Shopping tourists welcome – the Swiss are missing – German dealer in fear of ExistenzDie, sales of many retailers in southern Germany slumped up to 60 percent. The absence of shopping tourists from Switzerland, presses heavily on the turnover.To do 8 Kommentare8Bald more: Federal police officer at the customs office in Konstanz, control of cross-border commuters in March.(KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza/16. March 2020)

Swiss guests who want to fill their shopping bags in the middle of the border area, normally bring momentum in the retail trade in the South of the Federal Republic of Germany. However, since the mid-March closing is due to the Coronavirus crisis.

people from Non-EU countries can go due to the border closures, not just in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg shopping. In order to pass the customs, it needs a valid reason. The revenues of the many retailers in the South of Germany fell dramatically as a result. In food retailing, sales declines were between 30 and 60 percent found, said the chief Executive of the chamber of industry and Commerce Hochrhein-Bodensee, Claudius Marx. Many traders would fear for their existence, should not open the borders to Switzerland soon again. The Same advance is true for gastronomy, hotel industry and numerous services, whose business model is the direct contact with the customer set.

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In the past year had customers from Switzerland, in the counties purchased Lörrach, Waldshut and Constance for around 1.5 billion euros (Swiss francs), explained Marx. How high is the damage add up at the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, and whether and how many bankruptcies it on the way there, will give, is at the Moment difficult to predict. A survey by the trade Association of Baden-Württemberg revealed recently that almost a quarter (23 percent) of all traders in the country recorded a decline of up to 80 percent, as the Deputy managing Director Utz hostage said HART. The German retailers began to rely on a high demand, if the limit of 15. June re-opened.

For the staff of the customs of the past weeks were a relief, because many of the Service switch were closed. There, the forms are processed, with which shopping tourists from Non-EU countries, the VAT refund can. The customs staff were supported in the time of the industrial goods, said a spokesman for the General Directorate of customs in Bonn.


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