Customs clearance for imports and exports

As an internationally active SME, you need to be aware of topics such as import and export regulations, information on customs procedures, tariff classification and the customs database as well as the handling of customs documents. 

Customs duties

Customs duties

Are you an exporting SME? After reading our article, you will know what an HS code is, where to find your customs tariff number, and what customs duties apply to your product. We also offer you free access to the customs database. It is a foreign trade portal with country-specific information on tariff and non-tariff trade measures?

Customs procedures
Export customs clearance
Import regulations

Import regulations

An export is always followed by an import. To ensure that goods arrive at the right destination, certain import regulations must also be guaranteed.


Australia: Seasonal measures affect Swiss exporters

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The brown marmorated bug (BSMB) is spreading rapidly in Europe and North America. To protect the local ecosystem from the stink bug, Australia's ...

Australia: New minimum import declaration requirements

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Starting August 2, 2021, revised minimum documentation and import declaration requirements will apply to imports into Australia. What are the mai...

Brazil: The Import Tax Reduction or Ex-Tariff Regime

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The “Ex-Tarifário” is an initiative of the Brazilian government created to reduce the import tax, applicable to products that do not have a natio...
Customs in Chile

Chile: Customs’ regimes

Chile has customs’ regimes which aim to improve the competitiveness of the country in foreign trade and protect customers and the environment. Th...

Egypt: ACI - new pre-registration system

Egyptian customs has introduced a new electronic system for the pre-registration of shipment information: the "Advanced Cargo Information (ACI)"....
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India: Health certificate required for milk, pork and fish imports

India: Health certificate required for milk, pork and fisch imports
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare/Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued notification F. No. 1829/Health Certifi...
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Israel: Import liberalization and exemption from customs duties

In connection with budget legislation, the Israeli parliament decided to liberalize the import of goods to a large extent as of June 1, 2022, whi...

United Arab Emirates: New System for Commercial Document Certification

Vereinigte Arabische Emirate
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (MoFAIC) has introduced a new system for the certificat...
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Iran: Import ban on more than 1,300 products

Iran hopes to strengthen its own economy through import bans
In order to protect itself against US sanctions, Iran has imposed an import ban on 1,339 products. The products are to be produced domestically i...


Customs Database (worldwide customs tariffs)

Customs Database (worldwide customs tariffs)
Our Customs Database is a foreign trade portal for country-specific information on tariff and non-tariff trade measures.



Exports to Brazil: What needs to be considered?

Sao Paulo
Brazil is the ninth largest economy in the world, the largest market in Latin America and Switzerland's most important trading partner on the Sou...

Exports to Canada: What needs to be considered?

Canada Exports
Canada is the ninth largest economy in the world. The country has a strong banking system and is also recognized for its ease to do business. Can...

Exporting to China: What needs to be considered?

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For Swiss and Liechtenstein SMEs from all sectors, the Chinese market is interesting and, furthermore, they currently enjoy advantages over their...

Exporting to India: What needs to be considered?

India's economy is booming. The demand for consumer goods, technology and infrastructure renewals appears to be insatiable. This in turn presents...

Exporting to Morocco: What needs to be considered?

Rabat Marokko
In 2021, the volume of imports from Morocco amounted to CHF 230 million, while the volume of Swiss exports amounted to CHF 345 million. Switzerla...

Exporting to Norway: What needs to be considered?

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Norway is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of per capita income. The Scandinavian country owes this to its wealth of resources,...

Exporting to Saudi Arabia: What needs to be considered?

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is the second largest market for Switzerland in the GCC region and ranks 27th on the list of Switzerland's export trading partners. ...

Exports to South Korea: What needs to be considered?

Sean Pavone
South Korea is the fourth largest economy in Asia. It is modern and prosperous and has the fastest mobile broadband network in the world. The eco...
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Export to Russia: These documents are needed

Different documents are needed when exporting to Russia
The Russian Federation ranks twenty-second on Switzerland’s list of trade partners and holds high potential for the development and expansion of ...

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