Switzerland - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited and Restricted Imports
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To find out whether a specific good is banned or restricted from import to Switzerland, consult the Tares database. Enter the HS code of a good and check to see if the display details page references a permit obligation. If so, goods of the selected type may only be imported or exported with the specified permit.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of the types of items that face bans or restrictions for importation into Switzerland:

  • Weapons: For the import, export, or transit of arms or ammunition, including components and accessories, you must present them to a Customs Office and register them.
  • Objects containing precious metals: These must be reported to a Precious Metal Control Office.
  • Counterfeits (e.g. watches and jewelry)
  • Cultural property
  • Therapeutic products and doping substances
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Protected Animals and Plants: Switzerland abides by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (the CITES convention). Imports of CITES-protected animals, plants, and derived products require CITES export permits issued by CITES enforcement authorities of the country of origin, as well as permits from FSVO. Inspections of such goods will be carried out upon importation. Commercial importers who trade in products derived from CITES-protected species (furs, skins, tissue etc.) may apply for an open import license to avoid applying for a new import permit for every shipment.
  • Hazardous chemicals and pesticides
  • Waste material
  • Ozone-depleting substances
  • Pyrotechnic items
  • Radar warning devices.