Need help on importing goods from China to Switzerland? Confused by the fact that Switzerland is in Europe but is not a member of the EU?
Since many regulations are only published in French, German and Italian languages (i.e. Switzerland official languages), sometimes it might be difficult to find specific information about regulations in the English language.
While you can find thousands of documents online and spend nights reading about the topic, we decided to write this guide to save you time and make your life easier.
In this article, we will guide you through the requirements and regulations that you must know before importing products from China to Switzerland. In particular, we will cover the following topics:
- Switzerland-China Free Trade Agreement
- Switzerland Product safety regulation
- Switzerland Labeling Requirements
- Import Taxes
- Import licenses and permits
- Shipping from China to Switzerland
Note: It is impossible to break down every detail in this article. Instead, our goal is to provide an overview and index for you to better understand the general rules when importing goods from China to Switzerland and links to the main regulations that apply in the country.
Switzerland-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
Let’s start with the Free Trade Agreement that was signed between Switzerland and China in 2013. This FTA explains the requirements when importing goods from China.
What is the Free Trade Agreement?
In short, it is an agreement that states the terms of the cooperation among the two countries, in order to reduce trade barriers such as import quotas and tariffs.
Therefore, it’s important for any Switzerland’s importer to know what are the benefits of this agreement.
We outlined the key point of this agreement for you: