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Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

Hello
Has anyone used a parcel delivery service to bring a large item (in my case a bike) back from the UK? If yes, who did you use? The cheapest so far is about 200 pounds which seems a lot of money.
Any other good suggestions gratefully received
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Old 13.11.2014, 20:10
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

Probably cheaper to fly it over (you being with it, obviously). If you don't have any other suitcase it's free on BA I believe.
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

I second the flying option. Way cheaper if you plan ahead. A bit more hassle though
Flown my bikes about 6 -7 times in total to UK and back, could do it with my eyes closed now

Or consider selling it in the UK there and get a new one here. All "last years" models are on sale now.
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

Thanks - but it is a new bike to bring over here. I was hoping that i could find a way of posting it. We are flying back, but it is a large parcel to fit in a rental car whilst we are in the UK.
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Old 13.11.2014, 21:48
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

I have bought bikeparts from the uk and shipped them over and it has been expensive. 200 chf's sounds about right for a bike

As an aside, you mentioned it being new, I would ship it to a friends house in France or Germany, as you will avoid being taxed on it from the swiss authorities. Go to your friends house, put it together, ride it through the mud and then bring it home with you.

This will pay for the 200 chf shipping cost right there...
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

I've used parcelhero.com a couple of times to get bikes shipped over here from the UK and would have no qualms using them again if no other option like flying with them or shipping within EU, as has been suggested above. They were the cheapest I found by far (ca. 50) and ended up being delivered by DHL or UPS, taking around a week.
Caveat: these were both lightweight kids bikes (aluminium) so would expect a larger, heavier adult bike to be more expensive!! Of course I got a bill for the import taxes a couple weeks later.

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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

I got my last one from the UK shipped by the company i bought from...but looking at it now they charge 299 to Switzerland. 3 Years ago I paid far less then that total inc import duty - don't forget to factor that in also...so maybe picking up yourself will be cheaper
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

From where in the Uk to where in Switzerland did you needed it posted?
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

I'd be very interested if some of the folks who've already done this could please explain how the Swiss import duties work, too, specifically for bicycles. Thanks.
Any ideas on whether there are import duty exceptions for a tricycle for a disabled person? Thank you.
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

Hello folks, searching this forum about shipping to CH led me here.
I intent to buy a folding bike from evanscycle and they quote 40 for shipping. My questions are:
1. How much I would expect to pay more for import duty and other fees?
2. How is it delivered to my house in Switzerland? They will send a note and I will need to pick it at post office? Is there anyway to arrange on weekend a delivery to door. Thanks in advance
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

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Hello folks, searching this forum about shipping to CH led me here.
I intent to buy a folding bike from evanscycle and they quote 40 for shipping. My questions are:
1. How much I would expect to pay more for import duty and other fees?
2. How is it delivered to my house in Switzerland? They will send a note and I will need to pick it at post office? Is there anyway to arrange on weekend a delivery to door. Thanks in advance
Taxes will depend on the cost of the bike. Handling fees will depend on the shipper. Search the forum; there are several threads on receiving parcels and paying tax on them.

What happens to the parcel will depend on the shipper. It'll only go to the post office if the delivery agent in Switzerland is Swiss Post and there's nobody home when it's delivered. A courier will tend to leave a card for re-delivery or to arrange pick up from a depot or local agency. I'm not sure a Saturday delivery will be (freely) available in either case.

Sorry, it's not possible to be any more detailed with the information you've given.
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Taxes will depend on the cost of the bike. Handling fees will depend on the shipper. Search the forum; there are several threads on receiving parcels and paying tax on them.

What happens to the parcel will depend on the shipper. It'll only go to the post office if the delivery agent in Switzerland is Swiss Post. A courier will tend to leave a card for redelivery or to arrange pick up from a depot or local agency.

Sorry, it's not possible to be any more detailed with the information you've given.
Thanks mirfield.The bike cost 266 + 40 for shipping. I recently go through some topics mentioned about administration fee is very high. Do you have any advice to keep the total cost low? I have searched this bike locally but no shop appear. (Tern link C7)
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

I don't know the current exchange rates, but you're going to be looking at 8% of the CHF value of 306 plus about 20-40 CHF handling fees. So a ballpark of, say, 90-130 CHF at a guess.

If the vendor pre-pays the tax, then you'll avoid the handling fee at the Swiss end.
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Re: Posting bike from UK to Switzerland

Have you got a bike box? If so you could try sendmybag.com. I'm using them to send my stuff over in a few weeks so I can't vouch for them 100% quite yet, but so far they seem fine
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