What is the difference between preferential and non-preferential origin?


Preferential origin serves to make goods customs-exempt or subject to reduced customs when exported to a country with which Switzerland has a free trade agreement.

Fulfilment of non-preferential origin regulations does not make goods customs-free when imported to a third-party country – this origin rule is applied only if the country of destination demands a country of origin certificate for the import.

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You can register for the access to the MendelOnline database over this link to look up worldwide customs tariffs. This access is free for Swiss companies ; in case you receive an error message, please send an e-mail to s-ge@mendel-online.eu and your account will be activated.

The EU import duties can also be looked up in the TARIC database.

The Swiss import duties are published in the Swiss Working Tariff Tares.

The customs tariff number is necessary for all queries.

The control of goods on an international level is regulated in Switzerland by two legal instruments, the Goods Control Act (GKG) and the War Material Act (KMG). The control covers so-called dual-use goods (goods that can be used for military and civil purposes) and military materials and special military hardware.

The SECO is responsible for monitoring in Switzerland.

Please go to www.switzerland-ge.com/map (choose category „Freihandelsabkommen in Kraft“) and you will see all the countries that Switzerland/EFTA has a Free Trade Agreement.

You can also find a list here: SECO - List of FTAs

If your product is specified in one of these directives, you need a CE-marking.

You can find all our gathered information, directives and links regarding CE marking in chapter Export Help - CE Marking.

Other contact : Schweizerische Normenvereinigung SNV

The S-GE leaflet «MwSt – Grenzüberschreitender Dienstleistungsverkehr mit der EU» (available in German, French and Italian) provides further information about the reverse charge procedure.