Shipping to Switzerland or operating their own warehouse in the Swiss Confederation is a costly and nerve-racking affair for the vast majority of retailers in Europe. As a result, many dealers refrain from doing so for the time being.
The vendors are afraid of high customs and postage costs, the complicated handling, VAT invoicing or the long shipping time.
Conversely, the people of Switzerland love to shop abroad because the range of products is much larger and the prices are usually lower.
If a retailer delivers to Switzerland, the necessary customs clearance is often forgotten, with the result that the end customer receives a subsequent invoice and the shopping experience becomes a unpleasant surprise.
Columbus makes shipping to Switzerland easier than ever before. At the same time, all customs and additional taxes are declared correctly, so that neither the end customer nor the retailer need to worry about negative surprises.
At the latest since January 1, 2019 in Switzerland and July 1, 2021 in the EU, no trader can avoid making a correct import declaration. Swiss customs authorities are checking insufficiently or incorrectly declared shipments with increasing frequency. A correct VAT accounting is already mandatory from the first Swiss franc of turnover.