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Import Documentation

The EUR-MED certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Other than the EUR1 the EUR-MED can cover products which have not be considered originating goods of the export country or territory. The products can be originating in any other country or territory of the European-Mediterranean Partnership (PAN-EURO-MED area) with which 'cumulation' is applicable. The system of 'cumulation' is making it possible to use materials originating in the EU, the EFTA, Turkey, Faroe Islands or any other country or territory which is participant in the European-Mediterranean Partnership. The system of 'cumulation' allows using materials originating in other countries or territories than the exporting country or territory for the production of goods and counting them as originating in the exporting country or territory. These materials must be imported covered by valid preferential proofs and must be originating in countries or territories covered by the system of 'cumulation' of the trade agreement. In case all the requirements are fulfilled the value of the material can be added to the material originating in the country or territory of export.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR-MED)

An invoice declaration EUR-MED can be made out by a so called 'approved exporter' for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

For more information about the status of an 'approved exporter' please see 'Invoice Declaration EUR1'. The exporter making out an invoice declaration EUR-MED must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration EUR-MED has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration EUR-MED shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

Other than the EUR1 the EUR-MED can cover products which have not be considered originating goods of the export country or territory. The products can be originating in any other country or territory of the European-Mediterranean Partnership (PAN-EURO-MED area) with which 'cumulation' is applicable. For more information please see 'EUR-MED'.

The text of the invoice declaration EUR-MED is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Important: Non-approved exporter using the so-called invoice declaration EUR-MED and paperless invoice must be made aware that the invoice declaration on a paperless invoice is invalid! An originally signed invoice or the EUR-MED document has to be attached to the package.

The EUR1 certificate shall be issued by the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory on application having been made by the exporter. The exporter must be able to proof at any time the originating status of his products concerned. This form is valid for products of any value and must accompany the shipment in original.

Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Invoice Declaration (EUR1)

An invoice declaration can be made out by a so called 'approved exporter' for originating products of any value or by any exporter limited to originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

The customs authorities of the exporting country or territory can authorized exporters who frequently exports products under the Agreement to make out invoice declarations irrespective of the value of the products concerned. Exporters granted with such an authorization are referred to as 'approved exporter'. The customs authorities grant him with a customs authorization number which shall appear on the invoice declaration.

The exporter making out an invoice declaration must be able to proof the originating status of the products to the customs authorities of the exporting country or territory at any time.

An invoice declaration has to be made out by the exporter by typing, stamping or printing on an invoice, the delivery note or another commercial document. An invoice declaration shall bear the original signature of the exporter. An approved exporter shall not be required to sign such declarations provided he accepts full responsibility for any invoice declaration identifying him as exporter.

The text of the invoice declaration is laid down in the preferential trade agreement. Details of the preferential agreements the EU has in place could be found on the EU website: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/rules_origin/preferential/article_779_en.htm

Important: Exporters making out invoice declarations but not having the status of an approved exporter with being exempt from signing invoice declarations are unable to use the UPS service of 'Paperless Invoice'. They have to sign off the 'Paperless Invoice' functionality for shipments where they want to use invoice declarations.

Please refer for more information to "Free Trade Agreements".

Bilateral free trade agreements or unilateral autonomous preferential agreements allow the import clearance of certain products with a reduced duty rate or with a full duty exemption. The products benefiting from the preferential treatment must fulfil the necessary rules of originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement.

An exporter who wants his products to benefit from the preferential treatment must be able to prove that his products fulfill the rules to be originating in a country or territory covered by the preferential trade agreement and they must provide a preferential document validated by the customs authorities or document with a valid preferential statement issued by themselves.

The preferential trade agreement foresees the following preferential proofs above.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Export Procedure ex Germany

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

The EAD has to accompany the shipment. UPS is responsible for the exit clearance at the EU border.

Informal Declarations

An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export).

The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements

Shipments up to a value of 1000 EUR can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice. For shipments above 1000 EUR, a formal export declaration is required.

UPS service

UPS offers the service of making formal export declarations for customers with billable German UPS accounts. German exporters without simplification as so called approved exporter have to calculate a minimum of one working day for the competent customs office to process their declaration. However in practice, the export declaration must be placed within the opening hours of the customs office of export, as sufficient time must be allowed for the customs office to perform risk analysis and grant the release for export. On release of the goods, the customs office of export will provide the export accompanying document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

UPS will provide the customer with the EAD including MRN which must accompany the shipment and be transmitted to the customs office of exit. The export shipment/s may be collected after release for exportation.

