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Old 09.11.2010, 13:26
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Indian tea through Swiss customs

A client of mine wants to bring a reasonable quantity (say 1kg) of Indian tea to offer as gifts at a conference here. 2 questions:

- is tea allowed to be brought in or is it considered a banned food product?
- is he likely to pay duty?

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- is tea allowed to be brought in or is it considered a banned food product?
Don't think so, but I don't have the list in front of me. The banned food list is mostly made of things the Swiss produce and they don't want any "unfair" (read: "totally fair") competition. Hence, fish is not on the list because there aren't many professional Swiss fisherman or fisheries.

Tea is not grown or processed here so I don't think that would be a problem

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Barring question one it pretty much comes down to the value of the tea. How much does 1KG of tea cost in India? ~10CHF? Should be fine.

All this provides he can justify it's for personal use and not resale. I don't think that's a difficult justification to make on a KG of tea.
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A client of mine wants to bring a reasonable quantity (say 1kg) of Indian tea to offer as gifts at a conference here. 2 questions:

- is tea allowed to be brought in or is it considered a banned food product?
- is he likely to pay duty?

Thanks in advance.
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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Here the details out of www.tares.ch,
Great site. I had no idea it existed. Looks to have learning curve, but no doubt helpful. Cheers.
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Yes but as Bozo said the value of 1 Kg of tea is likely to be somewhat under the maximum personal duty-free allowance which also applies for VAT. No problem if it's to be used for gifts.
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

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!
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

My father recently brought me Tea, atleast 20 packets of Shan food masala etc without any problem
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

My sister got 3 kgs of beef and lamb through so Id say 1kg of tea will be no probs. We also got 2 packs of tea from the UK and that was also no problem
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

same here.. brought 1 KG of tea in my checkin baggage ... not sure on the rules.. but didnt have any issues.
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My sister got 3 kgs of beef and lamb through so Id say 1kg of tea will be no probs. We also got 2 packs of tea from the UK and that was also no problem
Unless she was traveling with 5 other people this was illegal and she would have had a nice bill if discovered. However there is definitely no restriction on tea
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

What tea is worth buying in India to bring back? Is it a particular tea, or a blend like masala tea?
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

I can't imagine. The best tea is Yorkshire Tea.
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http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

This might help
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

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Unless she was traveling with 5 other people this was illegal and she would have had a nice bill if discovered. However there is definitely no restriction on tea
No-one said anything about legality
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What tea is worth buying in India to bring back? Is it a particular tea, or a blend like masala tea?
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.
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I can't imagine. The best tea is Yorkshire Tea.
and where is the tea for that "Yorkshire Tea" planted
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and where is the tea for that "Yorkshire Tea" planted
You're not telling me it's in Lancashire!
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and where is the tea for that "Yorkshire Tea" planted
Yorkshire?
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Re: Indian tea through Swiss customs

I personally like the 'Irish breakfast tea' sold at Coop. Blends well with milk, Thai mint leaves & sugar. Some Indian teas like Red Label & Tata tea seem to be mixed with some sort of preservatives that make them heavy for a morning cup of freshness.
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We just brought half a ton of Scottish Angus sirloins back for the OH's family - no problem.

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Of course, the quadruple-vacuuuuuuuuuuuum packing might have played some part in that

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