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Importation into Switzerland
Consignments from abroad are generally subject to customs duty and VAT. Below we show how the costs can be calculated roughly and what has to be noted when importing.
Please note that a definitive calculation is not possible, as the costs of the transporter, e.g. Swiss Post, are not known in advance. The costs are generally billed to the recipient together with the customs duty and taxes (e.g. VAT). Clarify this with the corresponding transporter.
Gift items sent by private individuals abroad to private individuals in Switzerland are exempt from duties and tax up to a merchandise value of CHF 100, but tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are excluded. The sender must provide a corresponding comment on the outside of the parcel or letter.
How much does importing cost? Sample calculation - taxable goods value.
Bans, restrictions and authorisations
Special case – temporary importation
For the temporary importation of goods, e.g. for repairs, please note the information on so-called processing traffic.
Additional information on importing via post or courier:
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