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CUSTOMS CLEARANCE 

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EXPORT and IMPORT

Which documents do you need to clear goods?

1) Invoice

What should be indicated in the invoice?

2) Packages, weight and value of the goods
3) Goods which meet the provisions of free trade agreements are subject to a reduced rate of duty or are completely exempt from customs duty.
If the goods have an EU-origin and its value is lower than 6'000 € or 10'300 CHF, in order to benefit from the preferential rate during the customs clearance, the supplier's invoice must state the origin of the product with the following text (Declaration of origin - EUR 1):

 

“L’esportatore delle merci contemplate nel presente documento, dichiara che salvo indicazione contraria le merci sono di origine preferenziale CE (oppure indicare nazione esatta es: Italia, Germania ecc.)


Or Declaration of origin - EUR-MED :

“L’esportatore delle merci contemplate nel presente documento, dichiara che salvo indicazione contraria le merci sono di origine preferenziale...

Ο   cumulation applied with...

Ο   no cumulation applied "

The declaration must be provided signed in original and the name of the signatory must be indicated in capital letters.

If the value of the goods exceeds the limits just mentioned, the Eur 1/ Eur-Med certificate must be produced or a procuration for the issue of the latter document can be released by the supplier.
Click here to download the procuration

Depending on the customs clearance, the following documents should be provided:

Documents to provide for the italian exportation

1) "Dichiarazione di libera esportazione italiana" (declaration of free italian exportation)
2) Documents required to benefit from preferential treatment (see previous paragraph and file displayed here )
When the exporter is registered as authorised exporter, by indicating the number of authorisation within the declaration of origin, the latter will not have any limit of value and it is not required to provide it in original anymore.

Documents to provide for the swiss importation

For the goods not subject to specific importation permit, the documents to provide are as following: 
1) invoice 
2) if necessary, proof of origin on the invoice or Eur1/EurMed certificate.
3) document of italian exportation

If the company that needs to import into Switzerland is also an habitual swiss exporter and it imports into the territory of Switzerland benefiting from the so called procedure "di riporto dell’Iva" (report of payment of Vat) with authorisation of Federal Customs Adminstration, you can just provide us the number of this authorisation before the customs clearance.

For all the goods subject to special permits and certificates (f.e. food, leather, precious metals, weapons, etc.) please contact our experts. They will support you for all the procedures. 

Documents to provide for the swiss exportation

For all goods no subject to specific exportation permits, the documents to provide are as following:
1) invoice 
2) if required, proof of origin on invoice or prova d’origine or Eur1/EurMed  certificate or procuration for issue of Eur1/EurMed certificate.

For all the goods subject to special permits and certificates (f.e. food, leather, precious metals, weapons, etc.) please contact our experts. They will support you for all the procedures. 

Documents to provide for the italian importation

1) Invoice
2) Number of the italian VAT
3) Certificate of origin, if required
4) Dichiarazione d’intento (only for enterprises), for habitual italian exporters that have request for authorisation for "conteggio posticipato dell'Iva" (postponed vat counting)
This declaration must be sent to the italian Customs electronically, with copy to us.
5) DV1 Form: For the goods with a value exceeding 10'000 € the documents must be  provided with DV1 form or  procuration for the compilation.
6) Dichiarazione di libera importazione
7) For all the goods subject to the system of Reverse Charge (f.e. metal scraps,..) the italian importer must provide us the corresponding declaration. Please contact us for further information about this regime.
8) Certificate USMAF – go to the section

 

TEMPORARY EXPORTATION and IMPORTATION

This kind of document is granted for goods that need to enter Switzerland temporarily, and then be re-exported abroad.

It is particularly useful when avoiding paying the duty due in the case of normal importation, whereas it is superfluous in the case of a duty exemption on the basis of the customs tariff or a certificate of origin.
Using this type of customs clearance allows at the time of importation not to pay the taxes due, but to deposit them and upon re-exportation receive full refund.
Temporary importation must be authorized by the customs office at the time of transit of goods at frontier; it is granted for products that come to Switzerland for demonstration, for exhibitions and events, professional material, itinerant sales. Making a temporary import means therefore giving the customs of the country of entry a certain type of guarantee with respect to customs duties.

There are two types of guarantee, depending on whether you have a PCD account at customs or not. In the first case you provide a guarantee with guaranteed amount, while in the second case the amount due is deposited at the time of customs clearance. In both cases, the document to be set up, if the goods are not subjected to modifications and transformations, is called "carta di passo".

At the time of the re-export of the goods, the guarantee or deposit is withdrawn by making a special request to the customs office in which it was requested and the "carta di passo" is discharged.
This procedure is authorized for a limited time: customs assesses each case and assigns a deadline for re-export with a maximum of two years from import and three possible extensions for one year each.

We help you handle this from start to finish by providing you assistance throughout the period of temporary import.

Temporary Exportation

As regards the temporary export of Swiss goods to the EEC countries, such operations may only be carried out after they have been normally authorized by the Customs of destination where the importing company is located. In this respect, it must be taken into account that obtaining such authorization requires 3/5 working days. Therefore all organization of this operation must be agreed and planned in advance.

We are at your disposal to provide you with more information on this subject. </ strong> </ p>

 

OTHER KIND OF DOCUMENTS FOR SPECIAL GOODS AND SHIPMENTS

Information about contract tenders

In case a foreign firm signs a contract with a Swiss customer and this involves a shipment of goods and a working performance, the customs must verify that VAT has been set at the end of the work on the total amount of turnover. To do so at the time of the first import, you must apply for a customs authorization for "import under a contract". A provisional imposition of the VAT on the first dispatch of goods is issued, which at the time the works will be terminated will be modified if there is still VAT due.

To do so at the time of the first import, you must apply for a customs authorization for "import under contract tenders". A provisional imposition of the VAT on the first dispatch of goods is issued, which at the time the works will be terminated will be modified if there is still VAT due.

CITES

In order to market certain protected species of flora and fauna, or their parts and derived products, it is necessary to apply for an import or export authorization to the competent state department which will release the CITES Annexes on the basis of the list of protected specimens under the CITES Convention.

Carnet Tir

The TIR Carnet is an international customs document issued for road transport by a country acceding to the TIR Convention through the territory of any number of acceding countries and represents a guarantee of payment of any customs duties.
It is often used in CEE if the destination is outside the European Economic Space. This document has a validity of 60 days and it does not have to be subject to customs controls of each country of transit but only of departure and destination

In Switzerland, the TIR Carnet is issued by the Swiss road haulage association, called ASTAG, as it is the nationally authorized guarantee center

For the issue of this document, the carrier must deposit with the authorized entity the guarantee required by the appropriate procedures.

 

 

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