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Old 12.01.2015, 13:32
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Re: Amazon.com or Amazon.de, etc import taxes equal to 0

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Well, I've tried buying something in Amazon but got to something like

Order Summary
Items: EUR 41,92
Shipping & handling: EUR 34,12
Total before tax: EUR 76,04
Estimated tax to be collected: EUR 0,00
Import Fees Deposit EUR 7,13
Order total: EUR 83,17


What you say is true, the fees are automatically calculated. However the fees being 100% of the item price seems ridiculous to me

Yep! Those are some super crazy shipping fees! Personally, I wouldn't discredit Amazon for this experience. Is it heavy? Or off-size? I order from Amazon US and UK quite a bit, for books, gifts, crafting materials, all sorts of random stuff, and have never had shipping that disproportionate... Shipping is normally standard and the Import fees are reasonable (cheapest for books). I've never (quick: *knock on wood*) been charged an extra fee from an Amazon order.

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Is it heavy? Or off-size? I order from Amazon US and UK quite a bit, for books, gifts, crafting materials, all sorts of random stuff, and have never had shipping that disproportionate..
it's just a board game. it's not super lightweight, but also not a laptop
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Re: Amazon.com or Amazon.de, etc import taxes equal to 0

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Well, I've tried buying something in Amazon but got to something like

Order Summary
Items: EUR 41,92
Shipping & handling: EUR 34,12
Total before tax: EUR 76,04
Estimated tax to be collected: EUR 0,00
Import Fees Deposit EUR 7,13
Order total: EUR 83,17


What you say is true, the fees are automatically calculated. However the fees being 100% of the item price seems ridiculous to me
I suppose there must have been applied some higher mathematics I am not aware of!? How does 7.13 equalize with 41.92
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it's just a board game. it's not super lightweight, but also not a laptop
Shipped from Amazon directly or a third party?
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Re: Amazon.com or Amazon.de, etc import taxes equal to 0

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Amazon.de lets you deposit an estimated fee at checkout and that's final, whether or not Swiss customs examine the package.
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In my experience (Blu ray boxsets, PS4 games, etc) I was never charged for things costing less than 50 Euros (ordered individually of course), regardless of their provenance (usually UK or DE)
The Amazon customs and taxes deposit is the maximum amount you will pay. If Amazon determine that the deposit was too high, the difference will be credited (e.g. to your credit card). I can confirm that this indeed happens.

With an order of EUR 50 (including cost of shipping and handling), you are (given the current exchange rates) always below the magic CHF 62 barrier which results in Swiss Post / Swiss customs simply not bothering to look at the package. Note that the CHF 62 barrier only applies when the goods are subject to the normal VAT tax rate of 8%. Quite a few goods are subject to a reduced tax rate of 2.5% - books for instance (for details see http://www.estv.admin.ch/mwst/themen/00155/). This means that for a delivery costing only of goods subject to the 2.5% VAT tax rate, the above-mentioned barrier increases to CHF 200.
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it's just a board game. it's not super lightweight, but also not a laptop
If it makes you feel any better, I just tried to order paper doilies for a craft project. I'm not talking anything that won't fit in a large envelope, the cost was $35 the shipping over $70, customs on the other hand a meager 40 cents for the doilies... so it must just be the luck of the draw of the seller on some of the items. I took the doilies out of the shipment, left in the quilting fabric squares and batting, and the shipping cost was reduced to $14, with a reasonable import fee too...

Apparently, it's not just your board game that you've got to play.
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Some minor comments;
The Amazon customs and taxes deposit is the maximum amount you will pay. If Amazon determine that the deposit was too high, the difference will be credited (e.g. to your credit card). I can confirm that this indeed happens.
Thank you for the correction, I had not processed that (even though I had read the Amazon T&C multiple times )
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Re: Amazon.com or Amazon.de, etc import taxes equal to 0

I want to buy a gift for a friend, but I do not want to directly send to him through Amazon Globe, as it is a surprise. As I understand I declare it at the borders. Should I go with the package or just the receipt? And how do i get tax back from amazon then?
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