Buy gold outside of the EU and store it securely

Safe deposit boxes outside of the EU: Non-member countries offer certain advantages when investing in precious metals

As long as there were goods to trade in, gold was used as a means of exchange and payment. Its use in this regard goes back to ancient times. The matt, glossy precious metal was also valued at an early stage of history as a form of investment. This was because it could be sold at any time in an emergency. Even in small quantities, it had a high value and was easy to transport.
All of these are unique selling points are just as valid today as they ever were. Furthermore, in times of inflation, negative interest rate policies and global financial crises, gold has shown itself as a commodity that has been able to augment its status. Given the world’s growing population and the finite nature of gold deposits – which come with a high stock-to-flow ratio – it should come as no surprise that gold has benefited from an added value effect over the long term. This is also reflected in the price of gold which – despite fluctuations – has seen a significant upward trend in recent years.
These days, investors can divest their wealth into a variety of gold bars, gold coins or other precious metal forms. In addition to purchases in their own country, non-EU states – so-called third countries – offer particularly attractive opportunities to buy, transport and store gold outside the European Union. For example, Swiss Gold Safe provide suitable facilities for these purposes in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Flags of Liechtenstein and Switzerland – safe third countries
Switzerland and Liechtenstein are reliable third countries for the safekeeping of precious metals.
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The advantages of storing gold outside of the EU

A brief look at the financial world will sum up the advantages of storing gold outside the EU. After all, financial experts will already be familiar with the term diversification. This means change, variety or diversity. In other words, diversification simply means that we can take advantage of all the possibilities that are available to us. Today, we have an expanded range of opportunities and markets at our disposal which, ultimately, allows risks to be distributed more evenly and, therefore, minimised. This aspect is particularly important when buying and storing precious metals such as gold, palladium, silver or platinum. According to the diversification model, it is important to note that such metals can also be bought and stored in countries outside the European Union (EU).

Considered to be experts in their field, both Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein are frequently seen as a real alternative to buying and storing precious metals within the EU. This is largely because they are characterised by their solid economic and political environments. Of course, this level of reliability significantly reduces exposure to potentially unforeseeable risks such as a catastrophic failure of the banking system, a global financial crisis or the forced seizure of assets. Positioned in a geographically optimal place in the heart of Europe, both countries have a fully functioning transport infrastructure. For example, they are both easily accessible by car, train or plane from Germany, Austria, Italy or France. Storage of physical precious metals in bank-independent and privately managed vault systems or safe deposit boxes outside of the EU is, therefore, a highly advisable decision to make.

From an international point of view, Switzerland and Liechtenstein also stand for a strict interpretation of how individual property rights should be safeguarded and maintained. This benefits all investors equally. Private gold ownership in countries that are independent of EU regulations means not being subject to any restrictions. For example, precious metals can be stored without reporting their presence to any government agencies. Consequently, the independent and professionally managed high-security systems available at Swiss Gold Safe are highly recommended.

A few points to consider when importing and exporting precious metals

Firstly, larger amounts of cash – as well as silver or gold – are subject to certain applicable export regulations from the EU when they cross the border into a non-EU country. All securities that exceed the legally permissible allowance must be registered in advance with the customs office concerned in the country of departure. Fine bullion coins with high values – such as the Australian Kangaroo, the China Panda, the Krugerrand, the Maple Leaf or the Vienna Philharmonic – soon exceed the permitted limits. Investors should take this into account before starting a trip with them. Customs officers will inform you about the current maximum permissible amounts and what reporting and notification requirements apply when crossing borders into non-EU countries. You can find out more on the website of German Customs, for example. Separate regulations apply to other countries.

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Applicable regulations must be observed when crossing borders with precious metals.
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When importing into Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein, you must also comply with customs requirements. For example, the importation of precious metals may be subject to sales tax. Metals such as palladium, platinum and silver are all commonly subject to sales tax, for example. Further information on imports into Switzerland or Liechtenstein is available online via the website of the Federal Customs Administration (EZV) , the authority that is responsible for such taxation in both countries.

Buying gold in Switzerland or Liechtenstein brings advantages

If you think about purchasing precious metals only – rather than moving it around – then you can save yourself the problems associated with importing and exporting. Both Switzerland and Liechtenstein offer investors many purchase opportunities as an alternative to importation. On request, gold and silver can be bought with complete anonymity.

In either Switzerland or Liechtenstein, a cash value of up to a limit of 15,000 Swiss francs can be converted to gold coins or silver bars via the so-called over the counter service. By the end of 2019, the upper limit allowed was CHF 25,000. This means that the cash limit for buying precious metals is significantly higher than in other European countries. In Germany, the upper limit for anonymous shopping was reduced from 10,000 to 2,000 euros as of January 1st, 2020. With this value, the German federal government exceeded the requirements laid out in the new Anti-Money Laundering Act.

In addition, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein offer the chance to buy and store white precious metals free of sales tax. This is possible, for example, through our partner Echtgeld Ltd . After a purchase is made, you can have silver, platinum or palladium stored in our duty-free warehouses (ZFL) or, alternatively, in open customs warehouses (OZL). Later on, selling your stock within the same system is also possible. We would be happy to inform you about tax-free storage in facilities such as these.

Swiss Gold Safe also supports you with transportation

Our partner, Echtgeld Ltd, is fully equipped to deliver your precious metals directly to our secure warehouse facilities, so you don’t have to worry about transport. Swiss Gold Safe also supports customers who want to store segregated products – that is, separated items – in transit from their last port of call. International transportation can also be arranged.

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