For cases of goods not exceeding 3000 EUR in value per consignment and per declarant and which are leaving the European Union by air movement and are not subject to prohibitions or restrictions the customs declaration may be lodged directly with the customs office of exit. The customs office of exit performs the risk analysis, releases the goods for export and confirms the exit of the goods. The declaration can be placed any time and the customs office of exit provide and MRN. The export shipment/s may be collected after receiving the MRN.

For further information please refer to the UPS website: www.ups.com/content/de/de/about/news/service_updates/20131227_eur_EDS.html?srch_pos=1&srch_phr=Export+Declaration+Service&WT.svl=SRCH

Alternatively, UPS offers a web-based application for customers to create electronic export declarations on their own - please refer to the following website - https://ups.atlas-netz.de/

Export Documentation

For charges made for Export Shipments from Germany to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with Germany as the destination.

Clearance Information

Please note that not only the value(s) of the commodity/commodities have to be considered when calculating duty and tax, but also the freight charge and other fees.
Credit card payments are accepted upon delivery for freight and import charges by this destination. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the destination country or territory to determine which credit cards are accepted.

Restrictions may apply for freight collect shipments from the origin country or territory. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the origin country or territory prior to shipping.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory except for postal code 3920, where only deliveries are made.

Samnaun is a Swiss village, which does not belong to the Swiss customs territory. All goods are free of duty and tax. UPS takes care of the customs bonded transport from the port of entry in Switzerland to Samnaun. Depending on the delivery conditions, either the consignee or the sender will be charged with the published transit fee according to the official Service & Tariff Guide.

Büsingen, a small German town, belongs to the Swiss customs territory. It is served by UPS Switzerland. Please use the Swiss country or territory and postal code CH 8238.

Principality of Liechtenstein; Büsingen; Campione d'Italia: Foreign territory, but in a customs union with Switzerland. Goods with destination to these places must be customs cleared like goods to Switzerland.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0200/ Fall +0100
French, German, Italian
Swiss Franc(CHF)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges
  • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
  • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party
  • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Switzerland. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Cows, goats, sheep, and pigs are considered domesticated animals.All other animals are considered non-domesticated animals. Items or products made from non-domesticated animals are restricted in the UPS system and only allowed with a UPS ISC contract. CITES permit and additional restrictions may apply, please check with your local ISC Coordinator.

A Health Certificate must accompany all animal products except processed leather, processed horn or varnished feathers.

When importing meat or bone, fish or other food containing animal products (for example, milk and cheese), consider the following issues:

  • There is no difference between commercial and non-commercial shipments (or business-to-business or business-to-consumer shipments).
  • The shipper must provide the Health Certificate accompanying the shipment.
  • The Health Certificate must be original and must be stamped and signed by the official agency in the export country or territory (for example, the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S).
  • Photocopies of the Health Certificate will not be accepted.
  • The producer of animal food products must be an accepted and registered company based on the current EU Council Regulation 136/2002. Registered producers are listed under the following link: http://forum.europa.eu.int/irc.sanco/vets/info/data/listes/list_prod.html.
  • A veterinarian will inspect the shipment at the point of arrival into the E.U. A brokerage fee for veterinary inspection applies.
  • Customs may inspect the shipment to ensure compliance with national food laws.

Exemption - Animal products originally produced in Andorra, Norway, San Marino, Faroe Islands and the European Union do not require an accompanying Health Certificate or a veterinary inspection at the first point of arrival into the EU and in the destination country or territory. However, the invoice should list the producer's registration number in the EU. The same applies for fish originally produced in Iceland. Switzerland and the EU established a harmonized system of veterinary inspections Shipments from countries or territories other than EU countries or territories must be inspected at the first point of arrival into the EU if shipped via an EU country or territory. Shipments with animal products can only be shipped under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC) to ensure the correct handling.

Products of animals mentioned in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), for example, snakeskin of endangered species or leopard skin, must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate. If a CITES is accompanying the shipment the import inspections in regard to CITES must take place in Switzerland, independent of necessary veterinary inspections in the EU.

Shipments of fish and fish products weighing up to 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) do not require a Health Certificate or inspection by a veterinarian if they are a gift shipment between private individuals (for example, smoked salmon).

The invoice must state if the products contain alcohol.

If the product contains alcohol, the invoice must state the percentage of alcohol content and the type of alcohol.

