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Old 16.08.2011, 13:26
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Importing of Wine

The limit is 2 litres per person (Over 17years old) per day.

Wine is normally sold in 750ml bottles.

So, how many of us have imported 3 bottles (250ml over the limit) without declaration?

How many have declared the 3 bottles (and therefore paid duty on 250ml)?
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Old 16.08.2011, 13:32
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Re: Importing of Wine

I have never ( allegedly ) declared any imports of wine -- with one exception -- mrs. and I were coming back from a trip to Beaunne with six cases... we stopped at the Bardonnex crossing ( GE ) at about 2:00am and told the agent on duty what we had... she just looked at us and waved us on... too much work for her at that hour I imagined.
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Old 16.08.2011, 13:32
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Re: Importing of Wine

I was stopped at the Basel border once and the zollamter told me that they consider 3 bottles of 750 ml as 2 litres, i.e within the limits. I did not have to declare the additional 250 ml.
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Old 16.08.2011, 13:48
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Re: Importing of Wine

I was wondering the same thing! When the 2 of us go we just get 5 bottles - maybe we will now be brave and get that 6th!!

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Re: Importing of Wine

Allowed to import 2 or 3 liters of wine? That is the question.

Up to today I have always considered I was allowed only 2 liters but that the Swiss let 3 x bottles of 750 ml through, and turned a blind eye to the extra 250 ml. But intrigued to read today in 24 heures (VD) that one can import 3 liters of wine, or 2 liters with less than 15 deg. vol. and 1 liter with more than 15 deg. Sorting through my assortment of wine bottles, I cannot find any with more than 14 deg. vol.

Checking the official Swiss website, they simply state allowance 2 liters < 15 and 1 liter > 15. Presumably, for the latter, if you substitute a bottle of less than 15 deg., then they can't complain? So the 24 heures statement seems logical, and that one can indeed import 3 liters of table wine which equals 4 bottles of 750 ml.
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Old 16.08.2011, 14:27
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Re: Importing of Wine

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I was stopped at the Basel border once and the zollamter told me that they consider 3 bottles of 750 ml as 2 litres, i.e within the limits. I did not have to declare the additional 250 ml.
Me 2 but not at the Basel Border.
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Re: Importing of Wine

The limit is 2 liters of alcoholic beverages below 15% alc., PLUS 1 labove 15%. It's kinda stupid since you can in theory bring 2L (or 3 bottles, no problem) of wine + 1L of vodka, but cannot bring 3L of wine :-).

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

I have a trickier question:
Cider and perry are both listed in foodstuffs, with a separate limit of 3L.

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

Are they not considered alcoholic beverages?
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