I am a passionate Magic: The Gathering player and as is commonly known some of the older cards can have values of 100€ of euros. I am thinking about ordering such a card from switzerland for the price of 799€. What I am concerned about is if I have to pay any tariffs and/or taxes since Switzerland is not part of the european union.

I know however that switzerland is part of many EU agreements and treaties, and I am wondering if there is one such treaty that affects my situation.

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    This is something you should ask the seller about. Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 13:22
  • To expand on the previous comment: different items have different tarifs, so the exact classification must be known (in the form of a number) to determine what percentage the tarif will have. The seller, who deals with EU exports should know this and supply it in the customs form (otherwise the EU customs will 'guess' what it is). I personally don't have the faintest clue as to what a passionate Magic is, so couldn't even start to guess in what range such a tarif would be. Commented Sep 12, 2020 at 15:25
  • @MarkJohnson: "Magic: The Gathering" is a collectible card game (yes it's spelled with a colon) and OP is saying they are a passionate player of the game. So the item in question would be a card from that game (in the common sense, i.e. a printed piece of cardboard). Commented Sep 14, 2020 at 4:26
  • @NateEldredge Then this will probably be considered a playing card. With that information a trarif code can be found. See answer. Commented Sep 14, 2020 at 6:48

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Based on comments:

Based on this information there should be no customs tarifs to pay when importing from Switzerland to Germany.

You may be required to pay the German VAT of 16% (until 2020-12-31). The Swiss VAT of 8% should not be part of your bill.


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