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Old 11.11.2010, 03:02
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

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While the situation has vastly improved here over the past 20 years, there still for sure are specialities not (yet) available, and likely far cheaper than here. If you add to this that tea does not have much weight, it may make sense to some extent.
As I asked ... what particular tea does anyone recommend bringing back? Any special black teas? Specific chai/masala blends I should look out for?

When I go to China or Taiwan I know exactly what I'm after, but apart from some chai I don't really know Indian teas (over and above those we drink in the UK as our standard "cuppa").
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As I asked ... what particular tea does anyone recommend bringing back? Any special black teas? Specific chai/masala blends I should look out for?

When I go to China or Taiwan I know exactly what I'm after, but apart from some chai I don't really know Indian teas (over and above those we drink in the UK as our standard "cuppa").
You tackle the horse here from the back. Take TWO steps
A) check up with the food departments of Coop-City, Globus and Jelmoli plus some tea-specialists what they have on offer
B) check up with shops in the other country, and you will see what they have which is not available here
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

Right. It's a pity that there isn't some kind of electric communication device where information could be stored and searched. Or, even better, where questions could be posed to an audience able to respond at their leasure.
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

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As I asked ... what particular tea does anyone recommend bringing back? Any special black teas? Specific chai/masala blends I should look out for?

When I go to China or Taiwan I know exactly what I'm after, but apart from some chai I don't really know Indian teas (over and above those we drink in the UK as our standard "cuppa").
well, to start with, u can try the darjeeling tea (u get that in migros..) usually a "good"indian chai is a mixture of various things like grated ginger or cardamom.. and to put these spices and get the exact flavor, we usually like to use the indian teas..i personally like the Taj Mahal tea, which u can find in many of the indian/sri lankan stores. Also, if u try to put these spices with any other tea eg. earl grey or some other flavor..it can create quite a conflicting and unforgiving blend!!
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

I agree with nannorcha. To make a perfect indian chai all u need is taj mahal tea leaves (available in mostly all indian shops) and add grated ginger,whole cardamoms while boiling water for tea.
I think op wants to get the tea that we get at fancy shops, packed in small fancy packs. i would do that if i were to gift tea to somebody here. i have often brought back dry spices,tea etc from india and never had a problem. I even got pickles,indian sweet like kaaju katli etc. quantity was never a prob...but it was never more than 1-1and half kilos.
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

Adrianlondon - I used to bring taj mahal tea or brooke bond red label before we started getting one of these here. Thses r strong in flavour. I find the teas in migros and coop weaker compared to these. And I bring the loose tea not the tea bags. With taj mahal tea bags..i have to use 2 bags for one cup. I like my tea indian way...with milk.
I found a special blend of ginger and tulsi (indian basil). Put a pinch or two in a cup for that beautiful flavour. I guess that is what u can bring from India. they advertise it as tea but for me its not tea just a blend of spices to put in tea. will try to find a pic and post for u. u get this in fabindia stores or the fancy grocery stores in Gurgaon.
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well, i have brought indian tea (1kg) from india a couple of times in my check in baggage..didn't seem to have any issues...hopefully this info helps!
I recently brought from home some herbal tea packs with teabags and discovered at home they were carefully checked, even though the pack had everything on it - name of the product, producer and country of origin. I'm not sure if it was the Swiss custom though, I suspect they checked them in Romania (yea, more catholic then the Pope himself nowadays)..B*****s.
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

I ended up coming back from Bangalore with 8Kg of food stuff in my suitcase. Lots of tea (cardamon and ginger blended teas mainly, but also some with tusli/holy basil). And loads of barfi, jalebi and assorted packets/tins of snacks and sweets.
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/pr...gingertea.html
here is the tea spice I was talking abt.
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Here the details out of www.tares.ch, the CH customs tariff :

Datum: 09.11.2010 Land: Indien Verkehrsrichtung: Einfuhr

Tarifnummer: 0902.3000 ZC: Schlüssel:


Tarifnummer ZC ZAR Text 0902
Tee, auch aromatisiert: 0902.3000 - schwarzer Tee (fermentiert) und teilweise fermentierter Tee, in unmittelbaren Umschliessungen mit einem Inhalt von nicht mehr als 3 kg Zollansätze:
Normal 0.00 Fr. je 100 kg brutto
Mehrwertsteuer: 2,4 % Gegenstände nach Art. 55 Abs. 2 MWSTG (siehe "Bemerkungen", "MWST")

So, as you can see, no problem, no duty, but 2,4% VAT .... so please make sure that an invoice comes with the shipment, as customs otherwise will calculate the VAT based on CH prices
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