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Little Switzerland - Jewels

NXB Corporation run most of their jewelry and gemstone business under the brand names, 'Little Switzerland' and 'Jewels'. In the true sense of the definition, neither operation is a 'duty-free retailer', but, because they run stores in Caribbean locations such as The US Virgin Islands and St. Martin, many of their sales can be classified as tax-free. It is this type of ambiguity that gives rise to the many internet searches asking 'what is duty free?'.

In simple terms, these type of gift stores operate in locations where the local sales tax is low or zero for visitors. In some places, the tax can be re-claimed on departure, in others the goods can be mailed home tax-free within your personal exemption. In Asia, these retailers would be known as Downtown Duty Free Stores.

The Little Switzerland brand has an extensive range of stores, covering Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Key West, Nassau, Puerto Rico, St. John, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Tortola. Jewels is more limited, but both have and extensive online retail portal.

How does duty free work, can you buy, which products do they sell, what shops are available, do they open for my flight, best prices?.

There is a long list of duty-free related questions asked by travellers before they start their journey.

Travel Retail is a diverse business and most Operators have outlets in global locations, so the best travel shopping advice we can offer is to search your destination in the box above and find the stores which are available for your destination. Be it by land, sea or air, duty free stores can be found if you are travelling internationally.

The duty free on arrival global search 'App' for phone and tablet is now available in Android version beta v1, we are working hard to make it the best travel shopping site and mobile App available, the Apple/iOS version will follow soon. You will be able to search the globe from your phone for duty-free shops at your destination, on planes, boats, airports or border stores. To download the app click the image below to check before you fly!