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Old 13.06.2020, 20:15
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

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For food shopping?

You need to buy at least EUR 150, and VAT is only 4%, hardly worth the trouble.

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From Italy maybe, France and Germany are different.
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Old 13.06.2020, 20:57
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

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I'm told the German border at Basel opens at midnight on Monday. So really it's only open from Tuesday.
That's very interesting and also doesn't align very well with me having a free monday off work
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Old 13.06.2020, 21:02
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

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For food shopping?

You need to buy at least EUR 150, and VAT is only 4%, hardly worth the trouble.

Tom
To be honest I agree that it's hardly worth the trouble sometimes but it's very well worth the trip over to get the Kerry Gold Salted Butter in normal slab form and in spreadable container form.

Another staple which is usually purchased from Edeka in Germany is Doritos but happily they can now be found in the newly opened Aldi in Feldmeilen in case anyone else also fancies them.
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Old 13.06.2020, 21:22
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To be honest I agree that it's hardly worth the trouble sometimes.
I was referring to reclaiming VAT on food, not shopping in general.

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I'm told the German border at Basel opens at midnight on Monday. So really it's only open from Tuesday.
Are you sure that it doesn't mean Monday morning at 00:01? If you are correct there will be a lot of disappointed (and angry) people at the border. All the communications I have seen to date have said that the borders will be open as of June 15th, which would mean Monday.

Apparently German customs have already been stamping the receipts for MWSt since June 2nd.
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Are you sure that it doesn't mean Monday morning at 00:01? If you are correct there will be a lot of disappointed (and angry) people at the border. All the communications I have seen to date have said that the borders will be open as of June 15th, which would mean Monday.
He is correct.

15th of June will be the last day of the restrictions from the German border, and not the first day where the restrictions are lifted.

So many people got this wrong that in Konstanz they even set up festivities for the opening on the 15th even tho shopping trips are not allowed :P

(I would guess they might change this, given that hardly anybody took the time to read properly, and amount of people to be send back might be huge)
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Are you sure that it doesn't mean Monday morning at 00:01? If you are correct there will be a lot of disappointed (and angry) people at the border. All the communications I have seen to date have said that the borders will be open as of June 15th, which would mean Monday.

Apparently German customs have already been stamping the receipts for MWSt since June 2nd.
There seems to be a bit of a lingustic muddle between the French and German interpritation of "midnight".
The french have said that the borders will be opening from midnight on the 15th.. meaning 00.01 Monday morning.
The germans have said the same, but they mean after midnight on the 15th, so 00.01 on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20200613/con...reopening-date
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There seems to be a bit of a lingustic muddle between the French and German interpritation of "midnight".
The french have said that the borders will be opening from midnight on the 15th.. meaning 00.01 Monday morning.
The germans have said the same, but they mean after midnight on the 15th, so 00.01 on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20200613/con...reopening-date
I've no clue why so many people have it wrong tho and it imho has nothing to do with how "0:00" should be interpreted, but the Germans said on the 10th of June:

"Ende der Binnengrenzkontrollen mit Ablauf des 15. Juni"

https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-...-enden-1758920

Which simply means that the restrictions will be gone when the 15th has expired and thus with the start of the 16th the restrictions are gone (where it concerns the border to Switzerland) Which is also extremely clearly said in the picture.

I think it is simply a case of somebody having it wrong and the rest just follows and nobody checks a proper source.
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

According to a tweet from the german goverment, the borders will be open from 00:01 on Monday (night from Sunday to Monday).

https://www.20min.ch/story/das-grenz...s-601571555372

There will be 2 celebrations on Monday to honor the reopening of the border.
However, the ships on the lake constance start on Tuesday (from Romanshorn to Friedrichshafen for example).
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

It would appear that in the meantime the German government have realised the confusion caused and shopping trips will indeed be allowed on Monday already.
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

Have seen a lot more german and French people on the road today (seeing their number plates) hope everyone is healthy 😬
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

Shopped today in Jestetten - no problems at all. Was actually one of the more pleasant outings across the border!
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

Didn't know where to place this but I'm curious.

As the border is open, it is time to stock up on the stuff from amazon.de I've run out of. I noticed the remark <<Preise inkl. temporär gesenkter USt>> (prices including temporarily lowered VAT) absolutely everywhere.

What is this about?! Did Germany temporarily lower the VAT and why? Or not only Germany but .... who else? And does it (and if so what? ) have to do with covid 19?

Anybody know the answers?
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Didn't know where to place this but I'm curious.

As the border is open, it is time to stock up on the stuff from amazon.de I've run out of. I noticed the remark <<Preise inkl. temporär gesenkter USt>> (prices including temporarily lowered VAT) absolutely everywhere.

What is this about?! Did Germany temporarily lower the VAT and why? Or not only Germany but .... who else? And does it (and if so what? ) have to do with covid 19?

Anybody know the answers?
To give the economie an extra boost and to raise buying power of the population they as of yesterday lowered the VAT from 19% to 16% and the 7% down to 5%, this lasts till the 1st of December 2020
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

Germany lowered VAT from 19% to 16%
https://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtscha...mehrwertsteuer
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Re: Border Open for Food Shopping

Interesting. Thanks.

Wonder how that works in daily life for Mr. and Mrs. German as the shops would have to change all prices on the products/shelves. That again sounds like a lot more work/costs for the sellers (unless they just keep it to themselves )

But I take it they are smart and just deduct it somehow at check-out.
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