Are you thinking about expanding your e-commerce business into Switzerland? Undoubtedly, you'll have lots of questions, particularly about the finer details surrounding customs and regulations. In this article, we aim to clear up any confusion regarding customs declarations and provide you with the information you need to start preparing for trade with Switzerland.
Do I need a customs declaration?
Yes – Switzerland isn't a member of the European Union, so you will need a customs declaration form. But don't let the paperwork put you off. Switzerland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and certainly a market you should consider exploring. The Swiss regularly trade with the EU, and there are established agreements for road and air transport of goods.
Companies that are hoping to trade goods with Switzerland will have to register for an EORI number. If you are importing from Switzerland, your items may be subject to a duty, and you'll have to know the commodity code (or HS code) to work out the specific duty rate. By following the necessary procedures and providing the relevant data on your declaration form, your goods will have fewer delays and hold-ups, helping your customers to get their orders faster, improving your service delivery.
Which form to use
The form you have to complete depends on the value of the items you're sending.
Items valued up to £270: Customs declaration form CN22.
Items valued over £270: Customs declaration form CN23
How to fill out the form
You may populate the relevant fields in English, and here's how to get it right on the first go:
- Use BLOCK CAPITALS.
- State why you are exporting the items and give a full description of all the content.
- Each item described must be correctly and accounted for. The description must include weight and value in GBP or CHF.
- Your name and address should be included on the CN22 form so that your parcel can be returned if it's not accepted into the country.
- Affix the form to the exterior of your packaging, making sure it's clearly visible.
You will also have to obtain electronic custom's clearance – these documents can be used to claim any VAT that is due. Accurately completing this data as per the requirements ensures that goods are processed easily through overseas customs.
We help our clients export and import from Switzerland daily. As a joint venture between La Poste and Swiss Post, you can rest assured that you've chosen the right team to handle your Swiss bound goods. If you'd like more information or support to help you get your shipments ready for Switzerland, get in touch with Asendia today.