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Old 24.03.2011, 21:15
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Visiting CH ? Don't forget to claim your VAT

Yessir, from 1st May, visitors can claim back the VAT on their purchases here in CH.

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Visitors to Switzerland can from May 1 purchase souvenirs like watches and jewellery without paying Value Added Tax (VAT).

Currently tourists must fill out an official form for any souvenirs they are taking out of the country – which must be stamped by Swiss customs – if they want to receive back the VAT.

In future, any foreign customs officials, or Swiss embassy or consulate, can confirm that the object in question has been taken out of Switzerland.

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Old 25.03.2011, 21:21
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Re: Visiting CH ? Don't forget to claim your VAT

The article seems very vague. So if my parents buy something from here on holiday. What do they do to get the VAT back?

If they are flying out from GVA on the way back home.
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Old 25.03.2011, 21:32
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Re: Visiting CH ? Don't forget to claim your VAT

From the Finance Ministry, originally in DE:

Tax-free export of goods in travel easier

Bern, 24.03.2011 - The VAT exemption of supplies in the future travel is easier and more transparent. Proof of export may be issued by tour operators, new and or other places abroad under certain conditions. The Federal Department of Finance (FDF) today adopted a Regulation. It occurs on 1 May 2011 in force.

Thus, when goods cross-border travel can be exempted from VAT, a proof is necessary that the subject has left to Switzerland. The Regulation of the EFD governs the exemption of the domestic supply of goods which are exported to foreign countries for personal use.



Typically it is about watches and jewelry items. The proof of export can now be made in various ways. A stamped registration form there is no longer mandatory. This eliminates the subsequent certification of export documents by the Swiss Federal Customs Administration (FCA). Who could catch on exports no export confirmation can now leave through the foreign customs authority or through the Swiss Embassy or Swiss consulate to confirm the country of residence that a subject is abroad. The FCA will export documents but after the entry into force continue to stamp later, during a reasonable transition period.


The greatest simplification of the new regulation is the provision for groups. Tour operators to confirm the future under certain conditions, the export of the goods and obtain that the tax exemption in the shop premises.



Two parliamentary motions (motions 09.3986 09.4060 Briner and Flückiger-Bäni) are met by the adoption of the regulation. These motions called for administrative simplification of the export certificate for the enforcement authorities, the retail sector and affected travelers and tourists have been required.


The entry into force of new legislation, the Ordinance of the FDF of 11 repealed December 2009 on the exemption of domestic supplies of goods for export travel.




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Re: Visiting CH ? Don't forget to claim your VAT

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Duty-free shopping to be possible on arrival

On June 1, Switzerland will join the list of countries which open up their duty-free shops at airports to incoming passengers.

The move would grant Swiss airports a competitive edge, create up to 80 new jobs and boost extra revenue by an estimated SFr60 million ($56.4 million) annually, according to the government on Wednesday.

Currently, only passengers leaving Switzerland can visit duty-free shops at airports. At present 58 countries around the world, including five in Europe, which offer duty-free shopping for both arriving or departing air travellers.

From June, this will also be possible at the airports of Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lugano and Bern.

The amount one can buy will remain the same: one litre of strong alcohol plus two litres of alcohol under 15 per cent alcohol by volume, 200 cigarettes and with a total limit of SFr300 ($335).
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Re: Visiting CH ? Don't forget to claim your VAT

Forgive me... but am I missing something here?

As CH is not in the EU, a company exporting anything that leaves the "shores" is not eligible for VAT anyhow; just needs the export paperwork. So I guess a tourist would at present have to buy something and get the vendor to export it to their home address to be VAT exempt... OK

However... If customs stamp the VAT claim back form, as you can do leaving UK to US etc, is it not the case that EU customs will be on the look out for people bringing watches back.. Thus charging a HIGHER rate of VAT on import into their country??? You'd have to officially declare it and end-up paying far more!
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From the Finance Ministry, originally in DE:

Tax-free export of goods in travel easier

Bern, 24.03.2011 - The VAT exemption of supplies in the future travel is easier and more transparent. Proof of export may be issued by tour operators, new and or other places abroad under certain conditions. The Federal Department of Finance (FDF) today adopted a Regulation. It occurs on 1 May 2011 in force.

