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Old 12.01.2021, 12:57
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Importation meat products post-brexit

I understand now that personal importation from the UK to Switzerland of meat and animal products such as cheese is now banned even though Switzerland is not in the EU.

However, fish is still allowed. Does anyone know where to find detailed rules on this e.g. do prawns count as banned meat or allowed as 'fish'?
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Old 12.01.2021, 13:05
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Re: Importation meat products post-brexit

Prawns are fish.

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Re: Importation meat products post-brexit

Have a look at this document from the EU Commision.
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Old 12.01.2021, 14:13
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Re: Importation meat products post-brexit

Yes, it looks like we could be back to the days when blatant protectionism and covert support of domestic agriculture or industry is dressed up as issues of public health or national security.

Here, incidentally, is a Swiss politician ( Bundesrat Merz ) breaking into uncontrollable laughter, during a speech of his, at the bureaucratic language used to finely differentiate meat products [including Bundnerfleisch] for import control / taxation purposes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBeLCDTPs8o .

Not many politicians, incidentally, have this exemplary objectivity to clearly signal that what they are saying is complete rubbish.
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"A Dutch TV network has filmed border officials confiscating ham sandwiches and other foods from drivers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK, under post-Brexit rules.

The officials were shown explaining import regulations imposed since the UK formalised its separation from the EU.

Under EU rules, travellers from outside the bloc are banned from bringing in meat and dairy products.

The rules appeared to bemuse one driver.

"Since Brexit, you are no longer allowed to bring certain foods to Europe, like meat, fruit, vegetables, fish, that kind of stuff," a Dutch border official told the driver in footage broadcast by TV network NPO 1.

In one scene, a border official asked the driver whether several of his tin-foil wrapped sandwiches had meat in them.

When the driver said they did, the border official said: "Okay, so we take them all."

Surprised, the driver then asked the officials if he could keep the bread, to which one replied: "No, everything will be confiscated - welcome to the Brexit, sir. I'm sorry.""

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55622331
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Re: Importation meat products post-brexit

How will it be for Grumpys pub, mousetrap in Zurich?


Something on a future wish list, to go to see all the UK Cheeses he used to have on his stall.
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Something on a future wish list, to go to see all the UK Cheeses he used to have on his stall.
The new restrictions are for personal imports, commercial trade is not affected too much (but we're noticing confusion with paperwork and supply delays - but that's partly because of Corona.
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I understand now that personal importation from the UK to Switzerland of meat and animal products such as cheese is now banned even though Switzerland is not in the EU.

However, fish is still allowed. Does anyone know where to find detailed rules on this e.g. do prawns count as banned meat or allowed as 'fish'?

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/de/home...und-tabak.html


1kg of meat per person and day is the import limit into Switzerland. The UK not being in the EU anymore is now of course a risk of importing diseases into the EU, so its banned.


The limits are in place to protect Swiss farmers, so all sort of seafood is excluded. Including prawns and all sort of shellfish.


A second loophole is game meat. Last time I went to CH I simply brought wild boar meat instead of pork...
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