SWAZILAND

Logistic and forwarding services in Swaziland

Swaziland

Capital City
Mbabane

Population
127 Mio.

National languages
English, Siswati

Currency
Lilangeni (SZL)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 3.63 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 3248

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 3.05 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 0.83 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Swaziland

Relations between Switzerland and Swaziland are good, but are not very intensive. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation conducts activities in the country within the framework of its regional programme for Southern Africa.

Economic cooperation

Direct trade between the two countries is at a very modest level, as Swiss products sold in Swaziland are imported via South Africa. Swaziland is a member of the Southern African Customs Union (together with South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and Namibia), and a partner to the free trade agreement concluded by that organisation with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

 

Business language

English, Siswati.

Dimensions and weights

The metric system is the official dimension system.

Currency

Lilangeni (E) = 100 Cents

ISO code: SZL

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Import licences are required for some goods. Unless the recipient specifies otherwise, the import provisions applicable for the Republic of South Africa apply here. There is a customs union and a currency agreement between Swaziland and the Republic of South Africa.

Foreign currencies are allocated by the commercial banks in accordance with the import licence.

General sales tax: 14%

Terms of payment and tenders

Deliveries based on letters of credit are standard. Documents against payment only in exceptional cases. Invoices in EUR.

Correspondence should fundamentally be in English.

Designations of origin

No special regulations. If there could be doubts about the country of origin of the goods as a result of the inscription or other labelling, indicate this. “Made in …” is recommended where applicable. Packages must have the standard marking.

Marking/labelling

Standard marking for packaging with an indication of the country of origin. There are special labelling regulation (ask the importer).

Packaging

The regulations set out under “Packaging” for the Republic of South Africa apply.

Product samples

The information set out under “Product samples” for the Republic South Africa apply.

Shipping and accompanying documents

a) Commercial invoices, 1 copy, english (see Republic of South Africa);

b) Certificates of origin are not required;

c) Bills of lading uncertified;

d) Postal packages up to 31,5 kg: 1 international dispatch note and 1 customs declaration in English, 3 customs invoices.