Thus, when goods cross-border travel can be exempted from VAT, a proof is necessary that the subject has left to Switzerland. The Regulation of the EFD governs the exemption of the domestic supply of goods which are exported to foreign countries for personal use.



Typically it is about watches and jewelry items. The proof of export can now be made in various ways. A stamped registration form there is no longer mandatory. This eliminates the subsequent certification of export documents by the Swiss Federal Customs Administration (FCA). Who could catch on exports no export confirmation can now leave through the foreign customs authority or through the Swiss Embassy or Swiss consulate to confirm the country of residence that a subject is abroad. The FCA will export documents but after the entry into force continue to stamp later, during a reasonable transition period.


The greatest simplification of the new regulation is the provision for groups. Tour operators to confirm the future under certain conditions, the export of the goods and obtain that the tax exemption in the shop premises.



Two parliamentary motions (motions 09.3986 09.4060 Briner and Flückiger-Bäni) are met by the adoption of the regulation. These motions called for administrative simplification of the export certificate for the enforcement authorities, the retail sector and affected travelers and tourists have been required.

The entry into force of new legislation, the Ordinance of the FDF of 11 repealed December 2009 on the exemption of domestic supplies of goods for export travel.

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We often had/have foreign customers in our shop, purchasing stuff with a considerable total value. What we then do is that we issue an export-declaration, affix a return-envelope to the copy, and instruct them to go to the automatic counter right behind passport control, which is much easier than what I see above here. Condition of course is that we "know" the customer and trust the customer to play along. If so, we DO deduct the VAT accordingly. If not so, we will send him the money as soon as we get the copy.
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Well, clearly the reason why they're fumbling around with this sort of thing is because they've apparently realised that any tourist would be half a peanut short of a snickers to buy anything here at all. The exchange rate makes any sort of shopping insane. In fact, I'm in the UK currently and some of the things I'm bringing back is a stack of Lindt chocolate and eggs and a Swiss army knife. And the price difference was substantially more than the poultry VAT you'll get back.
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Well, clearly the reason why they're fumbling around with this sort of thing is because they've apparently realised that any tourist would be half a peanut short of a snickers to buy anything here at all. The exchange rate makes any sort of shopping insane. In fact, I'm in the UK currently and some of the things I'm bringing back is a stack of Lindt chocolate and eggs and a Swiss army knife. And the price difference was substantially more than the poultry VAT you'll get back.
Well, Germans from North of the border go to Switzerland to purchase
- TVs
- photo-cameras
- cigarettes
- stationary
- photographic films
- aircraft models
which are cheaper in Switzerland than in Germany
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while Swiss go to Germany to purchase
- food
- wines and spirits
- books
- furniture

BOTH go to the other side to purchase special products
for a variety of reasons, and
BOTH make purchases when being somewhere anyway

And if you happen to see Germans buying coffee of Jacobs in Switzerland, they have not become insane, but will tell you that the roasting of Jacobs in Switzerland is better than the one of Jacobs in Germany.

Sugar in Germany and in Italy is better than its Swiss equivalent as it contains more sugar-cane sugar (not so much turnip-sugar)
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Well, Germans from North of the border go to Switzerland to purchase
- TVs
- photo-cameras
- cigarettes
- stationary
- photographic films
- aircraft models
which are cheaper in Switzerland than in Germany
-
while Swiss go to Germany to purchase
- food
- wines and spirits
- books
- furniture

BOTH go to the other side to purchase special products
for a variety of reasons, and
BOTH make purchases when being somewhere anyway

And if you happen to see Germans buying coffee of Jacobs in Switzerland, they have not become insane, but will tell you that the roasting of Jacobs in Switzerland is better than the one of Jacobs in Germany.

