For the vast majority of retailers in Switzerland, operating their own warehouse in the EU or shipping there is a costly and nerve-racking affair. As a result, many retailers refrain from doing so for the time being.
Swiss merchants are afraid of the complicated handling, VAT invoicing, high customs and postage costs or the long shipping time.
On the other hand, the EU is one of the largest markets in the world: around 450 million potential customers within one economic area are tempting for any retailer.
If a retailer delivers to the EU via traditional postal services, the end customer receives a subsequent invoice for customs and VAT, which can turn the shopping experience into a unpleasant surprise.
Columbus makes shipping from Switzerland to the EU easier than ever before. At the same time, all customs and VAT charges are declared correctly, so that neither the end customer nor the retailer need to worry about negative surprises.
Since July 1, 2021 at the latest, no trader can avoid making a correct import and VAT declaration. Inadequately or incorrectly declared shipments will be rejected or lead to problems with the tax authorities. A correct VAT declaration makes sense from the very first euro of sales.