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Amount of duty-free imports disputed in the consultation process

The federal government's plan to halve the tax-free limit at customs from CHF 300 to CHF 150 does not meet with unanimous approval. The SP and consumer protection groups reject it. However, it does not go far enough for the retail trade and the economy.

The Federal Department of Finance (FDF) is proposing to reduce the value-free limit for travel to CHF 150 per person from January 1, 2025. A lower amount would disproportionately increase the costs at border crossings. More smuggling would also have to be expected. The consultation on this ended on Friday.

The Swiss Retail Federation, on the other hand, like the Swiss Trade Association (SGV), is calling for an exemption limit of CHF 50. The business umbrella organization Economiesuisse believes that the exemption limit should be at or close to zero francs from a "purely tax system" perspective.

According to the SP, the plan only penalizes consumers. The Foundation for Consumer Protection is therefore also against the reduction.

©Keystone/SDA

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