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tax free shopping

Tbilisi, Georgia
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tax free shopping


I arrive in Frankfurt on Sunday morning and I will stay there 1 week.

I am going to purchase toys and different things. So where can I do my shopping to get back tax and do i need to present the purchases to tax free officer in the airport.

If yes, where I can get tax back besides airport.

Is something special that I can not cross the border in my hands?



Mannheim, Germany
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1. Re: tax free shopping

Some shops will ship you purchase straight to your country and deduct the tax right away, however I don't know how much the transport will cost. If you have the ware in your hands you need to show that it leaves the country with you, so only the airport is possible. I don't know what else is restricted except the usual (liquids in the handluggage, explosives, fireworks etc) - that's a question you need to ask in Georgia.

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2. Re: tax free shopping

You need to present your purchase at the airport in order to prove that they are leaving the country with you.

I don't know of any goods that can't be exported from Germany (besides drugs, weapons etc). Better ask what you are allowed to take into Georgia.

Tbilisi, Georgia
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thank a lot

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4. Re: tax free shopping

How it works generally:


That's a hell of paper work for the shop owner. But note the 2nd last paragraph

"The seller can also make use of a service company operating at the border crossing or airports. On receipt of the export documentation confirmed by the customs authorities, this company will pay the amount of the tax less a service charge. The service company will then have the amount of the tax payments refunded by the domestic seller."

Often shops show by stickers that they are partner of such a service company. Or just ask. This is the only realistic way for tax free shopping. Such service companies are e.g.



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