For products that contain VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) the percentage of VOC must be declared on the invoice. The percentage must be mentioned on the customs declaration. If this information is not given, the importer must be contacted. Import delays may occur. Commodities containing VOC are subject to special taxation.

Milk and milk product are animal products. For the necessary veterinarian inspections please see 'Animal Products'.
All audio visual commodities must have a commercial invoice indicating the film's length, width, duration, a brief but satisfactory synopsis of content, and a reason for importation.
Most food products require import licenses.

For food containing animal products please see 'Animal Products'.

For food supplements see 'Nutritional Supplements' for further information.

Based on the EU regulation 2009/669/EC certain foodstuffs imported from certain third countries or territories are subject to increased level of official controls due to contamination risks of these products by aflatoxinson and pathogens. These controls are carried out at Designated Point of Entries (DPE) defined by each member state.

The import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and not subject to vet inspection can only be imported into the EU through Designated Point of Entries (DPE). They have to be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the goods are either harvested or processed before March 11, 2011, originated from a prefecture other than the ones affected by higher levels of radiation or if originated from an affected prefecture have been subjected to laboratory analysis determining the level of certain radionuclides (regulation 2011/297/EC).

The invoice must indicate the Latin name of the animal from which the fur was obtained.

If the fur was obtained under the provision of the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the goods must be accompanied by a CITES Certificate and the importer must provide an Import License from the agency 'Bundesamt für Veterinärwesen' (Federal Veterinary Office) in Bern.

A veterinarian will inspect the shipment.

Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may apply.

UPS provides International Dangerous Goods service for shipments between the U.S. and selected European countries or territories by contract only.

Accessorial charges of US$40.00 apply as follows:

  • Hazardous Materials Class 9 (HAZ)
  • Hazardous Materials All Other Classes (HAN)
  • Data shipments to Switzerland require an invoice with the value included for the data only.
    The invoice must indicate the Latin name of the animal from which the leather was obtained. If the leather was obtained under the provision of the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the goods must be accompanied by a CITES Certificate and the importer must provide an Import License from the agency 'Bundesamt für Veterinärwesen' (Federal Veterinary Office) in Bern. A veterinarian will inspect the shipment. Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may apply.
    The invoice must state if the products contain antibiotics, narcotics or alcohol.

    If the product contains alcohol, the invoice must state the percentage of alcohol content. Customs requires an Import License issued by the "Bundesamt für Gesundheit" (Federal Office of Health) in Bern for items with any narcotic or antibiotic content.

    If the labeling of the product lists ingredients, thresholds which are not compliant with Swiss legislation, customs may prohibit the importation of the goods. For detailed information, it is recommended that the importer contact the "Bundesamt für Gesundheit" (Federal Office of Health) in Bern prior to shipping.

    Vitamins/Nutritional Food Supplements/Combined Preparations

    These products often contain ingredients that exceed the legal threshold. In case of doubt, Swiss customs will submit a sample to Swissmedic.

    Swiss customs is entitled to admit shipments for importation under the conditions that the shipment weighs not more than 1 kg and contains no more vitamins than for one monthly consumption and is for the personal use of the consignee.

    Other shipments, especially those for commercial use or those in larger quantities than mentioned above may be held by customs and Swissmedic will be asked for instruction whether the import will be allowed or refused.

    Products containing DHEA may be subject for rejection.

    Products containing drugs or antibiotics need an import license from Swissmedic.

    For detailed information please contact Swissmedic before placing the order on www.swissmedic.ch or phone ++41 31 322 02 11.

    Import delays may occur.

    Products containing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)
    For products that contain volatile organic compound (i.e. cosmetics, paints, varnish, dye, etc.) the content of the VOC has to be declared on the invoice with the percentage of VOC. Such shipments are subject to special taxation. For Customs clearance a negative advice (does not contain VOC) is recommended when applicable.
    The invoice must include a description of the part, the type of machine for which the part will be used, and a list of the part's components.
    All goods containing precious metals like gold, silver or platinum must be checked by an authority called EKM (Edel Metall Kontroll) prior to release. The EKM decides on physical inspection or release without inspection. In any case, the shipments show a delay in time-in-transit.
    Samples of "no commercial value" must be indicated on all export documentation. Samples can be imported VAT and duty free if they are marked or mutilated. There is no value limit for mutilated samples if the purpose of the shipment is to secure future orders. If marking or mutilation is not reasonable (example: garments for a fashion show), samples valued less than 100.00 Swiss Francs per commodity group (different qualities, colors and other differences customary in trade) can be imported VAT and duty free.

