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Customs and fake imitation goods

Are you allowed to import fake goods into Switzerland ? We are going to Turkey for holidays.
I know that in certain European countries you are officially allowed to bring max. 3 counterfeit products with you.
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Old 06.06.2014, 11:17
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Are you allowed to import fake goods into Switzerland ? We are going to Turkey for holidays.
I know that in certain European countries you are officially allowed to bring max. 3 counterfeit products with you.
No your not, it can get very expensive for you if you get caught.
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I know that in certain European countries you are officially allowed to bring max. 3 counterfeit products with you.
I find that hard to believe, if its wrong its wrong.
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

Believe .....
It is so

You can read it for yourself, with link to official custom website:

Exception

It is forbidden to bring in and import counterfeit products. However you are allowed to bring in personally a very small quantity of counterfeit goods intended for personal use. The table below lists types of counterfeit products and quantities allowed to be brought in (according to the directives of the Public Prosecutions Service). If Customs finds more goods per defined category in your baggage than the quantity listed in the table below, Customs will confiscate all goods of the defined category. You will also have to pay a penalty.

Table: Despite prohibition you are allowed to bring in the following counterfeit products

Type of
counterfeit
product
Maximum
quantity
RemarksWatches3 articles
Perfume/
Eau de toilette
250 ml
Video and audio
media with the
exception of master(s)
3 pieces/media
Distinct titles
A DVD containing 3 distinct films counts as 3 media
Software and gamesNone
Other goods
(such as clothing
and toys)
3 articles/pairs

Please note!
This exception only applies if you bring in these goods yourself as a traveller. If counterfeit goods enter the Netherlands by post or courier the counterfeit goods will be confiscated and you may be prosecuted.
Moreover, bringing the (counterfeit) goods into the Netherlands should in itself be permitted. A private person is not permitted e.g. to bring fake firearms into the Netherlands.

http://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/wc...rfeit_products
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

print your Dutch form out, import the good and share your experience on the forum.
preferably do you on a Friday afternoon so that we can all have a good laugh.
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Old 06.06.2014, 11:31
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

I'm surprised NL allows this. Sad really.

Switzerland does not. Fines have been handed out in the 10,000F region plus hassle from the trademark holders.

Search the forum. There are a few threads about this.
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print your Dutch form out, import the good and share your experience on the forum.
preferably do you on a Friday afternoon so that we can all have a good laugh.
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I know that in certain European countries you are officially allowed to bring max. 3 counterfeit products with you.
I went to one of those. Apparently I was also allowed one murder and two thefts. Quite limiting, but you learn to pick your targets.
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

How about fake money? can I bring some of that in??
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Are you allowed to import fake goods into Switzerland ? We are going to Turkey for holidays.
I know that in certain European countries you are officially allowed to bring max. 3 counterfeit products with you.
No can do in Switzerland...

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It is against the law to bring in forgeries and pirated copies of goods, brands and designer items of any kind, including for personal use. Counterfeit goods will be confiscated and destroyed.
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

What is the whole point in buying fake items? Save money but then you know the item is fake...For me personally the essence of having the item is lost if its to buy fake.You buy an original watch for you like it and pleasure to wear one...whats the point to buy a fake rolex when you know what you are wearing is fake...Baffles me...
To the OP, like everyone above has posted bringing fake items in Switzerland is not allowed. Advise you to read the notices in Airport when you are leaving for Turkey.
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

the real trouble with fakes over the real deal is everyone thinks its a fake anyway, see a young girl with a LV bag - fake, see a guy with a flashy rolex - fake so it really doesn't matter if its real or not, most people will think its a fake.
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

Now... I would wonder how are they expected to figure out the counterfeit stuff... esp in clothing... esp if they are not new and are neatly packed with all the rest. Do Adibas sports shoes qualify as counterfeit or are considered a brand in its own right ?
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

First of all: The OP made a question that sounds silly to people who know and understand the Swiss culture well. Then people did not believe him about other EU countries having a different attitude... then he delivered the proof and I must say that makes it an absolutely valid question.


I was surprised as well that the Dutch would formalize what in other countries would fall under turn a blind eye to small fish.




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I'm surprised NL allows this. Sad really.

I think this is not sad but pragmatic. I want the customs to make sure they have the time and manpower to hunt criminals, not to harass every tourist with a crocodile on his t shirt. It's important to stop organized crime trying to sell huge shipments of fake bags or t shirts, but do you really need to fine every tourist who did not check if the 15 CHF sunglasses he bought on the beach is actually a counterfeit or just a pair of cheap sunglasses.



On top of that do fashion brands continuously battle it out where imitation starts... how many stripes in what direction on a pair of trainers are ok and when is it a knock-off? I don't think the average customs guy should need to care and overall they don't.


P.S> Looking through the Dutch form: Who on earth wants to buy fake perfume?! It does not sound like a smart idea to use something on your skin that has been brewed in some third world country sweat shop...
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First of all: The OP made a question that sounds silly to people who know and understand the Swiss culture well. Then people did not believe him about other EU countries having a different attitude... then he delivered the proof and I must say that makes it an absolutely valid question.


I was surprised as well that the Dutch would formalize what in other countries would fall under turn a blind eye to small fish.


I think this is not sad but pragmatic. I want the customs to make sure they have the time and manpower to hunt criminals, not to harass every tourist with a crocodile on his t shirt. It's important to stop organized crime trying to sell huge shipments of fake bags or t shirts, but do you really need to fine every tourist who did not check if the 15 CHF sunglasses he bought on the beach is actually a counterfeit or just a pair of cheap sunglasses.


On top of that do fashion brands continuously battle it out where imitation starts... how many stripes in what direction on a pair of trainers are ok and when is it a knock-off? I don't think the average customs guy should need to care and overall they don't.


P.S> Looking through the Dutch form: Who on earth wants to buy fake perfume?! It does not sound like a smart idea to use something on your skin that has been brewed in some third world country sweat shop...
There are plenty of laws that are not enforced down to the last person. Highly unlikely that every tourist will be scrutinized. and anyway even if there is a limit of 3 are they going to check every tourist has only 3 items vs checking them for zero items?

Allowing this dilutes the market. I don't care about "cheap" crocodile t-shirts or movies so much but once you start importing fake expensive watches, jewelry, handbags, etc they will make their way back into the market place down the line. It's a mess.

The amount of fake 925 silver coming out of China is out of control. They just print 925 on any white metal. Sure they sell it cheap but then it enters the market and gets sold on as silver when it's not. Again, a mess.
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Re: Customs and fake imitation goods

Next topics from the OP:

-Customs stooped me and fined me for my fake bag. Whyyyyy?

-Anybody wants to buy this LV bag? Its real. Honest!
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the real trouble with fakes over the real deal is everyone thinks its a fake anyway, see a young girl with a LV bag - fake, see a guy with a flashy rolex - fake so it really doesn't matter if its real or not, most people will think its a fake.
Depends who you are. Some people could wear a load of fakes and you'd assume they were real. I'm sorry stuff looks fake on you

OP: bring fake stuff into Switzerland and they'll crush the life out of you.
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Depends who you are. Some people could wear a load of fakes and you'd assume they were real. I'm sorry stuff looks fake on you

OP: bring fake stuff into Switzerland and they'll crush the life out of you.

means I'm less likely to be mugged
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Now... I would wonder how are they expected to figure out the counterfeit stuff... esp in clothing... esp if they are not new and are neatly packed with all the rest. Do Adibas sports shoes qualify as counterfeit or are considered a brand in its own right ?

Made in Ethiopia?
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I was once mugged dressed head-to-toe in Primani
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