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What can I bring back from Konstanz? And can I get a VAT refund?

Hi all,

I'm new to Switzerland and have tried searching the forum for answers to my questions (please link me to threads that apply!).

I'm making my first journey to Konstanz on Saturday, taking the train. My friends and myself plan to buy mainly cosmetics, probably some clothing too, and maybe some tinned food (no fresh produce).

What do we have to declare at customs and what is the procedure for doing this? And I've heard that you can get a VAT refund (every little helps!) but can I do this on an L permit?

Thanks in advance,
Laura
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Hi all,

I'm new to Switzerland and have tried searching the forum for answers to my questions (please link me to threads that apply!).

I'm making my first journey to Konstanz on Saturday, taking the train. My friends and myself plan to buy mainly cosmetics, probably some clothing too, and maybe some tinned food (no fresh produce).

What do we have to declare at customs and what is the procedure for doing this? And I've heard that you can get a VAT refund (every little helps!) but can I do this on an L permit?

Thanks in advance,
Laura
Hi, you need to ask the tax paper when you buy something, you take it to the zoll office in the train station, they stamp it and you can get the money back at the store or on the spot depending on the store policy. I don't know if you can get the refund with an L permit, just ask there. Hope this helps.

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Hi, you need to ask the tax paper when you buy something
"Ausfuhrschein bitte" are the magic words. It is a green paper.
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Yes, you can do it on an L permit.
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300 CHF per person per day. But you can't put say, 600 CHF for 2 people to buy one single item (for instance a piece of furniture, bed, etc). Limits too for meat, 500gr per person per day of meat (beef, pork, lamb, etc) and 3.5kg of poultry or prepared meats like sausages, ham, salami, etc. limits for butter and dairy too.
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Here are the exact amounts and possible excess charges and the general rules.
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Yes, you can do it on an L permit.
Wow, have the rules changed? Some years ago when I had the L permit I wasn`t able to!
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Re: What can I bring back from Konstanz? And can I get a VAT refund?

I thought I would mention that you are not limited to CHF300 a day. You can get your EU VAT back for any amount but you must declare anything above the 300 at the Swiss border and pay 8% duty. Still a difference of 11% in your favour.
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Re: What can I bring back from Konstanz? And can I get a VAT refund?

Thanks for the information everyone. It turned out that the guy at the Zoll didn't even look at what we'd bought, or even check the receipts. He just avoided eye contact and stamped away
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Re: What can I bring back from Konstanz? And can I get a VAT refund?

Did you manage to get the vat refund back?
What are the shops like over there, was there much variety?
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Did you manage to get the vat refund back?
What are the shops like over there, was there much variety?
You get the VAT back the next time you go back, but even if you don't claim it back the prices are generally cheaper than in CH. There is a big shopping centre right by the station (including a DM for cheap toiletries and cosmetics!) and then lots of nice cafes and restaurants in the town (I got a huge meal and a few beers for 15€, IMO it was worth it just for that!).
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