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    Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    Thinking about buying a used watch from a seller in Switzerland...I'm wondering if there will be any import duty to pay? (If it gets stopped at customs)
    the general consensus in the pub on Friday is that there is, also suggested was that I got a cheap flight and wore the watch home or request that he watch is posted over the border in one of the EU countries.
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    Re: Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    I think you will be ok

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    Re: Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    Won't you have to pay VAT at 20 per cent of the purchase price? And Parcelforce will want around £14 for taking the VAT off you on behalf of HMRC before letting you collect it from a depot.

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    Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    Yes, you will be liable to customs and VAT from Switzerland (non EU).

    You have got the best idea by getting a cheap flight and picking it up yourself.
    Last edited by psweeting; March 24th, 2013 at 22:25.

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    Re: Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    It depends on whether the seller declares the full price on the paperwork or puts a nominal figure instead.
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    Re: Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    If its a non eu country you will pay 20% vat and if parcelforce are involved they will charge £13.50 handling . The last 3 watches i have bought outside the eu have all had this charge, they were sent by e.m.s. first then when they get to the uk parcelforce take over. If you have tracking as soon as its through customs and at your local depot ring them and pay and they deliver the next day ,otherwise you have to wait for a card then pay etc. DW.

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    Re: Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    Will I still have to pay 20% import duty despite the watch being 35 years old? I though it qualified for a discounted rate for some reason?

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    Re: Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    There are no import duties on goods imported from Switzerland to the UK.

    Although not in the EU, Switzerland (along with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and the arrangements are the same as for inter-EU import and export.
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    Re: Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    There are no import duties on goods imported from Switzerland to the UK.

    Although not in the EU, Switzerland (along with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and the arrangements are the same as for inter-EU import and export.
    It may be worth checking this just in case - New Import Duty & Taxes Calculation | DutyCalculator
    Last edited by geoffbot; March 25th, 2013 at 15:33.

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    Re: Switzerland to UK - import duty ?

    Duties will be 0, vat 20% according to the site above.
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