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Bringing in meat from over the border...!?

Hi everyone,

Just wondering if you can help at all, been told that there is a STRICT control on bringing meat over the border, and wondered if anyone knew anything about this? I'm asking because I also have a dog, and when we go to Italy, I tend to buy her a load of meaty bones and wondered if this also goes in the 'limit' that is allowed?

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Re: Bringing in meat from over the border...!?

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=de

There you go. 1 kg max. per person is free of import tax. They do relatively thorough checks in the German/Swiss border, not so sure about the Italian border. I would take meaty bones also as meat, but you can give the fellows in the Grenzepolizei a call and ask before you get into trouble.
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Re: Bringing in meat from over the border...!?

Yep, 1 kilo per person. But not sure about dog bones... an interesting question. Will ask when I get a chance- if someone is at the border crossing today when I go over.
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Re: Bringing in meat from over the border...!?

Dog and soup bones are exempt (unless they have more than 20% meat on them).

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Re: Bringing in meat from over the border...!?

Here's that link again in English. http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

And here http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en it says
Meat and meat products derived from all animal species, excluding wild animals, fish, crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates.

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all parts of animal carcasses fit for consumption (with or without bones)
sausages containing meat or blood
other meat products
food preparations with a sausage, meat or blood content of over 20 percent by weight

This does not include bone marrow, bones for stock, and dog and cat food in individual packets marked as animal feed.
In French supermarkets there are bones with some meat on them which are labelled as being for animals.
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Re: Bringing in meat from over the border...!?

Thanks everyone, guess I need to start being more careful then. They have special 'bones for dogs' in a shop we go to, but there's always a fair amount of meat on them too, only takes 1 'by the book' guy to stop us I guess

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Thanks everyone, guess I need to start being more careful then. They have special 'bones for dogs' in a shop we go to, but there's always a fair amount of meat on them too, only takes 1 'by the book' guy to stop us I guess

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This might be going overboard - but do the bones have an "ingredient list" or such which state the approximate amount of meat on them? Probably not, but I thought I'd throw this in the discussion.
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They do relatively thorough checks in the German/Swiss border, not so sure about the Italian border.
If going by train, try to sit next to a visibly non Swiss/EU citizen. The Zoll/Dogana will go into xenophobe mode and check their papers, and not bother with customs checks. Particularly effective at Chiasso.
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From Konstanz never seen a control in the train
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This might be going overboard - but do the bones have an "ingredient list" or such which state the approximate amount of meat on them? Probably not, but I thought I'd throw this in the discussion.
No such luck. It was my girlfriend that mentioned it when I started filling the trolley with large bones and they were about 80cents for a big lump, but they do also have a fair bit of meat on them, she wasn't sure what the limits were but suddenly remembered something about it
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From Konstanz never seen a control in the train
Konstanz is not next to Italy, which is where the OP is going.
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No such luck. It was my girlfriend that mentioned it when I started filling the trolley with large bones and they were about 80cents for a big lump, but they do also have a fair bit of meat on them, she wasn't sure what the limits were but suddenly remembered something about it
Next time, buy one and ask at the border.

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From Konstanz never seen a control in the train
True. Me neither, although I tend to not buy German beef - not very good IMHO. I'll buy that in Ireland, then at baggage reclaim in Zurich airport wait until a visibly non Swiss/EU citizen is going out, naturally passing customs along the way. Then I just tag along behind. Same principle as before.
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If going by train, try to sit next to a visibly non Swiss/EU citizen. The Zoll/Dogana will go into xenophobe mode and check their papers, and not bother with customs checks. Particularly effective at Chiasso.
Funny thing, in the train I was only controlled once, and by the Germans, who wanted to know why I was bringing so much chocolate into the country (I had like 5 bags of these assorted small samples from Lindt).

They were slightly confused when I told them "LAN party. Probably not enough for 1 evening."
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True. Me neither, although I tend to not buy German beef - not very good IMHO. I'll buy that in Ireland, then at baggage reclaim in Zurich airport wait until a visibly non Swiss/EU citizen is going out, naturally passing customs along the way. Then I just tag along behind. Same principle as before.
Aren't they tipped off by the cow-shaped suitcase?
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Aren't they tipped off by the cow-shaped suitcase?
They tend to be distracted by their prejudices and don't see it.
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Konstanz is not next to Italy, which is where the OP is going.
Er - Minimia, what is the problem with my post?
Did I miss something about the OP? Thanks for explaining.
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Er - Minimia, what is the problem with my post?
Did I miss something about the OP? Thanks for explaining.
Nope, OP is in Chiasso area, so Chiasso, Maslianico, or Stabio border (plus a few minor ones).

Have we passed without control: yes.

Do we take a chance: only if I have CHF 5000 of motorcycle parts to declare.

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Nope, OP is in Chiasso area, so Chiasso, Maslianico, or Stabio border (plus a few minor ones).

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That's what I thought. Thanks
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Konstanz is not next to Italy, which is where the OP is going.
Why the groan MiniMia? Due to the refugee crisis, checks are on most trains to nd mainly from Italy and border checks have increased massively, with Border Guards being called in to help from all other border posts in CH, including the one near us I know for a fact.

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