Switzerland: Steps to Export

To export products from Switzerland, the following points have to be considered.

  1. Customs regime The exporter or their agency must make an electronic declaration in the Swiss customs e-dec system: https://e-dec-web.ezv.admin.ch/webdec/main.xhtml

    I. The invoice must only be presented in case of customs inspection

    ii. If a certificate of origin (EUR 1) has been issued, it must be presented to the customs office.

    iii. Most Swiss exporters have the status of “authorized exporters” and can certify the origin of the exported products with a declaration on the commercial invoice.

    iv. Goods sent by land to a sea port, are dispatched as in “customs transit”. The procedure is electronic.

  2. Authorizations The categories of products that need authorizations to be exported from Switzerland are weapons and products that could be used in the production of weapons, as well as goods that could be used in the development, production or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. However, these controls, especially when products have been sent for export, can only be effective if there is coordination at the international level. Within this framework, there are four international export control regimes. These are the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime and the Australia Group (see section on Export Control Policy). However, the decisions of the mentioned export control regimes are not binding under international law. In this sense, they differ from international conventions, such as the Chemical Weapons Convention of January 13, 1993, the Biological Weapons Convention of April 10, 1972 and the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA of September 6, 1978, together with its additional protocol of June 16, 2000. In the link you can find more detailed information: Export controls and sanctions.