DENMARK

Logistic and forwarding services in Denmark

Denmark

Capital City
Kopenhagen

Population
5,6 Mio., Färöer: 48’856, Grönland: 57’600

National languages
Danish, native languages in Faroe Islands and Greenland

Currency
Dänische Krone (DKK)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 341 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 60’564

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 953 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 828 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Denmark

Switzerland and Denmark are not only similar in terms of surface area and population; they also frequently defend common interests at the multilateral level.

Economic cooperation

Denmark is Switzerland’s second largest trading partner in Scandinavia. The two countries have similar corporate landscapes, offering much potential for economic exchange.
Switzerland’s main exports to and imports from Denmark are pharmaceutical products and machinery.

 

Business language

Danish, German, English.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

National currency Danish Krone (dkr) = 100 Øre.
ISO code: DKK

Customs tariff (for non-EU goods)

Harmonised system. Customs clearance based on the transaction value.

Import control

EU goods are freely available. The goods must meet the national regulations on labelling, packaging, safety etc.
Goods from non-EU countries require import authorisation in individual cases (information is available from the licensing authorities of the Ministry of Industry, Tagensvej 137, DK-2200 Copenhagen N).
There are special provisions which apply to imports to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
All foreign currency transfers are possible without restrictions.
For statistical reasons, the importer must register with the Danish National Bank from a value of DKK 60.000.
Standard VAT rate: 25%
VAT Directive 2006/112/EC is not applicable to Greenland and the Faroe Islands as they are not members of the EU. Reimbursement of VAT paid is possible.

Terms of payment and tenders

Depending on the creditworthiness of the customer as for domestic transactions, cash on delivery or at the destination is standard. Tenders in EUR or DKK FOB port of export or free border.

Designations of origin

Designations of origin may be required in individual cases. No incorrect or confusing statements may be made about the country of origin. The use of the “Red Cross” is prohibited. Asking Danish importers how markings/designations of origin are to be applied is recommended, particularly in the case of textile goods (textile labelling).

Packaging

Disposable packaging for beer, carbonated mineral water and the like is only permissible where a deposit, return or recycling is set up.
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.

Movement certificate EUR. 1:

One of the following authorisations is required as the preferred evidence of origin for goods which come under the “Origin regulation” agreed in the agreement between the EU and the Government of Denmark and the Cabinet of the Faroe Islands for all shipping types:

EUR. 1 (1 copy): for shipments of a value of more than EUR 6.000. The movement certificate (to be filled in by the exporter) is issued by the customs office: for shipments of a value totalling up to EUR 6.000, the commercial document (commercial invoice) must include the following statement from the exporter and be signed in a legally binding manner: “The exporter of the goods to which this commercial document refers states that these goods, unless otherwise indicated, are … preferential goods” (alternative: EUR-MED movement certificate with the exporter’s own reference).