IMPORTS OF GOODS INTO SWITZERLAND16 May 2023
Swiss customs it can be complex depending on the type of goods or animals that are in the luggage.
However, there are some useful indications that can facilitate border formalities and allow easier entry into Switzerland
To enter Switzerland, all goods with a total value of more than 300 francs or exceeding the limits set for foodstuffs, alcohol and tobacco must be declared at the border.
If you do not pay the corresponding customs duties, the products may be seized.
ANIMALS AND PLANTS
Swiss border, the formalities for importing animals vary according to the type of animal and goods of animal origin you wish to import.
It is important to consult the regulations on goods of animal origin and protected fauna for more information.
As far as plants are concerned, it is important to pay attention when bringing holiday souvenirs to Switzerland, as in many cases it is forbidden to import plants, fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, seeds and other fresh live plant parts, as well as some timber and earth.
It is advisable to consult the prescriptions on plants, cut flowers and protected flora, as well as the information on plant health for more information.
The importation into Switzerland of many types of weapons is prohibited.
Therefore, you must declare all imported weapons and ammunition at an open customs office.
Please note that weapons are not subject to customs duties, but a value added tax (VAT) of 7.7% is required.
For more information on importing weapons and the necessary permits, we recommend that you consult the Federal Office of Customs and Border Security's page on weapons or ask us directly.
It is possible to cross the Swiss border in a loaned vehicle, however, to avoid suspicion of theft, you must have written authorization from the vehicle owner.
For this purpose, an authorization form can be downloaded from the website of the Swiss authorities.
It is advisable to fill in the authorization form carefully and to always have a copy in the vehicle when crossing the border. This way, you will avoid any problems with the Swiss customs authorities.
CASH OR SECURITIES
You can cross the Swiss border with any amount of liquidity, whether it's cash or securities.
However, if you enter Switzerland with more than 10,000 Swiss francs, customs personnel have the right to seize the money if they suspect criminal activity.
It is recommended that you declare any cash amount over 10,000 Swiss Francs at the customs office upon entering Switzerland.
Furthermore, it is important to note that sums exceeding 10,000 Swiss francs are recorded in the computer system of the Federal Office of Customs and Border Security.
It is important to follow the rules and regulations on declaring money and securities when entering Switzerland to avoid any problems with the customs authorities.
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