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Old 15.07.2011, 08:48
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Importing fruits from outside EU

Good morning to everybody!
Sorry for disturbing and probably my question has already been answered here but if somebody has a quick reply I will be more than thankful.
I am in the business trip in Uzbekistan now and soon will go to a local food market to buy something tasty for my dear hubby.
I know that it is absolutely forbidden to import from outside EU to Switzerland any food made from milk or animal origin. But what are the rules for fruits and vegetables?
Somewhere I had the paper from Swiss customs with the permitted amounts of import and penalties if u take more than permitted. I used it when we bought meet in French supermarkets. And it allows to take lots of fruits. But I am afraid its a paper for import from EU.
I have to decide quickly because tonight I am flying back. And melons here are magnificent!
Many thanks and wish u a good day!
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Re: Importing fruits from outside EU

As far as I have understood the regulations, there is a 10kg (except potatoes) and the usual 300 CHF limit on fruit-imports from non-EU/EFTA contries.

There is a special form (18.51), that explains it:
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...gpKfo&typ=.pdf

It's only available in German.

You might want to call the customs-office and ask them directly, though.
After all, I am not a clearing-expert and rarely import anything, other than the odd piece of meat when I actually go shopping in Germany.
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