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Re: Things to avoid doing when claiming back German MWSt

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You can turn around and go back again provided you cross the borders ... as that means you are entering Switzerland (and hence passing through Swiss customs) before re-entering Germany. It's the turning right round after getting the forms stamped without actually leaving the country which isn't allowed.
And, as others have pointed out, you must declare the goods again at the German border, and (re)pay German VAT. There was an item in the news last week about a woman who exported something from Germany, reclaimed the VAT, then re-imported it (without declaring it). She was caught and fined EUR3000.

(See the 4th story): http://www.theenglishshow.com/basel-...gust-2011.html

It's also worth noting that the strong franc means many more people are crossing the border to shop -- and that Customs controls, both at the border and with the roving Grenzwache, are becoming much more common. My advice: be sure to declare if you owe and respect the customs limits (meat, alcohol, etc), because the fines are substantial if you don't.
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