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French border - what can I take with me?

So I'm going to France this weekend (by car) for a short holiday and am wondering what restrictions there are in terms of bringing food into the country?

I know that things have got a little more relaxed in the last few years, but can anyone confirm if you're able to take cheese and meat over the border?

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Re: French border - what can I take with me?

do you mean bringing food back to Switzerland ?

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So I'm going to France this weekend (by car) for a short holiday and am wondering what restrictions there are in terms of bringing food into the country?

I know that things have got a little more relaxed in the last few years, but can anyone confirm if you're able to take cheese and meat over the border?

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Old 19.01.2009, 10:29
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Re: French border - what can I take with me?

No, the other way around...taking food from Switz into France. Ever done it?
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Re: French border - what can I take with me?

wanna do a bit of reading ...

(and this country is called Switzerland)


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Cheese to France .
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don't know, do you think that is not allowed, Papa Goose ?

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can anyone confirm if you're able to take cheese and meat over the border?
Yes, you can take up to 1kg of 'products of animal origin' (meat, dairy, etc) per person across the border. This is applicable for people coming from EU countries, but I assume it should be the same for people coming from Switzerland.
(http://www.douane.gouv.fr/page.asp?id=55 (only in French, sorry)

Personally, we've never been checked going across the border to France.
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Re: French border - what can I take with me?

Sada as you know I'm not a Francophile, but would have thought cheese to France is 'coals to Newcastle', but there you are. I only cross at Basel and can say that I've never ever been stopped CH - FR, but quite a lot FR - CH. I also struggle with why someone would wish to take food to France when it's always cheaper especially dairy and meat product... and the French do actually have shops and supermarkets.
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Re: French border - what can I take with me?

Actually, from the link posted by Sada, you can bring up to 5Kg of cheese from Switzerland into France.

"Personal imports of meat, meat products, milk and milk products are not allowed from countries outside the EU, with the exception of the following countries. A reasonable amount is permitted in personal luggage or by post from Andorra, Norway and San Marino. A combined total of up to 5 Kilograms is permitted in personal luggage or by post from the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland."
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I would have thought cheese to France is 'coals to Newcastle'...I also struggle with why someone would wish to take food to France when it's always cheaper especially dairy and meat product... and the French do actually have shops and supermarkets.
Thanks for your views everyone, that's a real help. The reason why I'm asking is because I'm picking up some friends from Geneva airport late on Friday night and we are all driving from there to France that evening. Of two things, I am sure - a) that we will be hungry by the time we get there and b) that the shops will be closed. So, despite what it looks like at face value, there is some rationale to my question.
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Re: French border - what can I take with me?

The vagueness of the post and sarcastic smile probably didn't help your cause. Now with the fuller explination, dependant on how far your travelling I would take supper and breakfast makings and get the rest when you get there. It's what I do, and I find it much cheaper, then stock up on beef, steak and duck for the return leg.
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