    Shipments for personal use or goods intended for sale cannot be classified as samples.

    Customs requires an Import License issued by the 'Bundesamt für Veterinärwesen' (Federal Veterinary Office) in Bern, if the goods originated in Europe and the weight exceeds 20.0 kg (44.0 lbs.), or if the goods originated outside of Europe and the weight exceeds 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs.).

    If the stated weight limits will be exceeded, then the shipper must provide a Health Certificate to accompany the shipment. The Health Certificate must be original and must be stamped and signed by the official agency in the export country or territory. Photocopies of the Health Certificate will not be accepted. A veterinarian will inspect the shipment at import. Import delays may occur and accessorial charges may apply.

    The invoice must indicate whether the material is an update or an original program. V.A.T. must be paid on the "intellectual" value of the data or program. License fees and maintenance contract costs are subject to V.A.T. Customs authorities request the carrier to contact the importer and to send a questionnaire in order to get confirmation about the commodity value of every software shipment. This may cause a delay in Customs clearance. It is recommended not to send software to Switzerland using the Free Domicile (F/D) billing option since high amounts of import charges (VAT) may apply. Depending on the type of enterprise, the consignee may be able to reclaim V.A.T. from the tax authorities.
    Most of modern test reagents for diagnostic research are built on antibodies which are generated from animal tissue. There are two types of antibodies, the monoclonal antibodies and polyclonal antibodies.

    Monoclonal antibodies are generated in vitro. Tissue from animals are taken (e.g. blood) and infected with certain substances or pathogens. The blood cells react with the production of antibodies which are than harvested and used for the production of the test kits. Due to the in vitro production and the controlled way of production those types of test kits are not subject to veterinarian control if it is a commercial production.

    Polyclonal antibodies are gained from living animals like rabbits. They are infected with the substances / pathogens and the animals are producing antibodies. The antibodies are harvested from the blood stream of the animals. Test reagents with polyclonal antibodies are subject to vet inspections.

    Shipment documents (commercial invoice or declaration on letterhead) should include:

     the place of origin of the material

     the quantity of the material, in weight or volume

     a description of the material/ animal source

     catalogue number and price (if available)

     additives (e.g., sodium azide, glycerol), their source (e.g., whole serum, supernatant, ascites), and purification, if any.

     protocols  the recommended protocol or datasheet indicating any unique fixation, detergent, blocking, or incubation conditions.

     the intended use (commercial/ manufacturing; research/ testing)

     the name and address of the shipper

     the name and address of the receiver

    Commercially packaged, ready-to-use In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) containing products of animal of origin, do not require a Vet-inspection, if compliant with Directive 98/79/EC on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. A declaration of conformity (CE-marking) must be provided for each individual commodity (e.g. reagents, test kits, immunosorbent assays such as ELISA kits.

    The invoice must include the kind of material and composition (for example, 100 percent cotton), whether it is knitted or woven, the unit price and weight, and whether the item is made for a male, female, or child. A Certificate of Origin is not required. (Please also see "Samples")
    For further information please see 'Animal Products'.
    For further information please see 'Nutritional Supplements'.
    For products that contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs (for example, cosmetics, paints, varnish, dye, and others), the percentage of the VOC must be declared on the invoice and on the customs declaration.

    If this information is not given, the importer must be contacted. Import delays may occur.

    Commodities containing VOC are subject to special taxation

    Gift Exemptions

    100.00 Swiss Franc CHF
    individual-to-individual
    per person

    The invoice must state the gift and the value of the gift. If you have more than one gift, list the gifts and the value of the gift for each recipient.

    When sending a gift from a company to an individual, write the name of the person in the shippers address. An exemption from company to individual is not 100% guaranteed. The decision will be made by Customs.

    There are no exemptions for company-to-company gift shipments.

    Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages are exempted from the gift exemptions. In addition to a detailed description of each item, write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice and in the Special Instructions box of the UPS Waybill to insure a proper assessment of duties and taxes.

    Invoice Requirements

    Non-document shipments to Switzerland must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice.

    Shipments of documents do not require an invoice.

    The consignee's telephone number, mobile number and email address if available, should appear on the invoice.

    Unacceptable Data Entries

    Europe customs authorities have started to inspect shipments on Import Control System (I.C.S.).

