LITHUANIA

Logistic and forwarding services in Lithuania

Lithuania

Capital City
Vilnius

Population
2.9 Mio.

National languages
Lithuanian

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 48.7 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 16’444

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 172 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 129 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Lithuania

Relations between Lithuania and Switzerland are excellent. One reason for this is the assistance Switzerland provided to Lithuania in the years immediately following its independence in 1991. Lithuania is currently a beneficiary of the Swiss contribution to European Union enlargement.

Economic cooperation

Economic relations between the two countries are flourishing. Trade between Switzerland and Lithuania amounted to approximately CHF 300 million in 2014.

 

 

Business language

Lithuanian, Russian, limited German and English (Polish is widespread).

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency since 01/01/2015: €
ISO code: EUR

Customs tariff

Harmonised system, customs clearance based on the transaction value.

Import control

EU goods are freely available. Three copies of invoices with the standard information and designations of origin and a signature are required for the declaration of non-EU goods.
Import authorisations are necessary to import alcohol, tobacco, weapons, narcotics, pharmaceuticals, oil, munitions and radioactive substances.
Special provisions in addition to the obligation for authorisation are needed to import foods (only possible through certain customs offices). The following are subject to an obligation to register: disinfectants, detergents, cleaning products, pesticides and cosmetics.
Foreign currency transactions within the EU have been fully liberalised.
Standard VAT rate: 21% (reduced rate: 9/5%). Reimbursement of VAT paid is possible.

Terms of payment and tenders

Payment in advance; insisting on sufficient securities is recommended; provision of an irrevocable letter of credit. Tenders submitted at the tenderer’s discretion. Credit checks in advance are recommended.
In the case of state export guarantees for Swiss exports, there are possibilities of cover after a careful examination of the individual case.
Correspondence and brochures should be in English or German; Russian is problematic due to historical issues.

Designations of origin

Usual markings.

Packaging

There are standard and labelling regulations for many goods, particularly foods, cosmetics, plants, animals and alcohols. The weights of individual pack types must always be indicated separately in the invoice. Recommendation: conclude a contractual agreement about the packaging. 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

Where they have no value and are for authorised retail organisations or for analysis purposes = duty free.