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Vat, duty and other fees

Hi!

I am to buy a rather expensive item (3000 CHF) from Israel and I am having trouble with the Swiss/German duty rules.

I live in Switzerland, but can also get the item shipped to Germany to get later.

From my limited understanding, there is an trade agreement between EU and Israel, whereas Switzerland and Israel has no agreement.

I am looking for more information or if somebody can clarify what I will pay for the item if shipped to Germany and Switzerland?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02.10.2015, 07:49
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Re: Vat, duty and other fees

If you ship to Germany you'll have to pay 19% German MwsT and then a further 8% Swiss MwsT to import it here and I imagine you will have some trouble trying to get the 19% German MwsT refunded. Depending on what the item is there may also be some import duty to pay and a small handling charge.

If you want to know what duty is payable you'll need to contact the German and Swiss customs and tell them exactly what it is you are importing.
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If you ship to Germany you'll have to pay 19% German MwsT and then a further 8% Swiss MwsT to import it here and I imagine you will have some trouble trying to get the 19% German MwsT refunded.
I imagine that the OP wasn't planning to officially import to CH anyway, but somehow hoping that someone here would be able to tell him that shipping to DE would incur no charges so he'd be able to smuggle it into CH without any fees at all.

Who'd do such a thing, eh?
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I imagine that the OP wasn't planning to officially import to CH anyway, but somehow hoping that someone here would be able to tell him that shipping to DE would incur no charges so he'd be able to smuggle it into CH without any fees at all.

Who'd do such a thing, eh?
As Israel is not in the EU, it would be far cheaper to import to CH as VAT is less than half as much.
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Re: Vat, duty and other fees

Thanks for the quick replies.

I am posted to CH, but come from EU, so I imagine I can have the benefit of choosing which country to import to.

Seems like I would prefer to import to CH than EU.
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Re: Vat, duty and other fees

Duty is based on where the item was manufactured/produced not where it is shipped from.
Duty is based on weight not on value.
Duty can be found on http://xtares.admin.ch\
If tariff number is not clear, you have to get it from Swiss Customs http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_fir...x.html?lang=de
You will need a way bill which states tariff number, weight, value, and country of origin. If missing, additional charges and time delay may apply.
Most of the stuff made in Israel are duty free.

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I am posted to CH, but come from EU, so I imagine I can have the benefit of choosing which country to import to.
It depends where the item to be imported will finally end up and will be used. Has nothing to do with where you come from. It has a bit to do with where you residence is.
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Re: Vat, duty and other fees

Does any duty or fees apply for goods bought under 30 Euros from Amazon.de for example?

What's the value threshold when duty, fees admin charge kicks in?
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Re: Vat, duty and other fees

As longs it`s not a Negev or a Tavor you should be OK. If you get a Galil in well don^t call me.
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Does any duty or fees apply for goods bought under 30 Euros from Amazon.de for example?

What's the value threshold when duty, fees admin charge kicks in?
Duty is charged if duty is higher than CHF 5.
VAT is charged if tax is higher than CHF 5.
Alcohol or Tabaco tax are charged from the first Rappen.
Admin charges are charged if any tax or duty is charged.
Admin charges are charged when documentation is incomplete/missing/or wrong.
Admin charges are charged when a shipment is selected for extra inspection by customs.
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
https://www.post.ch/en/private/a-z-o...ustoms-and-vat
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