    Many of the inspected shipments were obviously selected because of the inadequate description of the goods.

    This is a reminder that shipments to all European Union member states, Norway and Switzerland, must have a correctly keyed description of the goods on the invoice (for example):

    Unacceptable Acceptable
    Apparel Men's Shirts, Lingerie, Girls' Vests, Boys', Jackets
    Auto Parts Automobile Brakes, Windshield Glass for Automobiles
    Electronics Computers, televisions, CD Players, Walkmans, Tape Recorders, Mobile phones, Monitors, Printers
    Gifts Dolls, Remote Control Cars Household goods Plates, Dishes, Tableware

    A list has been published in the 'Guidelines on acceptable and unacceptable terms for the description of goods for exit and entry summary declarations':

    http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/resources/documents/customs/policy_issues/customs_security/
    acceptable_goods_description_guidelines_en.pdf

    UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
    UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

    Items Classified as Documents

    The destination country or territory considers the following items as document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to be considered a document shipment.

    Validated airline tickets only
    Not more than 4 kgs.
    Not more than 4 kgs.
    Document limit: 1 to 15 business cards
    Not more than 4 kgs.
    Personalized checks only
    Personalized credit cards to card owner only
    Tickets for events like stage performances, football matches or concerts can be sent as documents.

    Event tickets coming from a printing company and sent to the organizer of the event or ticket sales offices cannot be sent as documents.

    Limit as documents-10 kgs

    Above this weight, a proforma invoice with documents as description of goods is required.

    Shipment will be cleared without any duty and tax in this case.

    Documents: personalized only
    Non-documents: not personalized; requires invoice
    Not more than 4 kgs.
    Not more than 4 kgs.
    Not more than 4 kgs.
    Must be personalized to be considered documents.
    Personalized Visa applications

    UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

    Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

    In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Switzerland.

    Spirits are subject to excise duty. The importation of wine for commercial purposes is only allowed by licensed importers. Private individuals can import alcoholic beverages without a license. For the import of wine up to 20 kg gross weight, a reduced duty rate applies.
    Commodities older than 100 years can be imported without duty. Antiques with an historical value (for example, exported from the origin country or territory with export licenses) must be declared in a special way. Additional information from the consignee is required. Delays may occur.
    Artwork can be imported without duty. Additional information about the artist, title of artwork, dimensions and value are required. Delays may occur.
    Endangered plants and animals protected by the multilateral treaty of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), must be accompanied by a valid CITES Certificate.

    All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system.

    Shipper needs to provide the following documentation:

    Invoice with the scientific name and CITES certificate.

    Additional charges will be applicable. Products of animals or plants subject to CITES can only be accepted under a special contract for International Special Commodities (ISC).

    The invoice must give a detailed description of the goods and the components (if precious metal is contained, please indicate if silver, gold or platinum). Accessorial charges may apply.

    Shipments of jewelry can be shipped as long as the value does not exceed US$500.00 or the local currency equivalent per package.

    Jewelry for which the retail price is lower than US$150.00 per item and which do not contain precious metal(s) and/or stone(s) are considered costume jewelry and can be shipped only up to this value from the origin country or territory.

    Depending on the type of knives, import into Switzerland may be prohibited or restricted. No importation permit is needed for:

    • Knives with a fixed blade, where the blade is longer than 30 cm, but only if the purpose of shipping is a non-commercial reason
    • Knives with a non-fixed blade, where the overall length when opened is up to 12 cm and the length of the blade is up to 5 cm

    For all other knives, an importation permit may be required. The importation permit can be obtained at the Federal Police Headquarters in Bern, Switzerland - phone ++41 31 324 54 00.

    In addition to general guidelines under general restrictions to all countries or territories link, shipment of all vertebrates (Amphibians, Fish and Reptiles} are prohibited between the countries or territories selected.
    Personal effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories.
    Some living plants, seeds, fruits or vegetables require a phytosanitary health certificate and may be inspected by the Swiss Phytosanitary Service.

    Living plants imported from the EU require a certificate from authorized traders or producers only (so called 'Plant Passport').

    Tobacco for oral use called "snus" or "snuff", is not allowed for commercial purposes. It can only be imported by individuals and for personal use only. The quantity allowed is 1200g net weight within a period of 60 days.

    Tobacco products are subject to excise duty. The exact description and amount of each tobacco product is required. Missing information may cause an import delay.

