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New 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 will enter 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:
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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