 2 m : devis sur demande

Tout colis non récupéré dans les 72hrs engendre un supplément de 3 € par colis par jour de stockage. Passé la période maximum de stockage de 60 jours, SelfBOX est libre de droit de détruire ou retourner le colis à l’expéditeur.
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We are committed to receive your package and ensure that your assets are placed in a secure box. Upon receipt of your delivery at our premises, we contact you by phone or email.

· Package ≤ 20 kg or length less than 1 m = 5 € per package for 72 h storage

· Parcel between 20 and 30 kg or length of between 1 and 2 m or below 1m3 = 8 € per package for 72 h storage

· Palette Europe = 12 € per pallet for 72 h storage

· Package size / special weight more than 30 kg or 2 m: estimate on request

Any parcel not recovered within 72hrs costs an additional € 3 per parcel per day of storage. Past the maximum period of 60 days storage, SelfBOX is free right to destroy or return the package to sender.
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