Online shopping in Switzerland Get it right!

Issue: 4 / 2014
International online purchases can be subject to surprisingly high customs duties and import/VAT taxes, due on delivery in Switzerland. Here's what we like and how to not get caught out.

As the festive season approaches, many of us will buy gifts online for friends and loved ones - from hard-to-find products to feel-good gifts from "home".

 

NORTH AMERICAN STORES

Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Sears and many other US stores use the Borderfree system to make it easier to shop from Switzerland. Shipping, tax, and duties are included in the price, which is shown in CHF and is the guaranteed final price - so no further charges on delivery. It's not cheaper, but more transparent.

www.borderfree.com/clients

 

DEUTSCHE LIEFERADRESSE ("MY GERMAN DELIVERY ADDRESS")

Online retailers like Amazon or E-Bay often offer free shipping within the EU but not to Switzerland. The service Deutsche Lieferadresse lets you ship your items to one of the company's many pick-up points all along the Swiss border with Germany. Pick-up is easy and the company's app makes using the service a breeze. It's only available to use in German, but if you can handle that, you'll find it very useful.

 

 

 

SWISS STORES

leshopSwiss stores are usually in the local languages. Fashion Friends and Zalando are popular for clothing. Our favourite Swiss stores in English are Leshop.ch for food & drink, Koala for shoes, and Zara for clothes.

 

EXPAT STORES

Myexpatshop, Jim's British Market, and Taste of America offer Anglo-Saxon favourites direct to your Swiss doorstep.

 

CHRISTMAS POSTAL DATES 2014

The Swiss Post recommends mailing festive packages as early as possible. The final post dates are:

Switzerland

20 December for Economy, 21 December for Priority, 23 December for Express.

 

International post

3 December for Economy, 10 December for Priority, 19 December for Urgent.

 

Image: © Tim Reckmann / FotoDB.de

Author: Mike Tomsett - Hello Switzerland

Hello Switzerland helps you to live and work in Switzerland. Discover upcoming events and Swiss culture, or contact our Relocation Helpline for free advice and professional support on housing, moving, financials, telecoms, vehicles, career advice and much more! Call +41 58 356 17 77 or check our Helpline page.


Comments
Tell us what you think
Featured Partners Thanks to all supporting partners of Hello Switzerland