International E-Commerce

E-commerce: The following export and customs issues need to be clarified

Anyone selling goods across borders has to grapple with the export and customs regulations in each destination country. You can quickly lose track of things in the jungle of country-specific regulations and certificates. We show you which export and customs issues you have to deal with in international e-commerce and where you can get the help you need.

E-commerce: The following export and customs issues need to be clarified

Becoming familiar with all the customs regulations of the individual destination countries as well as knowing and observing the regulations in detail can be time-consuming and costly for Swiss SMEs. We therefore offer you an initial overview with links to further topics here

Which basic documents are required for export?

Certain documents are required for every export project. This often includes at least a commercial invoice, a packing list or a delivery note and proof of origin in order to benefit from any customs preferences. Depending on where and who you want to deliver your goods to, special requirements may apply (certificates).

A detailed checklist for export beginners can be found here!

Customs clearance + customs tariff number: How to proceed?

In the ideal case, your forwarding agent will support you in this matter. A customs tariff number, among other things, is essential for the export and import declaration. 

Here, we show you how to proceed and where you can find the right customs tariff number.

Free trade agreements and proofs of origin

Free trade agreements allow the Swiss economy to benefit from significant cost savings and also include sales of services, intellectual property protection, investment, public procurement and much more. Detailed information on free trade agreements, origin, rules of origin and proofs of origin can be found here:

Free trade agreement


Sales tax: Where can I register, and how can I be exempted from double taxation?

In principle, a Swiss company is subject to sales tax from the first sale in the destination country in question and must register itself with the relevant tax authority; for certain countries, a fiscal representative must be appointed.

This applies to DDP deliveries (delivered duty paid). In these cases, the seller acts as importer, bears the import costs and becomes liable for sales tax.

Find out how it works here!

Sale via marketplaces: What do I have to consider here?

Create a seller account on Amazon and find customers all over the world in one fell swoop? International marketplaces such as Amazon also make online retail attractive for small and medium-sized enterprises. Before selling via Amazon, however, Swiss exporters should consider some fundamental questions.

Amazon Marketplace: Is it really that simple?


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