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Importing piano into Switzerland

Hello,

I would like to buy a piano via a webshop in Germany.

They mentioned that there are no custom duties on music instruments that are imported into Switzerland. Is this correct?

If so, do I have to fill any forms for the Swiss customs? or the webshop people have to do it, as they are the senders?

Is there any risk in importing such instrument into Switzerland?

If someone can share such experiences, it would be highly appreciated.

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Re: Importing piano into Switzerland

There's still VAT.

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Re: Importing piano into Switzerland

If they themselves are bringing it they will bill it without VAT and pay VAT at the swiss border AFAIK. But it's not a custom duty so I guess it's correct.
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If so, do I have to fill any forms for the Swiss customs? or the webshop people have to do it, as they are the senders?

Is there any risk in importing such instrument into Switzerland?
The sender has to do the customs declaration.

For most country of original origin the duty is CHF 0 . Excepetion are, as usual Taiwan, North Korea, and the United States plus a few other countries where duty is (based on total shipping weight) CHF 24/100kg for digital pianos (Tariff No. 9207.1000) and CHF 54/100kg for Grand pianos (Tariff No.9201.2000 ). Duty is only levied when it is more than CHF 5.

As usual you will get a bill for the custom handling by the shipping company. Se here for example the prices when delivered by the Post https://www.post.ch/en/business/a-z-...earance-prices

If the senders customs declaration is wrong, incomplete or missing additional charges may incure.

Greatest risk is that the instrument is DOA (dead on arrival) and you have to return it.

You may also have a look at this Swiss based store: http://www.houseofsound.ch

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If they themselves are bringing it they will bill it without VAT and pay VAT at the swiss border AFAIK. But it's not a custom duty so I guess it's correct.
If they bring it themselve and they know the process then it is the best. In such cases you will have to pay the sale price in Euro and the VAT in Swiss francs. That is what German car salesman and furniture stores normally do.
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The sender has to do the customs declaration.

For most country of original origin the duty is CHF 0 . Excepetion are, as usual Taiwan, North Korea, and the United States plus a few other countries where duty is (based on total shipping weight) CHF 24/100kg for digital pianos (Tariff No. 9207.1000) and CHF 54/100kg for Grand pianos (Tariff No.9201.2000 ). Duty is only levied when it is more than CHF 5.

As usual you will get a bill for the custom handling by the shipping company. Se here for example the prices when delivered by the Post https://www.post.ch/en/business/a-z-...earance-prices

If the senders customs declaration is wrong, incomplete or missing additional charges may incure.

Greatest risk is that the instrument is DOA (dead on arrival) and you have to return it.

You may also have a look at this Swiss based store: http://www.houseofsound.ch



If they bring it themselve and they know the process then it is the best. In such cases you will have to pay the sale price in Euro and the VAT in Swiss francs. That is what German car salesman and furniture stores normally do.
Thanks aSwissInTheUS!

Very helpful info...
btw, viewing the same article in http://www.houseofsound.ch, I noticed that the price difference is not so big.
Therefore, Im seriously considering to alternate my purchase to Switzerland.
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Re: Importing piano into Switzerland

Whilst shopping in Konstanz last month I visited the music shop there and ended up buying a digital piano. I got all the paperwork and receipt from the shop, got said paperwork stamped and paid the Swiss VAT at the border crossing, then the following week took in the aforementioned paperwork and got a refund from the shop for the German VAT I'd paid. Was very straight forward. what type of piano are you looking to import?
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Re: Importing piano into Switzerland

We bought a digital piano from House of Sound 3 years ago and have been very happy with it. We got a deal on the previous year's model and there ended up being virtually no price difference to buying it in Germany when you calculated shipping.
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Whilst shopping in Konstanz last month I visited the music shop there and ended up buying a digital piano. I got all the paperwork and receipt from the shop, got said paperwork stamped and paid the Swiss VAT at the border crossing, then the following week took in the aforementioned paperwork and got a refund from the shop for the German VAT I'd paid. Was very straight forward. what type of piano are you looking to import?
The problem with this is that you have to go back to the store. If you do it online then they just deduct the VAT and you pay it directly to the customs here, sometimes you get a bill in the post and sometimes you have to pay cash to the delivery company, it depends on who brings it.

@OP - have a look at thomann.de or musicstore.de Generally much better prices than house of sound and very reliable. In the last 5 years I have bought at least 20 guitars from these guys and never had a problem. Thomann are particularly good.
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Re: Importing piano into Switzerland

Im looking for upright e-piano. either Kawai or Yamaha.
therefore, delivery service by the store will be certainly needed in this case.
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Im looking for upright e-piano. either Kawai or Yamaha.
therefore, delivery service by the store will be certainly needed in this case.
Don't know about Kawai, but Yamahas come in pieces. There is the actual Piano which is flat,the bottom part is flat packed Ikea style to-be-assembled furniture. Fit into our car with the seat down.
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Re: Importing piano into Switzerland

As far as I am aware, the only consideration concerning whether delivery is required is the weight of the console and size of your car. The standard uprights are usually max 50kg so definitely manageable with a strong person at each end. A baby grand type (why one would go for a digital piece of furniture defies me) weigh closer to 100kg and are more bulky and awkward to carry up any stairs.
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