SWITZERLANDLogistic and forwarding services in Switzerland
Esportazione in Svizzera
Swiss commune register
Map of Switzerland with a list of each municipality, including post code, speech and potential supplements for disadvantaged areas (high mountain areas). Various possibilities for an accelerated search.
German, French, Italian. Romansh
Swiss Francs (CHF)
Gross national product (GNP)
USD 644 Mrd.
GNP per person
Financial exports to Switzerland
USD 296 Mrd.
Financial imports from Switzerland
USD 281 Mrd.
Overview of the bilateral agreements
Switzerland has close relations with the European Union (EU) on the political, economic and cultural levels. These relations are governed by a whole structure of bilateral agreements and arrangements concluded over the years between Switzerland and the EU or its predecessors (EEC=EC, ECSC, Euratom).
Concluded Bilateral Agreements
Free Trade Agreements
German, French, Italian, Romanish.
Dimensions and weights
National currency Swiss Francs (sfr) = 100 Rappen (Rp), Centimes (c).
ISO code: CHF
Harmonised system, customs clearance is generally based on the gross weight.
More than 90% of goods imports have been liberalised. The importer requires approval for goods for which import is restricted (negative list). Low voltage products must comply with Directive 2006/95/EC and 2004/108/EC. Pharmaceutical products must be registered with Swissmedic. Small shipments up to 20 kg can be imported without a licence provided they are not specific goods for which there is an exemption limit of just 2.5 kg. Incentive taxes must be taken into account when importing goods which are subject to the VOC. Simplified customs registration procedure for small shipments possible using the “e-dec-easy” registration procedure. Small shipments are deemed to be shipments with a maximum weight of 1.000 kg and a value of 1.000 CHF. There are no foreign currency controls, so imported goods can be paid for without any problems.
Standard VAT rate: 8%
Terms of payment and tenders
Tenders and invoices in EUR, CHF or USD free-at-frontier or free to the door.
Designations of origin
Required for foods and drinks.
Wood and wood products must also be labelled with the country of origin.
Standard marking. The labelling must generally be in at least one official language of Switzerland. The Swiss Department of the Internal can provide information on special labelling regulations.
The ISPM standard no. 15 is used for wooden packaging. Deliveries from the EU are the exception to this.
Product samples are duty free if:
a) they do not have an independent value due to their dimensions (such as small pieces of wood), presentation (such as buttons on cards, only one item from each variety) or preparation (such as devaluation using a coloured stamp or holes) or
b) they are imported for clarification, inspection or testing for an order to be confirmed and the following limits are not exceeded:
consumable goods up to a value of 100 Francs per sample; the number of samples of the same type contained in a shipment is not important;
non-consumable goods up to a value of 100 Francs of any nature and quality;
tobacco products, alcoholic drinks, medications and cosmetic products up to a value of 100 Francs per shipment; wine only in sample bottles of up to 3 dl, spirits only in sample bottles up to 2 dl (portion bottles excluded).
The sending of advertising samples to be given to an anonymous group of likely customers is subject to duty, including where these are provided free of charge. ATA Carnet procedure permissible.
Shipping and accompanying documents
a) Commercial invoices (2 copies) with all standard information including country of origin, uncertified;
b) Certificates of origin (simple) only at the request of the recipient, indicate the following for the country of origin.
c) For postal items up to 31.5 kg: 1 international dispatch note, 1 customs declaration in German/French/Italian, include commercial invoices; in the case of airmail packages up to 20 kg international dispatch note “airmail” label.
d) Movement certificate EUR. 1 for freight shipments within the free trade agreement with the EU including the Agreement on Pan-European Cumulation; shipments worth more than EUR 6.000 form EUR. 1.
When importing goods of a value of up to EUR 6.000 the exporter must make the following declaration in the invoice or another commercial document: “The exporter of the goods to which this commercial document refers states that these goods, unless otherwise indicated, are … (indicate country of origin) goods of preferential EU origin”. Place and date, signature of the exporter and name in block capitals. (originating products from Ceuta and Melilla are to be labelled with the initials “CM”). This regulation does not apply to agricultural products.
f) The cross-EU “common transit procedure“ (NCTS) can be used. However, the procedure described under dot d) must be complied with to provide evidence of the entitlement to preference.