Exports, imports & customs clearance
International trade

Import goods into Switzerland
Comparison of services

If goods are purchased abroad, the foreign supplier is usually in charge of shipping to Switzerland. As soon as the goods arrive in Switzerland, they must be cleared through customs – the recipient pays the VAT and any customs duty. Depending on the channel, Swiss Post handles customs clearance, for example for small goods, goods or entire truckloads. This page shows which services Swiss Post can offer to support importing. With URGENT Import, for example, the Swiss recipient can pay the transport costs or even have a consignment collected abroad. With GLS, any charges and costs can be flexibly divided between the sender and recipient. Our list of frequently asked questions provides more information on the subject of importing.


  • Express worldwide
  • Transport to over 200 countries
  • All-in prices according to effective weight
  • Free collection
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GLS import parcels

  • Processing of GLS consignments in the Swiss Post network.
  • Flexible division of customs clearance costs and government levies between sender and recipient
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Shipping customs clearance
For international small consignments transport

  • We handle your customs clearance
  • You avoid long waiting times
  • You have a single point of contact for small consignments or truckload
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Mail from around the world
Postal customs clearance

  • Customs clearance of Swiss Post consignments from around the world
  • Collection of VAT and customs duty on behalf of the federal government
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Information for business customers
About importing

Import levies by invoice
Payment by monthly invoice

Settle your import levies simply each month by invoice.

If you do not yet receive a monthly invoice from Swiss Post, you can request one.

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Mail Order Regulation
For foreign mail-order companies

Do you send large quantities of parcels within Switzerland? From 1 January 2019, you must charge the Swiss recipient with VAT.

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