Not just coronavirus: An overview of important export topics from recent weeks

Alongside COVID-19, decrees have been made and decisions taken in other areas that are of relevance for international business: An overview of key resolutions to ensure smooth market entry or re-entry.


As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies are fighting for survival. The last few months have been hard; the next few months might remain so. Nevertheless, there is light at the end of the tunnel, the situation seems to be normalizing, and the most relevant Swiss export markets are opening up to people and goods. COVID-19 has dominated the world’s media over the last few months, information has revolved around it, and many countries have treated coronavirus-related decrees as the priority. Nevertheless, other topics have also been dealt with in recent times. Here is a short overview to ensure your market entry or re-entry after the crisis goes as smoothly as possible:

Changes to conformity checks for exports to Morocco

On February 1, 2020, Morocco introduced a new conformity program for numerous industrial goods. Now, conformity checks for most industrial products must take place in the export country (pre-shipment check). After the reference date, inspections of these goods will no longer be carried out at border crossings into Morocco. In addition, goods must be marked and labeled according to the regulations. Find out more

Start of applicability for the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) postponed by one year

On April 17, 2020, the EU Parliament passed a bill to postpone the start of applicability for the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) by one year to May 26, 2021. According to the EU parliament, the change in timing is designed to enable national authorities, notified bodies, producers, and other involved parties to be able to concentrate on urgent priorities connected with the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more

Exports from Switzerland: How we can help

Do you have questions about customs duties, value added tax, or designations of origin? We recently carried out a complete revision of the most frequently asked questions
relating to exports.

New regulation: EU domicile required for exports

A company that is not EU-based can no longer qualify as the exporter under customs and excise law when exporting to a non-EU country. What does this mean for Swiss companies with an EU warehouse? Find out more

EU customs clearance: You must be familiar with these terms

Intra-Community supply and intra-Community acquisition (ICS and ICA) are two key terms in EU customs clearance. What do they mean for companies with international operations? Find out more

Incoterms 2020 – what’s changed?

Avoid contract mistakes and unnecessary costs: The new international commercial terms, Incoterms® 2020 for short, came into force at the start of 2020. What is there to watch out for and what are the most important changes? Find out more

Tariff classification and rates

After reading this article, you will know what an HS code is, where to find your customs tariff number, and what customs duties apply to your product. You can also try out our new online tool to discover fresh potential and possible export markets. Find out more

Support with export

For further information, we recommend our e-commerce dossier, information from ExportHelp, or the new GoGlobal cockpit. Do you have specific questions? Our team of consultants is happy to assist you. 

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