    Please note Tobacco is not allowed to be sent to town of Samnaun.

    Saturday Delivery

    Saturday Delivery Available: No

    Service Options

    Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

    • UPS Express
    • UPS Standard
    • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
    • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
    • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
    • WorldWide Economy DDP
    • WorldWide Economy DDU

    Special Clearance Requirements

    The Embassy must provide a special customs clearance form signed and stamped by the ambassador. Write "diplomatic goods" on the invoice to expedite Customs clearance. Import delays may occur.
    Inward Processing Relief (repair, processing and return)

    The customs procedure of inward processing is used for goods who are supposed to be repaired or processed inside Switzerland and re-exported after repair or processing. The import procedure requires customs control till the correct re-export of the goods. A provision of security applies to cover duty and VAT.

    The importer is obliged to re-export the items within a special re-export procedure during the period granted by customs within the initial inward processing declaration for repair or processing. Within the correct re-export procedure the initial inward processing procedure will be discharged. If the customer fails to re-export within this given period or without using the correct re-export procedure duty and VAT will not be reimbursed.

    Customs inspections with the import and re-export clearance is possible.

    Accessorial charges apply and import delays are most likely. The importer is responsible for discharging the initial inward processing procedure.

    In case the commodities can be imported duty free and the importer is able to get the VAT refunded the procedure should not be chosen. A normal import declaration for free circulation allows the importer to refund VAT. Please contact the Swiss importer to verify if he is able to get VAT refunded. If a normal import declaration is planned please don't use the billing term 'free domicile' because it avoids the refund by the importer.

    The invoice must state that the goods are "For Military Use". Military goods must be cleared with a special license form provided by the importer.
    Outward Processing Relief (Goods re-imported after repair, processing or presentation)

    Within the customs procedure of outward processing goods are exported temporarily under customs control to be repaired, processed or presented to foreign customers (for example, at a fair) in a foreign country or territory.

    In order to qualify for any exemption from duties and taxes within the re-importation, certain documentation relating to the initial export of the goods must be submitted with the import declaration.

    The initial export declaration must have been correctly processed to indicate that the goods were exported for repair. If the export documentation is either incorrect or not available, duties and VAT will be payable on the value of the goods and any repair costs.

    The invoice must clearly state that the goods are returned after repair, processing or temporary import. The foreign exporter must advise if the goods where exported under the outward processing procedure. Please check with the exporter for the original export procedure.

    Accessorial charges apply. Customs inspections may occur.

    Replacements under warranty have to be cleared through Customs and Duty and VAT will apply. The invoice must state 'replacement part under warranty' in order to ensure correct assessment of VAT in Switzerland.

    UPS is not authorized to clear replacement goods under the outward processing relief with duty and VAT exemption.

    The consignee can request restitution at the local customs head office.

    A Declaration of Export is required to prove the goods are of Swiss origin. Duty charges do not apply, but V.A.T. charges apply. The invoice must indicate "return shipment of Swiss origin." The declared value must be realistic and must reflect the current market value.

    It is recommended to not send those shipments with the F/D (DDP) delivery condition, because the shipper won't be able to reclaim the VAT whereas the importer can if he is a commercial importer.

    New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your count
    Within the customs procedure of temporary importation goods designated to be imported for a limited stretch of time and remaining in the same state can be cleared without duty and VAT. The imported goods are often intended for exhibition purposes, testing purposes or presenting to potential customers. The goods remain under customs control until the re-export.

    Goods imported with the customs procedure of temporary importation are subject to the provision of security with limited exemptions. The security covers duty and taxes and will be calculated on the base of the gross weight and customs value used for a declaration for free circulation. The security has to be paid on deposit by the importer prior to release. The security will be paid back by customs when re-exporting the goods under customs control.

    The invoice must clearly state that the goods are being temporarily imported but not for processing or repair. It will be also useful to put the reason of import on the invoice. Customs inspections might be possible.

    In order for the importer to reclaim the security goods must be re-exported under the temporarily import/export procedure.

    Value Limits


    Private Shipments

  • 0.00 Swiss Franc (CHF)
    • There is no defined deminimis value limit, however, duty amounts and VAT amounts less than 5 Swiss Francs will not be charged to the importer by Swiss Customs.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 Swiss Franc (CHF)
    • There is no defined deminimis value limit, however, duty amounts and VAT amounts less than 5 Swiss Francs will not be charged to the importer by Swiss Customs.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    400.00 cm (157.5 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


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