MALTA

Logistic and forwarding services in Malta

Malta

Capital City
La Valletta

Population
452‘384

National languages
Maltese, English, Italian

Currency
Euro (EUR)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 9.5 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 22’892

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 52 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 13.3 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Malta

Relations between Switzerland and the Republic of Malta are good and becoming increasingly intensive. Malta’s strategic geographical position in the Mediterranean and its history accord it a bridge function between Europe and North Africa and the Middle East.

Economic cooperation

The modest level of trade between the two countries mostly comprises machines, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, with Switzerland running a trade surplus: in 2014, Switzerland’s imports from Malta amounted to CHF 16 million and its exports CHF 53m. Malta is a popular destination for Swiss tourists.

 

Business language

English.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system for business transactions, non-metric for daily use (British 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. Invoices in English with all standard information and an indication of the country of origin are necessary for the declaration of non-EU goods.
The CIF or FOB value and a price declaration must be submitted.
Special provisions apply to the import of plants, animals, tinned milk, eggs, salad, drugs and pesticides. The CIC will be able to provide more information about these provisions. Import licences are required for certain groups of good (e.g. weapons, medications).
Standard VAT rate: 18% (reduced rate: 7/5%). Reimbursement of VAT paid is possible.

Terms of payment and tenders

Documentary collection, irrevocable and confirmed letter of credit.

Designations of origin

Standard markings, all goods must be labelled with the country of origin.

Marking/labelling

All shipments of goods which are transported to Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo via Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, must also be clearly marked with a blue cross on the package on the standard marking side, the bars of which are at least 30 cm long, otherwise a special sorting fee will be charged. The amount of this fee is not yet known. The colours vary depending on the country of destination: Burundi – black, Rwanda – yellow, Zambia – green, Tanzania – red, Democratic Republic of the Congo – blue. (Where applicable ask the importer.) Clear, permanent and clearly visible note indicating the weight of shipments with a gross weight of 1.000 kg or more.

Packaging

Special regulations apply to the use of hay and straw packaging (bans/health certificates). 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.