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Ikea in Freiburg

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Myself and my partner have just moved to Basel. We are moving into our flat on Friday, and are wondering if its worth going to Ikea in Freiburg, its slightly cheaper. We are hiring a van, so are we likely to be pulled over at the border? Would the import tax be high?

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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

call ahead - if you can get the German tax off and declare when entering, you'll be both honest and better off
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Depending on the value of the things that you bring in, if you have to pay import tax or not.
I am not sure, but limit is maybe 300 CHF. If value of the things is higher you have to pay 7.6% Swiss VAT, but you can claim back German VAT, which is higher than Swiss. So you should save some money this way.
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

How do you call ahead, sure it would be just a case of declaring it at the border?
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How do you call ahead, sure it would be just a case of declaring it at the border?
I'll make it clearer - call ahead to Ikea to check that they can take off the German VAT. You then have papers you give when entering Switzerland which are processed very quickly. You will need to pay cash or Maestro at the border, by the way.
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

You're allowed to bring CHF 300 per person. However you can claim the german vat back (which is around 17%) but then you would have to pay the Swiss VAT. I wouldnt advise trying to cross the border without declaring the goods, because if you're caught by the Swiss border police they will fine you heavily. The Swiss border police have a detailed list of items that you can bring across the border, I would just stop at the border and ask them for the list.
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Found this old post here and...

I am thinking of going to Freiburg (DE) Ikea to buy some things as the items I want are alot cheaper there (not all items are) and it is worth me hiring a van. Naturally I will declare the goods at the Swiss border and pay the VAT. However to get the DE tax back do I then have to drive all the way back to Ikea or is there another way..?? I would rather not have to drive all the way back to Freiburg.
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Has anyone imported Furniture from Ikea Freiburg recently? I have just compared prices with Swiss Ikea and the German Ikea in Freiburg works out much cheaper.
Although most of the shops have reduced prices due to strong CHF..I think Ikea hasn't done it yet.

In German Ikea Furniture costs me around 1054 Euro (19% included in the price).
Exactly Same Furniture costs me 1500 CHF in Ikea Zürich.

So I suppose if I buy furniture in Germany for 1054 Euro - 19% vat = 853.74 (After getting Vat back).

+ 7% I pay to Swiss Customs

= 913.50 € = 1,101.25 CHF
Ikea Zurich = 1500 CHF

So 399 CHF I saved by going to Germany for shopping.

I have a transport and help too...so would not have to pay for it.

Has recently someone done this run to Ikea Freiburg?
Your Experience?
Is L permit sufficient for import or does one need to have B?
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Hi,

How did it go in the end?


I am considering going to Ikea DE. Its cheaper. but wondering whether its worth it (stress, travel, possible problems at the border etc?).

Looking at a PAX wardrobe, potentially 160 CHF cheaper.

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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Did you assume that you are getting VAT refunded by IKEA when coming up with the savings of 160 CHF ? Did you get this refund confirmed by IKEA ? No shop in Germany has to offer such refund - this is completely at their discretion.
Did you also calculate the transport cost ? Freiburg is a good hour from the Swiss border.
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Some Ikea products are more expensive in Germany than Switzerland, you have to look product by product. Ikea France & Ikea Italy also have different prices.

For info Media Markt sells the same products in CH at different prices, comparing Basel v Zurich v Geneva can produce massive savings. Only relevant if you regularly travel in CH.
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

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Did you assume that you are getting VAT refunded by IKEA when coming up with the savings of 160 CHF ? Did you get this refund confirmed by IKEA ? No shop in Germany has to offer such refund - this is completely at their discretion.
Did you also calculate the transport cost ? Freiburg is a good hour from the Swiss border.
No, the saving is based on direct price comparison for the same thing (large wardrobe system): Ikea Freiburg vs. Pratteln. Rang up Freiburg earlier and they confirmed that the tax is refunded at the point of sale (so no need to go back). So the tax is additional bonus.

Decided to go there tomorrow. Travel cost not significant (diesel, from Basel) No brainer.
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Delighted to come across this thread.
Do you need to have proof of Swiss residence to get the VAT back or how does that work?
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Hi, just reporting back:

Ok so the Ikea staff on the phone told me the wrong thing; they dont refund VAT on the spot, you have to return with a stamped receipt.

That said, it was a smooth process (yes you need your ID / swiss permit).

I went through the usual process at the border, stamping the VAT form at the german side then the swiss side to declare it and to my surprise the swiss guy wasnt bothered and just stamped my form without charging me any swiss VAT In the end on top of cheaper prices vs. Basel the furniture was tax free.

By the way the customer service at Ikea Freiburg is so much more friendly. and the food at the Ikea restaurant is much better then their swiss counterpart (not exactly mechelin starred but relatively speaking).
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Remember you dont have to pay to import used furniture, so the trick is to assemble it all in the ikea car park, make sure you get some scratches, but nothing you cannot remove later, throw away the wrapping material and then dismantle it again and load it into your car higgeldy piggeldy.
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By the way the customer service at Ikea Freiburg is so much more friendly. and the food at the Ikea restaurant is much better then their swiss counterpart (not exactly mechelin starred but relatively speaking).
Tell me about this. I got shouted at once for taking a short cut.
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Re: Ikea in Freiburg

Hi all,

I know this is very old thread. Tried searching for response throughout the forum but did not find it - Does anybody have experience with Ikea in Mulhouse (France)? The prices appear to be much lower then in German or Swiss Ikea and I was wondering whether the VAT refund works the same as in Germany (ie ability to recover whole VAT) or only through some broker/processing agent like GlobalBlue that takes 50% or taxes in their fees?

Thanks!
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