AUSTRIA

Logistic and forwarding services in Austria

Austria

Capital City
Wien

Population
8,2 Mio.

National languages
Deutsch

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 437 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 51’307

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 7,8 Mrd.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 8,9 Mrd.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Austria

Relations between Switzerland and Austria are close and diverse, which is reflected mainly in the high number of diplomatic visits, in trade between the two nations and in the cultural sphere.

Economic cooperation

In 2015 the volume of trade between the two countries amounted to CHF 15 billion. While in previous years Switzerland had regularly recorded a deficit against Austria, the trade balance in 2015 was practically even. Switzerland is one of the biggest foreign investors in Austria. Total investments by Swiss companies stood at CHF 7.6 billion at the end of 2014. Swiss companies employ around 31,550 people in Austria.

Austrian direct investment in Switzerland has risen sharply since 2000 and at the end of 2014 amounted to CHF 5.4 billion. This corresponds to 12,420 jobs in Switzerland, mainly in industry.

 

Business language

German.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency: €
ISO code: EUR

Customs tariff (for non-EU goods)

Harmonised system. Customs clearance based on the transaction value.

Import control

EU goods are freely available.
Two copies of commercial invoices with all standard information with an indication of the country of origin are required for the declaration of non-EU goods. Special regulations apply to textiles.
Goods which require import authorisations (generally chemicals) are published in the Austrian AH-Gesetz as amended.
There are also special regulations on imports from China.
A VAT rate of 19% applies in the special taxation areas of Jungholz and Mittelberg.
Standard VAT rate: 20% (reduced rate: 12/10%). Reimbursement of VAT paid is possible.

Terms of payment and tenders

EUR or USD invoices. Delivery free to the door is preferred. Reservation of title is standard. Confirmation of orders is generally desired.

Designations of origin

Generally not required. Indication of the provenance of lead, copying and coloured pencils and leads, honey and cosmetics necessary. Prohibition on misleading customers.

Marking/labelling

There are labelling obligations for textiles, drugs, foods, chemicals, wine, cleaning products, washing powder, plastic tubes, fertilisers.
Detailed information can be requested from the CIC.

Packaging

There is a requirement to take back packaging in accordance with the Austrian Packaging Ordinance, otherwise no special regulations
The EU Directive sets out that packaging materials made of wood must be manufactured from round logs. This EU regulation goes beyond the necessary treatment set out in the ISPM 15 standard.

Product samples

Duty free where there is no retail value (there are exceptions for a number of goods such as tobacco, alcohol and cosmetics)

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