Sugar in Germany and in Italy is better than its Swiss equivalent as it contains more sugar-cane sugar (not so much turnip-sugar)
Rofl Wolli....
Food, drinks, clothes are more expensive here and....pens and paper and model aircraft are cheaper here. Few, thought I didn't have a point there for a second.

And does anyone really still purchase photo film? I'm sure Germans are taking photos with their iPhones like the rest of the world.
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Old 23.04.2011, 13:07
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Rofl Wolli....
Food, drinks, clothes are more expensive here and....pens and paper and model aircraft are cheaper here. Few, thought I didn't have a point there for a second.

And does anyone really still purchase photo film? I'm sure Germans are taking photos with their iPhones like the rest of the world.
We permanently sell Kodak Elitechrome 100 and Fuji Provia 100. We are almost sold out with both but get a new delivery late next week. And quite many of our customers are Germans. We know that our colleagues/competitors in places like München, Amsterdam, Berlin sell these films in remarkable quantitities, and our supplier is a company on the Channel Islands doing most of their sales to the United Kingdom

The "point" is that MOST stuff is far cheaper in Germany, but the other "point" is that the choice in Zurich is far better than in places like Konstanz and Singen. Talk with German shoppers here in Zurich and this is roughly what they tell you
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We permanently sell Kodak Elitechrome 100 and Fuji Provia 100. We are almost sold out with both but get a new delivery late next week. And quite many of our customers are Germans. We know that our colleagues/competitors in places like München, Amsterdam, Berlin sell these films in remarkable quantitities, and our supplier is a company on the Channel Islands doing most of their sales to the United Kingdom

The "point" is that MOST stuff is far cheaper in Germany, but the other "point" is that the choice in Zurich is far better than in places like Konstanz and Singen. Talk with German shoppers here in Zurich and this is roughly what they tell you
Wolli I don't need to talk with anyone regarding film sales. You are speaking about a completely insignificant amount of cross border trade when you speak about Germans crossing borders to purchase camera film. I understand it might be big business for you, but it's totally irrelevant on a national scale.

Additionally, while the choice in Zurich might be better than Singen, there aren't that many more examples between the two countries in that direction, where that's true. Fundamentally most everything here's more expensive.
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And the price difference was substantially more than the poultry VAT you'll get back.
i like the easter themed VAT
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Re: Visiting CH ? Don't forget to claim your VAT

Who cares about the old fashion Kodak films save a few amateur photographers loving their archaic toys?

You can see crowds with CH nameplate crossing the border in Bad Sackingen, Waldshut Tiengen, Rheinfelden just to name a few. Poor souls have had it with local Migros and Coop moguls and felt being ripped off the normality and detested by highly inflated prices, they decided to explore Kaufland megastores. Selection is much greater, affordability unbeaten and you really find simple products that you are used to all at reasonable prices. Why those crowds go there, notorious queues at the border check with VAT claimants waving green forms in their hands. It speaks for itself. Busy custom officers chase after petpetrators who exceed allowed limits of meat 500g and hide booze under the backseat. Serious felony is going on there, right? Only when it heavily pours with rain, you are exempted from being checked because no one wants to stick out their necks in dreadful weather in search of your boot.

Tax exemption is like someone is taking piss out of you, like Migro's point system on Cumulus card. They make you feel like you are really saving something. Only buying on sales can make sense here. Having said that electronic's prices are on par.
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Wolli I don't need to talk with anyone regarding film sales. You are speaking about a completely insignificant amount of cross border trade when you speak about Germans crossing borders to purchase camera film. I understand it might be big business for you, but it's totally irrelevant on a national scale.

Additionally, while the choice in Zurich might be better than Singen, there aren't that many more examples between the two countries in that direction, where that's true. Fundamentally most everything here's more expensive.

The shopping of Germans in Zurich not only is significant, it is VITAL. Without the German shoppers, much of retail business in Zurich downtown would collapse.

There are reasons why Zurich each Saturday is flooded by German motor cars. And do not talk about the banks, as the banks are closed on Saturday. These Germans are not coming to feed the ducks on the Lake of Zurich
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