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Japan to Switzerland

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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 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.
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.

Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries
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.

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