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Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

Talking to a neighbour who is a Swiss customs officer in Ballaigues/Vallorbe- he was telling us they made a 'killing' on import taxes recently with UK visitors on the way to ski resorts. Apparently, having heard meat is expensive here- and with refrigerated boxes in the boot- many have been bringing lots with them for their holiday. When asked 'anything to declare' replying 'no' and beeing caught red-handed in their 100s.

So the tax payable is 20CHF per kilo (franchise of 500gr per person does not apply if you do not declare!) PLUS a massive 40CHF per kilo fine for not declaring = a whooping 60CHF per kilo to pay. Expensive Customs officers delight in it, of course. They got somebody the other day with a large rib of beef and a leg of lamb + mince and were charged A LOT!

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Old 28.01.2014, 14:21
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

Blimey, in my day of the family going "abroad" for our holidays, it was customary to take a box of tea bags with us because "those foreign johnnies didn't know a decent cup of tea if it bit them in the arse" (apparently).

Kilos of meat is a whole new (and slightly tragic ) development.
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Old 28.01.2014, 14:22
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

thanks for posting, this made me laugh . I find this trend to import kilos of meat ridiculous.
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Old 28.01.2014, 14:25
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

Sorry, people in the UK are coming to Switzerland for a weeks skiing at they are complaining the cost of meat is too expensive??

That must explain all the new users on EF
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Old 28.01.2014, 14:33
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

call it stupid tax, they could've gone to France, Austria or Italy for less. Of course they'd have to avoid entering Switzerland when going to these places....
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

One of my kids, who owns a large apartment in Champery, now goes skiing in France, because the childcare in Switzerland per day is almost the same as a week in France.
He also gets more by letting the place in Champery to Brits, which might also colour his decision somewhat
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

Seriously? I always go shopping to the close by Weil am Rhein over the border, because meat in Switzerland is the one thing that you really can't find for cheap anywhere. I had NO idea you have to declare it... And I've been doing the "tax back" thing at the border too (of course with the same bill that has meat on it too) and no one ever said anything. I've never bought more than about 2 kilos, but I still wouldn't like to have to pay 120 CHF for it! Did anyone ever have any trouble with buying meat in Weil am Rhein (or Lörrach) and bringing it to Basel?
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

How long have you lived here? You cannot bring in more than 500gr (1/2 kilo) per person of fresh meat, and 3.5kg of prepared meat like sausages, ham or poultry did you not know that? And not more than 300CHF per person per day overall in goods. You've been VERY lucky not to get caught.

As said, if you declare, and you have extra- you have to pay 20CHF per kilo or part off extra on top of your allowance. If you do not declare are are caught out, no allowance and 20CHF tax + 40CHF fine per kilo due- so for 2kg =240CHF.

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Seriously? I always go shopping to the close by Weil am Rhein over the border, because meat in Switzerland is the one thing that you really can't find for cheap anywhere. I had NO idea you have to declare it... And I've been doing the "tax back" thing at the border too (of course with the same bill that has meat on it too) and no one ever said anything. I've never bought more than about 2 kilos, but I still wouldn't like to have to pay 120 CHF for it! Did anyone ever have any trouble with buying meat in Weil am Rhein (or Lörrach) and bringing it to Basel?
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How long have you lived here? You cannot bring in more than 500gr (1/2 kilo) per person of fresh meat, and 3.5kg of prepared meat like sausages, ham or poultry did you not know that? And not more than 300CHF per person per day overall in goods. You've been VERY lucky not to get caught.
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

Oh wow. Switzerland is so crazy. In that case I will just become vegetarian, I give up!

Thank you so much for this information!
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

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Seriously? I always go shopping to the close by Weil am Rhein over the border, because meat in Switzerland is the one thing that you really can't find for cheap anywhere. I had NO idea you have to declare it... And I've been doing the "tax back" thing at the border too (of course with the same bill that has meat on it too) and no one ever said anything. I've never bought more than about 2 kilos, but I still wouldn't like to have to pay 120 CHF for it! Did anyone ever have any trouble with buying meat in Weil am Rhein (or Lörrach) and bringing it to Basel?

Well, the 'tax back' thing you do with the German customs not the Swiss.
They, the Germans, are happy if you buy more meat than you are allowed.
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Old 30.01.2014, 19:26
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Oh wow. Switzerland is so crazy. In that case I will just become vegetarian, I give up!
Or just make sure you don't get caught... Time of day and border crossing used are important for this.

Not that I'd advocate doing anything illegal, no sir, not at all sor.
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

I don't get it - who on earth brings their own food on holiday (camping excluded, and tea bags )

Whenever I go on holiday I just carry a small bag with essentials, such as laptop, tablet, phone and a change of smalls. Anything less important I can just buy when I'm there.
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

Ace around here they have round the clock checks and cordons sometimes quite a long way from the border itself, and on all the minor roads... but yes, sometimes you can get lucky

BTW children count towards your allowance- so borrow kids to go shopping over the border
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Ace around here they have round the clock checks and cordons sometimes quite a long way from the border itself, and on all the minor roads... but yes, sometimes you can get lucky
Yes, I know, you've mentioned it before. And I've consistently avoided pointing out a guaranteed (so far) route into Basel from France...
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BTW children count towards your allowance
Holy shit, that's crazy! How many people have children who weigh under 500g?
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

Something very Fishy about this Story.

Firstly swiss customs usually check swiss registered Cars for importing goods and don't hassel tourist guests. Tourism is still important here.

Secondly what if these folks said I am just drivng through to German/Italy/Austria

Who brings a leg of lamb on a ski holiday ... Your taking da holiday out of it really
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Re: Expensive (imported) meat- beware!!!

The Dutch are famous for bringing lots of canned food with them in there Caravans. Many pass through on there way to Italy.

If this rumour could take off it might solve all the traffic issus with the Gottard
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Yes, I know, you've mentioned it before. And I've consistently avoided pointing out a guaranteed (so far) route into Basel from France...
When we lived in ZH between 2005 and 2009 we did a big shop once a month in Konstanz using the train. Never had a problem. Would never buy meat in D though. CH meat tastes better.


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. Would never buy meat in D though. CH meat tastes better.
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I would be interested in your logic behind this. Germany has an open market for meat with all Eu countries and has a huge selection for reasonably prices Quality meat products.

Swiss has a closed market. Its land is only suitable for raising goats and it only imports an inferior product to aid its own landscape gardeners ("Farmers")

The swiss are exceptional at marketing but really.
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