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  1. I want to order a dress from US, and the website says that they'll send it without any shipping cost. But, I wonder how much I need to pay when it arrives in Germany? I'm not sure about the exact term, is it the costume tax or duty? Or the delivery tax? Is it possible to estimate the cost? 
  2. Hello everyone,   I am a US citizen, bearing US student debt, living and working full-time in Berlin. I am fortunate to have found a very good job, at a very good company, which comes with income and covers my visa problems. I have well settled into Berlin finally, but I am dissatisfied with my financial compensation at the company.   I have a contract renewal meeting soon, and I will be asking for a raise, but this topic is not about "how to get a raise."   I know that paying an employee a higher salary means that the employer also needs to pay extra stuff in the background (insurances, social benefits, etc.)   If I were to propose a lower salary raise, but assistance in paying back my student loans (roughly 150 USD per month, maybe 200+ USD starting next year), would this something that a German employer would consider? I know it's a bit unorthodox but I was hoping this could be an interesting offer to make to my employer. If not, I'd be asking for the salary I think I deserve, which may not be as attractive an option.   I'd love your input on the matter!