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Old May 8th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #7441
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A big populous country with corruption and economical issues (Romania, Greece, Spain,...) can generate more problems to the EU system than a smaller one with similar issues (Slovenia, Cyprus, Baltics,..).
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Old May 8th, 2013, 02:05 PM   #7442
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I'm surprised by the bad position of Austria, Ireland and South Korea.
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Old May 8th, 2013, 02:23 PM   #7443
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I think there is quite some corruption in Austria, but you know, their judicial system works.
As opposite to Slovenia, where there is a corruption but part of judicial power is still from communist era, and large part of it was formed during their successors lefty governments.
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Old May 8th, 2013, 07:25 PM   #7444
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Hey, border crossings topic
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Old May 10th, 2013, 02:56 PM   #7445
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When I was in Africa a few years ago, I took a trip from Windhoek, Namibia to Livingston, Zambia to see Victoria Fall. Here are a few border pix:


The Zambian border post at Katima Mulilo. Pretty run down. The Namibian one is quite new and modern.


After seeing Vic Fall, went over to the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe


A photo of my taxi driver on the Zambian side of the line on the bridge which shows that, technically, I was in Zimbabwe (never got as far as the border post, though).


Time to leave Zambia...


...and back to Namibia.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 07:12 PM   #7446
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Nice pics!!!

Where there custom controls?
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Old May 10th, 2013, 08:00 PM   #7447
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Nice pics!!!

Where there custom controls?
Yes there were, for both Zam/Zim and Zam/Nam. The taxi driver in Livingston was able to take me onto the bridge and then back into Zambia without having to clear Zambian customs, as long as I was with him. Very helpful fellow.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #7448
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Just one question about Gibraltar. Why does the UK still persist that Gibraltar is exempt from the EU Customs Union and the VAT area?
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Old May 10th, 2013, 08:54 PM   #7449
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Because it's technically not in the EU. Same goes for the Channel Islands.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 09:38 PM   #7450
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Gibraltar is in the EU, unlike the Channel Islands
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Old May 10th, 2013, 09:42 PM   #7451
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Åland is also not a part of the Customs union/ VAT area, although it is a part of the EU.

So are for instance Büsingen am Hochrhein and Campione d'Italia.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #7452
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Gibraltar is in the EU, unlike the Channel Islands
It's a part of the EU, as a British dependency, but not in the customs and trade union.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:39 PM   #7453
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I do not know the question of Gibraltar. But very close to there, in Ceuta there is no VAT (there is another direct tax but quite cheaper than VAT). Melilla and Canarias has the same consideration.

This makes the case of an offshore. In Gibraltar there are more entreprises than citizens... and guess why.

Smuggling and tax evasion are the main controls made by police. The case is the same if you come from Andorra (even if you go to France or Spain).

In my city we have a small airport and all flights are within EU. There are no controls except for London (passport only). But if you come from Canary islands they will check your luggage. Obviously they know you cannot carry too many tobacco or other goods to make smuggling... but they take care.

It is curious but the main airport control is with some national flights much, much than from any other country.
In the case of Ceuta or Melilla, controls will be stronger if you come by car (you can keep a lot of goods inside) than by helicopter, plane or ferry without car.
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Old May 11th, 2013, 12:58 AM   #7454
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Åland is also not a part of the Customs union/ VAT area, although it is a part of the EU.

So are for instance Büsingen am Hochrhein and Campione d'Italia.
Or Livigno.
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Old May 11th, 2013, 08:04 AM   #7455
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Poland - Germany, Germany -Poland

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Old May 11th, 2013, 01:51 PM   #7456
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Impressive.... In the 20th century that would be unthinkable, especially after the end of WW2. You barely notice that you actually cross the borders.
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Old May 11th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #7457
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Brasil - Argentina


Dionísio Cerqueira, Santa Catarina State, Brazil

Barracão, Parana State Brazil

Bernardo de Irigoiyen, Argentina








Foz - Porto Iguazu


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Old May 12th, 2013, 02:09 AM   #7458
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This picture, in that border, could be in long mileage distances

https://maps.google.es/maps?q=Dion%C...id=po-51418943
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Old May 12th, 2013, 12:53 PM   #7459
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Just one question about Gibraltar. Why does the UK still persist that Gibraltar is exempt from the EU Customs Union and the VAT area?
It was allowed to remain outside, like many other places.

There's no harm in it - the status of Gibraltar more or less keeps La Linea alive, after all.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 01:02 PM   #7460
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Brasil - Argentina


Dionísio Cerqueira, Santa Catarina State, Brazil

Barracão, Parana State Brazil

Bernardo de Irigoiyen, Argentina








Foz - Porto Iguazu

I don't see any border check though. Do they cross the borders freely?
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