No, QuickZoll deducts the tax-free limit and duty-free allowances automatically. This means you can use the app to check whether you have to pay any VAT or customs duties at all.
No. If you are aware of the allowances and tax-free limits and your purchases are within these, you do not have to use QuickZoll. However, the app can also be used to check in case you are not entirely sure how the allowances and tax-free limits apply.
You can enter your purchases into the app at any time before crossing the border. For example, you can enter goods into QuickZoll while you shop or during your trip as you go. Taxes and duties can be paid a maximum of 48 hours before crossing the border. When making your payment, you will be asked to choose a two-hour timeframe. Your choice of timeframe determines when you will cross the border.
NB: QuickZoll does not require an internet connection until you reach the tax/duty payment stage.
By using the QuickZoll app, you accept that the VAT rate of 7.7% is also applied to goods that are subject to the reduced rate of 2.5% (in particular food, animal feed, medicines and books). This standardisation makes the customs clearance process noticeably simpler and faster. If you would like the reduced tax rate to be applied, you must declare the goods verbally at a border crossing manned by the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS) staff.
Goods which are subject to certain controls (goods subject to certification or authorisation), restrictions or bans cannot be cleared using QuickZoll. These goods must be declared verbally at a manned border crossing. Goods which are intended for reselling or commercial use, even in your own business, must be declared electronically using the e-dec customs clearance system.
Special proof of customs clearance must be issued for vehicles. In addition, cars are subject to automobile duty. The customs declaration can be made only at a customs office for merchandise during office hours.
You should enter the value after deduction of foreign value added tax, provided this is indicated on the receipt/invoice.
Yes. If you are clearing goods for two or more people, you have to enter the value of these goods again separately. These details are necessary in order to the calculate VAT and/or for the correct deduction of the tax-free limits.
If the app is deleted for any reason, the receipts will be lost. For this reason, we recommend that you send the receipt to your email address. You can enter your email address during the payment process or have the receipt sent to you later.
The export form is for the refund of VAT paid abroad. The relevant foreign authority is responsible for this procedure. QuickZoll allows you to pay customs duty and VAT owed in Switzerland.
If you clear goods using QuickZoll, you will not be refunded the duties and VAT paid with the app. However, this has nothing to do with receiving a refund for the foreign value added tax. This is refunded abroad as before.
The receipt in the app serves as proof of customs clearance. A stamp on the invoice/receipt is not required. If you still need a stamp, present the invoice/receipt together with the QuickZoll receipt to a customs office, which will stamp your invoice if it can be seen from the documents shown that the invoice/receipt belongs to the corresponding QuickZoll receipt (corresponding duty amount, invoice/entry date).