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Old 04.08.2011, 09:44
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Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

Since I moved here I have had a few boxes of things from home shipped. It was a bit expensive but the cheapest was the US Postal Service. The problem is that when I received the boxes here Die Post charged me to receive them. It cost me $54 US dollars to ship some of my daughters special toys and I had to then pay 32 CHF when it arrived. It's all old toys, so it can't be VAT. The receipt says 14 CHF for Quittung and 18 CHF for Vereinfachte Verzollung. This is my first experience with having to pay twice. Don't get it.
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Old 04.08.2011, 09:47
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Re: Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

You paid tax on the import and then a "service charge" (yes, just another tax). Getting things by post is a bummer in CH. If you bring things over the border, you get a 300 CHF allowance (with exceptions, e.g. meat, dairy, cigarettes etc.), but post is much lower - and get this, AFAIK, the value includes the cost of postage...

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Old 04.08.2011, 09:49
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Re: Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

Here's what the post website has to say:
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Simplified customs clearance for:

  • Letters which are not subject to any non-customs regulations.
  • Parcels with values up to CHF 500 which are not subject to any non-customs regulations.
Source: http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseite/post-privatkunden/post-empfangen/post-importverzollung.htm
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Old 04.08.2011, 09:51
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Here's what the post website has to say:
Source: http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseit...verzollung.htm


Sorry, don't see what the relevance is... You can call it what you like, but to pay 18 CHF on top of any tax they slap on is a pain in the backside. I've refused items that have the price increase by 30% just through this scam, simply to have them redirected to friends/colleagues/post box in France or Germany.
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Old 04.08.2011, 09:54
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Vereinfachte Verzollung.
Translates to: Simplified customs clearance.

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Sorry, don't see what the relevance is...
But then I haven't slept all night and I'm fasting... so maybe I just copy pasted something completely irrelevant.
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Old 04.08.2011, 10:09
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Re: Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

I never even thought about it when I shipped stuff. I figured it was getting ripped enough in the initial sending that I couldn't possibly be hit and harder. Weird that I got a small box (customs form shows item is 40 USD I value) but there was no charge on it. How can yo calculate what they will charge?
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Old 04.08.2011, 10:12
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I never even thought about it when I shipped stuff. I figured it was getting ripped enough in the initial sending that I couldn't possibly be hit and harder. Weird that I got a small box (customs form shows item is 40 USD I value) but there was no charge on it. How can yo calculate what they will charge?
Why, didn't you know? The friendly chaps at the Zoll assign a value for you if it isn't marked or they think it is wrong or *ahem* undervalued...
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Re: Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

I used to get things posted directly to my work and I never paid any extra for parcels. Having said that I dont know if my work got charged and never passed it on. But knowing them, it would be unusual for that not to have happened. Worth further investigation perhaps?
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Old 05.08.2011, 23:05
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Re: Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

Yikes.....never even thought about paying to receive unless you underpaid at the starting point. Strangely, I received a small box today from the Grandfolks and it had nothing due, but the value was listed as more than the toys we had sent. Is this just a random fee or is it dependent on the size of the box?
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Old 05.08.2011, 23:26
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Yikes.....never even thought about paying to receive unless you underpaid at the starting point. Strangely, I received a small box today from the Grandfolks and it had nothing due, but the value was listed as more than the toys we had sent. Is this just a random fee or is it dependent on the size of the box?
Sometimes you will have to sign for a packet at the Post office, no fee, happy until a big bill arrives a month later.
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Re: Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

i dont get it either....my gf buys tons of cra...euhm stuff from the UK sometimes I have to pay the postman sometimes not.... I still dont get it?
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I used to get things posted directly to my work and I never paid any extra for parcels. Having said that I dont know if my work got charged and never passed it on. But knowing them, it would be unusual for that not to have happened. Worth further investigation perhaps?
The postman brings stuff to the company about 7 am in the morning. Someone signs for it, and the total is billed to the company later. At Ascom it was not permitted to receive private stuff at work.
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Re: Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

how do they value stuff ? do they open every parcel?

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri....html?lang=en# says
" If no value is declared, the customs office will set the tax base ex officio"

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"Gifts sent by private persons resident abroad to private persons in Switzerland are tax free up to a value of SFr.100."

so the sender must somewhere mention "gift" during sending?
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Old 05.08.2011, 23:57
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Re: Paying Die Post to Receive Packages

Well, I do know that on US customs forms, there is box marked "Gift" that you can check in order to escape paying the customs/VAT if the contents are listed at a total value of less than 100 CHF (or maybe that's $100?)

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how do they value stuff ? do they open every parcel?

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri....html?lang=en# says
" If no value is declared, the customs office will set the tax base ex officio"

and
"Gifts sent by private persons resident abroad to private persons in Switzerland are tax free up to a value of SFr.100."

so the sender must somewhere mention "gift" during sending?
If no value is declared, they WILL open it, and charge you an extra CHF 9 or so for doing so!

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