Switzerland: Steps to import

To import products to Switzerland, the following points must be observed:

  1. Customs regime

    Goods shipped by land from the port are shipped in customs transit. The procedure is electronic and is usually carried out by a forwarding agent.

    The importer or his logistics agent files an electronic declaration in the Swiss Customs e-dec system: https://e-dec-web.ezv.admin.ch/webdec/main.xhtml

    I. The invoice and the certificate of origin must only be presented in the case of a documentary or physical customs control

    II.Customs clearance is carried out at a customs office or directly at an authorized consignee;

    iii. If the recipient of the merchandise or the carrier has an account with the EZV, the merchandise can be released before payment of the duties.

    iv. Customs duties and other duties and taxes levied on imports as well as the authorities empowered to issue permits or quotas (for agricultural products) can be consulted online: T @ res

  2. Quotas for agricultural products

    The importation of agricultural products such as meat, sausages, cut flowers, fruit, vegetables, potatoes, sheep, cows, horses and dairy products is limited by tariff quotas and is reserved exclusively for legal entities domiciled or resident in Switzerland. This means that the import of agricultural products must be actively managed by the recipient in Switzerland. More information can be obtained on the website of the Federal Office of Agriculture. When the Free Trade Agreement between Guatemala and EFTA enters into force, customs duties for imports from Guatemala will be reduced for some products.