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Old May 13th, 2012, 10:50 PM   #6041
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Romanians go to Serbia, Ukraine or Republic of Moldova (whichever is closer...)

PS: in the '90s I remember that fuel was very cheap in Romania compared with Hungary, so it was profitable to fill up your tank in Romania, drive to Hungary and sell all the fuel from your tank there, and return home with the red light for low fuel turned on.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 11:13 PM   #6042
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I do not know how keen the Norwegian customs authorities are to catch the Norwegian redidents transporting booze.
Confiscated in 2011:
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72 000 l wine
42 000 l spirits
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Old May 13th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #6043
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Everyone overhere buys fuel, cigs and booze in Luxemburg
It was remarkable to see filling stations (at least a dozen of them) line up in towns right behind the German border, e.g. in Schengen!
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Old May 14th, 2012, 01:34 AM   #6044
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What is the point in smuggling booze between Norway and Finland?
Plus, that border is very remote, above the Arctic circle and far away from any town. I wonder how many people cross it every day.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 01:53 AM   #6045
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It is inside EU... but knowing that both coins (Euro - Finnish and Swedish) are accepted, even that with one hour of difference between both countries, there are clocks with both times (indicating both countries)...

will you find any problem to export any furniture if you buy it in the centre of the image and you export to Finland?

http://maps.google.es/?ll=65.848259,...69086&t=h&z=13


(it is the Ikea located more in the north of the planet... and obviously, in the Swedish side of the border).

A little more in the north, a golf course between two countries.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 06:17 AM   #6046
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What is the point in smuggling booze between Norway and Finland?
Plus, that border is very remote, above the Arctic circle and far away from any town. I wonder how many people cross it every day.
The price is double in Norway, and the selection smaller.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 06:20 AM   #6047
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It is inside EU... but knowing that both coins (Euro - Finnish and Swedish) are accepted, even that with one hour of difference between both countries, there are clocks with both times (indicating both countries)...

will you find any problem to export any furniture if you buy it in the centre of the image and you export to Finland?

http://maps.google.es/?ll=65.848259,...69086&t=h&z=13


(it is the Ikea located more in the north of the planet... and obviously, in the Swedish side of the border).

A little more in the north, a golf course between two countries.
It is intra-EU trade, thus no problem.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 06:32 AM   #6048
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yeah free trade.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 09:23 AM   #6049
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yeah free trade.
Yes, it is, but let's not forget that there are a few things still under control and / or limitation: alcohol, cigarettes, fuel, weapons, money over 15k€. E-OT
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Old May 15th, 2012, 03:37 PM   #6050
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More Google Street View borders

With Google Street View now active for Estonia and Latvia, there are lots of border crossings (some more elaborate than others) shown.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 05:24 PM   #6051
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Latvia - Estonia





Latvia - Lithuania (E77)
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Old May 15th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #6052
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we could go on. The germans in Czech Republic or Poland, the Czechs in Slovakia, Polish in Belarus, Slovaks in Ukraine...

I just dont think that the Russians go to Japan to buy there sake . It may be though that the Japanese go to USA for cheaper alcohol... lol
I think Germany will get you the most affordable alcoholic beverages.image hosted on flickr



The further east you go, the more you endanger yourself of getting fake hazardous low quality vodka.

I really miss the estonian beer SAKU and the russian BALTIKA though I haven't been drinking that since 1998. I have never seen those brands in other countries.

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Old May 15th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #6053
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It was remarkable to see filling stations (at least a dozen of them) line up in towns right behind the German border, e.g. in Schengen!
When I worked in Luxemburg a few years ago, I filled up my car at the highway just before the German border (near Wasserbillig). There you had this huge gas station with 20 pumps or so, with a lot of Germans at them to fill up their cars with cheap fuel.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #6054
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Scottish - English border is going to be interesting place soon.

Scots set to go on cross-border booze raids after Scottish government sets cheapest price of alcohol higher than England's in minimum price crackdown

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...r-England.html

Scottish government seeks minimum alcohol price of 50p per unit

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-18052849
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Old May 15th, 2012, 09:12 PM   #6055
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With Google Street View now active for Estonia and Latvia, there are lots of border crossings (some more elaborate than others) shown.
As the both countries are members of the Schengen agreement, this is evident.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #6056
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Italians living near Slovenia cross regularily the border mostly for fuel, tobacco and meat. We did that even during Yugoslavia and the convenience was even bigger. On the other side, many Slovenes come to Italy for the Ikea in Villesse and the outlet in Palmanova. When there was Yugoslavia they went to Italy to buy stuff that were impossible to find in their country.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 11:29 PM   #6057
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Formigal is the biggest ski resort in Spain. It is located just several kilometres away from the border with France, but it has not a lot of French tourists because there are more ski resorts in the other side of the Pyrenees, the mountain pass is quite difficult and some times can be closed.

And... I got very surprised when I saw that in this gas station (https://maps.google.es/?ll=42.774078...160.81,,0,6.58) it was possible to pay with a French credit card with the own system. This is... when you pay with a credit card, the shop will use its own bank system, it doesn't matter where it comes the card.
But in this case they had both French and Spanish credit card paying machines...

I suppose that for the French one they will "record" all payments and will make a call once per day to the bank, avoiding some fares. What they will make is having a French bank account, making there all the payments once per day and sometimes making an international bank transfer.

Too complicated... but if they had enough French customers, interesting idea.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 11:31 PM   #6058
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we could go on. The germans in Czech Republic or Poland, the Czechs in Slovakia, Polish in Belarus, Slovaks in Ukraine...

I just dont think that the Russians go to Japan to buy there sake . It may be though that the Japanese go to USA for cheaper alcohol... lol
I thought Belarus and Ukraine has strict visa laws for EU citizens... And seeing that it´s not in the EU, there is not a lot you can buy there anyway...
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Old May 15th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #6059
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There is no visa necessary to travel to Ukraine from the European Union. I believe they abolished it around 2007.
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Ah ok. Still goods you can take in or out are very much restricted.
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