In 2017, Paris Louvre Duty Free decides to collect some useful informations to help you figure out European Union countries’ shopping tax refund policies. The guide will explain clairly all the existing updated tax refund pocedures, we wish that this articles will provide you some convenicence during your visit.
Tax refund and tax-free these two words we have heard a lot, then how to benefit these tax refunds when we buy products in France ? What kind of conditions that UE’s law requires for duty-free shopping?
According to the the french official customs anouncement the following people can enjoy duty-free service
If you are a tourist, or a business visitor, to prove the aforementioned conditions, All you need to do is to show your sales advisor your passport and the corresonpding visa.
Tax refund goods should be sold for tourists, the following products can not benefit the right to tax refund
Goods sold in the Paris Louvre Duty Free Shop do not belong to the aforementioned categories. If you have a doubt, you can contact Customs for more information.
The purchased product should presumed for personal use.
You should carry the good claimed on the refund ticket to facilitate the occasional check .
In Paris Louvre Duty Free Shop, we use the electronic tax refund system called “Pablo”, which you can scan at the airport for a refund. (see the picture above)
Customs artificial tax refund system with stamps – this tax refund process is complicated, you should present your purchased items and invoices to the customs then receive a stamped ticket which should be sent back to the store where you’ve bought your items.
Departure from France
France airport departure tax refund steps
You should note that in the case of customs checks that you must be able to provide them the goods on your tax refund ticket.
Railway station, harbor and highway depqrture’q tax refund steps
It’s the same process, you need to declare tax refund to the Customs at the departure.
Departure from other EU countries
When leaving the country, you will need to declare to customs your purchased items, and return the customs’ ticket to the store where you purchased these items.
This declaration must be sent to your shopping mall or directly to the tax refund company (Global Blue, Détaxe etc..) within 6 months after your return
There are two cases:
TIPS for tourists exit EU countries : Always buy your products in a same shop, before your departure! Otherwise, your tax refund process will be multiplied and it could be a waste of time !
When you leave the country and forget to declare your tax refund? It does not matter, Louvre Duty Free Shop will help you to solve these problems!
Departure from France
You will need to apply for a later tax refund request to the customs authorities where you leaved.
Such as the Charles de Gaulle Regional Customs
The website of the relevant French customs authorities is :
You will need to prepare some notes to explain why you didn’t declare when applying to customs
At the same time, you need to provide the following documents
If you leaved from another EU country , and forget to declare tax refund
You will need to send all the above documents to the following address.
Direction régionale des douanes de Paris
30 rue Raoul Wallenberg
-Paris-Louvre duty free shop’s original shopping guide.