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Provisions in tourist traffic from 1 July 2014

On 2.4.2014, the Federal Council decided to simplify the provisions in tourist traffic. This concerns goods which private individuals import into Switzerland. Customs duties still have to be paid on tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and certain foodstuffs above a specific amount.

Concerning all other goods, VAT only has to be paid if the total value of all goods exceeds CHF 300. The changes entered into force on 1 July 2014.

In two steps you can check whether or not you will have to pay duty and how much duty you will have to pay:

From 1 July 2014, there are new provisions for goods which you import into Switzerland. You can check in two steps whether or not you will have to pay duty and how much duty you will have to pay:<br /> <br /> 1. Does the total value of all goods exceed CHF 300?<br /> No: exempt from VAT.<br /> Yes: VAT due on the total value.<br /> <br /> 2. Have the duty-free allowances been exceeded?<br /> No: duty-free.<br /> Yes: the excess quantities are dutiable:<br /> More than 1 kg of meat and meat products: upt to 10 kg: CHF 17 per kg; more than 10 kg: CHF 23 per kg<br /> More than 1 kg/litre of butter or cream: CHF 16 per kg/litre<br /> More than 5 kg/litres of oil, fats or margarine: CHF 2 per kg/litre<br /> More than 5 litres of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of up to 18%: CHF 2 per litre<br /> More than 1 litre of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of more than 18%: CHF 15 per litre<br /> More than 250 units of cigarettes/cigars: CHF 0.25 per unit<br /> More than 250 grammes of other tobacco products: CHF 0.10 per gramme
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Meat and meat products: this includes all edible animal body parts (with or without bones), sausages and other meat products, including prepared foodstuffs with a content of more than 20% by weight of sausage, meat or blood. Game and fish are excluded.

Please note that the importation of animal products from non-EU states is prohibited. Moreover, other goods (e.g. counterfeits, weapons and certain plants, animals and goods that are subject to species protection) may also be subject to import bans or certain restrictions.

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