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Bringing liqueurs in CH

I'd like to bring some bottles of homemade liqueurs of mirto in CH for some friends. I'll be getting in CH by train from Italy.

- Is it legal?
- Do they check? (this is just to know, if it isn't legal I'll make my friends come in Italy to taste some mirto :P)
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Ahh, mirto, I love it.

Here's all the information you need in Italiano:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=it
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Re: Bringing liqueurs in CH

1 liter/person.

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Ahh, mirto, I love it.

Here's all the information you need in Italiano:

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=it
Thank you for the link! The thing I'd like to bring is homemade so there is no label on it (unless I put one on...) or receipt. There is no information there about the ABV of the thing (too much waste for measuring :P), should I pack 1lt and expect the duty to be the maximum?
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Thank you for the link! The thing I'd like to bring is homemade so there is no label on it (unless I put one on...) or receipt. There is no information there about the ABV of the thing (too much waste for measuring :P), should I pack 1lt and expect the duty to be the maximum?
To be on the save side just pack 1 liter. Or try to put the Mirto into bottles of labeled wine and make them look unopened . They do have controls in the train but most of the time they won't check the luggage.
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Re: Bringing liqueurs in CH

It is perfectly legal to bring any quantity of alcohol into Switzerland. You'll need to declare it and pay both customs fees and VAT on it. The rates are in the link mentioned above.
If Mirto is what I think it is (not a high-percentage spirit but a sweet, less stronger drink) the alcohol content should be between 20-40%. For that you'll need to pay 12 CHF per litre in customs fees and 8% VAT on the value.
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Re: Bringing liqueurs in CH

To be totally clear. Each person aged 17 or over in your party can bring in one litre. Otherwise, declare it as xkcd suggests.

Customs do have a sense of humour about smuggling - but it involves the use of rubber gloves.
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It is perfectly legal to bring any quantity of alcohol into Switzerland. You'll need to declare it and pay both customs fees and VAT on it. The rates are in the link mentioned above.
If Mirto is what I think it is (not a high-percentage spirit but a sweet, less stronger drink) the alcohol content should be between 20-40%. For that you'll need to pay 12 CHF per litre in customs fees and 8% VAT on the value.
I've never smuggled anything anywhere, and I wouldn't like to start now
Now I'm wondering what's the 8% VAT of something homemade :P

@NotAllThere: your quoting xkcd made me think about what comic I missed... it took a while to understand it was a nickname
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