Swiss customs procedures

Unlike most other countries, Switzerland levies its customs duties on the basis of gross weight, unless the customs tariff specifies exceptions such as number of pieces, litres, metres, etc.

The purpose of the weight assessment is to enable the customs officer to calculate the customs duties without any external data. The weight or the number of pieces can be determined by the customs officer himself, whereas the value is based on correct information given by the declarant.

Import

Foreign goods which are to be given the customs status of domestic goods must be declared for release for free circulation.

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Export

Domestic goods to be exported abroad must be declared under the export procedure.

Refunds for foreign returns or from remissions such as VOC, CO2, monopoly fees etc. can be applied for.

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Transit

Foreign goods moving unchanged through the customs territory (or between two places) must be declared using the transit procedure.

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Further customs procedures

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General information about Swiss customs

The Federal Customs Administration monitors and controls the movement of persons and goods across customs borders. They collect customs duties and other taxes. Moreover they perform other customs tasks.

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Import

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Export

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Transit

Learn everything about the most important terms concerning transit of goods.

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General information about Swiss customs

The Federal Customs Administration monitors and controls the movement of persons and goods across customs borders. They collect customs duties and other taxes. Moreover they perform other customs tasks.

Further terms

Import

What are centralised settlement procedure and authorised consignees? Learn more.

Further terms

Export

Learn everything about the most important terms in the export of goods.

Further terms

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