Date
19 September 2017
Swiss customs authorities refuse to make an exception for German pizza deliveries. Photo: Internet
Swiss customs authorities refuse to make an exception for German pizza deliveries. Photo: Internet

German pizza to go, but not to Switzerland

You can’t have your pizza and eat it too.

For Swiss foodies, that means pizzas delivered from neighboring Germany — where the price of the the toppings-rich flat bread is cheaper and the taste arguably much better — will have to pass through customs.

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) for Hochrhein-Bodensee, a German region that borders Switzerland, had lobbied for an exception in the case of pizza delivery, but the Swiss customs administration has decided against such a move for the time being, Reuters reports.

“IHK Hochrhein-Bodensee is disappointed with this information and will, in the interests of our member companies, continue to work to find a solution,” Uwe Boehm, the head of the business chamber, said.

“Considering that the demand for pizza is biggest in the evening hours, when the customs office is closed, this amounts to an export ban,” the German press agency DPA quoted Boehm as saying.

Before the ruling was made, many German enterprises across the border were offering deals targeting Swiss customers.

That’s a great arrangement for both parties: Germans enjoyed more business while Swiss bargain hunters could buy cheaper goods with their strong currency.

But Swiss authorities thought that cross-border food deliveries were in violation of customs regulations. 

The IHK Hochrhein-Bodensee asked for an exception in the case of pizza deliveries, but Switzerland‘s top customs official, Rudolf Dietrich, put his foot down.

He argued that a special arrangement for pizzas would only prompt others — German bakers, pharmacists, caterers and couriers — to raise similar demands, DPA reports.

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