I usually fly in and out from CDG and have no problems in getting stamps for detax etc. The first time, I made the mistake of checking in my luggage before heading to the office for the stamps, thinking that I would have less luggage to carry out and that it would be easier. The officer told me that I would need to show them the merchandise before they would stamp the paper. Anyway, he let me by that time.
I have learned since then. A different sort of problem arose on my last trip from HAM to LAX with a layover at CDG. I went to the detax office for the stamp at HAM airport and happily showed them the merchandise, some of which I was wearing. The officer told me that, since I did not have the merchandise packed in my luggage, I would have to do the detax stamp at CDG. This piece of information seemed to contradict what I had been told at CDG in previous trips. That is, if the merchandise is packed in luggage that is already checked in, so that it would not be possible to show the merchandise, they would stamp the paperwork for me at HAM but not at CDG. That seems to be a bit of contradiction, or is it?
The layover at CDG was really tight and I did not have time to do the detax. I was told that I can get the stamp at the French Embassy. Has anyone else encountered this sort of problem? Did you go to the French Embassy for the stamp, and where is it anyway? If this happened to you, please let me know how you went about getting it resolved?
One more detax question. It seems to me that you would get different percentage of tax back at different stores. Some give you 16%, but I rarely got those while others give only about 5% back. The usual is 10%. I have no idea about the variability. Does anyone have any idea who or what determines the percent of tax you would get back? It seems arbitrary to me.
Thanks very much in advance and Happy Holidays!