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Old 27.11.2010, 21:57
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Maybe I'm not seeing it right but it doesn't seem to me that your concern about the 300 CHF limit is really the main issue - you're already getting a good deal by buying from abroad instead of from Switz. THEN you're getting an even better deal by reclaiming the German tax. So you've already saved a lot of money.

Now you also want to consider the 300CHF limit so that you also avoid paying the much lower Swiss duty - it seems to me that you'd have to go to a lot of extra effort (making several trips, filling in lots of little German tax reclaim forms, getting each one stamped, etc etc) to avoid paying the Swiss duty, even if you were successful in doing so, when after all it's just 7.6% instead of a whopping 17.5% or 20% or whatever. It's still a bargain.
If we plan on buying 2500 CHF worth of stuff, I'm happy to make the extra effort to double the savings, given that the trip is an extra 20 min (10 each way) compared to going to nearest Obi. Multiple trips are required anyway due to car size limits.

500 CHF vs. 200 CHF. Hey, I'm a Yorkshireman raised in Holland. What do you expect?
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Old 27.11.2010, 22:36
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Re: Cross border tax allowance

A few months ago I bought a bike for around 1400€ in Germany. I paid the Swiss import tax (7.6%) and got the German tax (19%) refunded.

If I could have bought the bike in bits and brought it over piece by piece I would have done. 7.6% isn't a huge amount, but why pay it if you don't need to.
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Old 28.11.2010, 01:45
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Closer to between 3.00 and 30.00 CHF
Oh, well, buy yerself one of those 3CHF ones on me!
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Old 03.12.2010, 21:48
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Re: Cross border tax allowance

Just been through and asked the helpful chap at the border crossings about this.

His answer to my question of what age do the 300 CHF limit on purchased goods start from (excluding wine, tabacco, and restricted food items):

I even clarified: so family of 5, with 3 young children = 300 CHF x 5 = 1500 CHF



and I did all in German

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Old 03.12.2010, 22:12
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I guess I WILL be adopting those kids after all.... then I can buy a tank pram.....

Thanks for the excellent info gathering work! I now offer 2 of those 3CHF packets to you my friend!
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Old 03.12.2010, 22:42
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Just been through and asked the helpful chap at the border crossings about this.

His answer to my question of what age do the 300 CHF limit on purchased goods start from (excluding wine, tabacco, and restricted food items):



I even clarified: so family of 5, with 3 young children = 300 CHF x 5 = 1500 CHF





and I did all in German

Cool!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04.12.2010, 07:35
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which was exactly what I'd said all along...

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I guess I WILL be adopting those kids after all.... then I can buy a tank pram.....
You can always borrow someone else's.
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Old 04.12.2010, 07:47
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which was exactly what I'd said all along...
You did good work too. Do you want a CHF3 packet of flooring as well?
This is getting expensive.
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Age Limit for alcohol is clear but in spite of skimming through the 112 pages of the German 'law' text, I cannot find any reference to age for other goods.

For folk who have only a nodding aquaintance with the rulings about shopping over the border, click on this and on the right there is a link to 'Clearing Swiss Customs without Delay' in a PDF. It's a leaflet with the basic Info on it. Useful to print out to check on stuff if you don't do it often too. I'm sure we've had it on here before, but I've no idea where.
who asked about the allowance for children... click this link, and see page six to confirm that children do have a daily allowance too
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Re: Cross border tax allowance

Has anyone actually ever been stopped at a Swiss border? I've been through probably a hundred times on various roads around Switzerland and not once been stopped for a second.
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Has anyone actually ever been stopped at a Swiss border? I've been through probably a hundred times on various roads around Switzerland and not once been stopped for a second.
Yes.
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Has anyone actually ever been stopped at a Swiss border? I've been through probably a hundred times on various roads around Switzerland and not once been stopped for a second.
Yes, many times. Also up to 5Km from the border by these mobile patrols.
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Re: Cross border tax allowance

At our local border, they really are stopping people much more often than they used to just a year ago- but as said above, they have very frequent patrols away from the border, where they stop all cars in a lay-by.

I paid 20CHF on Friday for an extra 1 kg of meat. (2 kg leg of lamb, 2 of us in the car = 1kg allowance. Each extra kilo = 20CHF. My cheap leg of lamb just wasn't cheap after all, I paid more for the tax than for the meat!).
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Has anyone actually ever been stopped at a Swiss border? I've been through probably a hundred times on various roads around Switzerland and not once been stopped for a second.
As I went through last weekend, they asked me what I was bringing back. Had a hell of a time trying to remember the German word for "beanbag chair", too. Anyway, once I clarified what it was, they sent me through without searching the car - but I don't doubt they were pulling people over for searches as well.
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As I went through last weekend, they asked me what I was bringing back. Had a hell of a time trying to remember the German word for "beanbag chair", too. Anyway, once I clarified what it was, they sent me through without searching the car - but I don't doubt they were pulling people over for searches as well.
I once spent 15 minutes at Euroairport customs showing the inspector a gel-stick deodorant.

It was like showing a Martian a cheese grater, and then having to explain why I eat mouldy cow lactate.

I even had to show him how it worked and let him smell it
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I once spent 15 minutes at Euroairport customs showing the inspector a gel-stick deodorant.

It was like showing a Martian a cheese grater, and then having to explain why I eat mouldy cow lactate.

I even had to show him how it worked and let him smell it
was he french as they tend to have an allergy to personal hygene products
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