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Hi,

i recently moved to switzerland and this tax and custom is confusing me .

if i buy a macbook ranging from the £600- £1000 what will i have to pay and if no one is home to collect it , will i be able to go to my local post office to get it ?

im also buying medication from the US which i cannot find here the total will be 39.95chf including shipping , if anyone has some insight on that topic also.

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Old 21.05.2016, 17:08
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Be careful on the medication as sometimes the reason you can't get it here is because it's illegal. What medication are you wanting to import?
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Re: Buying From EU/US

Previously, I had ordered some medication... for which I had a prescription for... that was confiscated enroute by the Swissmedic and I was sent a bill for 300 chf because it was unbeknownst to me, illegally imported.
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Re: Buying From EU/US

As for your package, if the information is clear on the packing forms as to the value, then the billing for the tax should be pretty straight forward. Although I`m not exactly sure of the percentage. The amount will be due when the item is delivered to your door. If you do not have the cash handy, you will have to pick it up at the post office and pay. If you are not home, they will leave a slip and it will inform you of the owed tax amount and then you can pick it up and pay. They will also charge you about 18 chf to assess the tax too in either case.

If the value is not clear, they will hold your package and send you a letter requesting more information about your package. (Invoice, etc.) When they are satisfied, they will finally deliver the package to you. Sometimes this delays the delivery for up to one month.

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You may well find computer and other electronic equipment is cheaper here...
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Yes, electronic stuff is often cheaper here than across the borders.
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Be careful on the medication as sometimes the reason you can't get it here is because it's illegal. What medication are you wanting to import?
Also you are limited to one month's supply!
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Is your medication prescription, over the counter or suppliments?

I've had a prescription med sent once, several years ago, no problem....but it depends, they might be more picky now. For example, adderal is not legal here, but ritalin and concerta are (adhd meds).

I do orders with iherb for suppliments regularly, never a problem.

I believe that meds and suppliments are taxed at 2.5%, so up to chf 200 dhould be ok for tax and duty.

In theory, if it's not an illegal substance, at approx $40 including shipping you should be fine - unless - they suspect it's too cheap, and open the box. They'll charge you chf 13 because they opened the box, even if everything is ok.

Welcome to Switzerland.
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Hi, i was on luckyvitamin.com i was going to buy - Take Care for bone strength
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on iherbs the product i want is £8.00 shipping would that include taxes and duties?
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Re: Buying From EU/US

Here is how it works:

You buy something abroad. If the total cost of the item, including shipping is less than about chf 60 (for things taxed at 8%) and 200 (for things taxed at 2.5%), then you don't pay tax on the item in Switzerland. The Swiss pretty much decided that items where taxes are chf5 or less aren't worth bothering with.

From iherb, i think most stuff is taxed at 2.5, because i never pay taxes. Most of my orders are less than chf100

There is also something about weight too, but i don't know the details.
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