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Test selling / customs / regulations

Hi all,

I want to start my own business in Switzerland and I have Swiss passport. I want to first start e-commerce and then a physical shop hopefully.
I want to import products and sell them in Switzerland.

However, I first want to start with test selling on Instagram or Shopify before I register my company.

In this point, I have these questions which I do not have the answers for:

1. I plan to buy some products, put them in my luggage and bring them to Switzerland and put them to Instagram and/or Shopify for test selling. Is this legal? Or should I show those products at the customs at airport? The value of those products will be maybe 2000 chf for a start (or even less)

2. If I have to show them at customs, is it enough that I have the invoice of those products? Or should I also get something from customs in the country I export from?

3. If I can do the test selling without registering my company, until when can I keep on doing this? What is the regulation there, when should I register my company?


Thanks for your answers!
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1. I plan to buy some products, put them in my luggage and bring them to Switzerland and put them to Instagram and/or Shopify for test selling. Is this legal? Or should I show those products at the customs at airport? The value of those products will be maybe 2000 chf for a start (or even less)
Sure do, it is called smuggling.....

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/de/home...e-schweiz.html
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Sure do, it is called smuggling.....

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/de/home...e-schweiz.html
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Sure do, it is called smuggling.....

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/de/home...e-schweiz.html
what if I bring products worth less than 300 chf? In that case can I put them for test selling without showing them to customs?
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Sure do, it is called smuggling.....

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/de/home...e-schweiz.html
The information above is for private persons which intend to use the goods themselves or as gifts.

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what if I bring products worth less than 300 chf? In that case can I put them for test selling without showing them to customs?
Here the relevant information (in English) when goods are imported for commercial use:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ing-goods.html

also see:

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...onditions.html

https://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu/en/home...sh-an-sme.html

https://www.estv.admin.ch/estv/de/ho...ertsteuer.html

https://www.seco.admin.ch/seco/de/ho...zeichnung.html
https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/ce-marking_en

https://www.swissmedic.ch/swissmedic...rtifikate.html

https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/de/ho...verfahren.html

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...emikalien.html

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...en_import.html

http://www.salz.ch/de/gesuch-um-impo...in-die-schweiz

http://www.swissrecycling.ch/wissen/rechtsnormen/

https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/de/ho...-das-fuer.html
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Re: Test selling / customs / regulations

@aSwissInTheUS

lots of useful info, thank you.
However i can't find what kind of document the goods must have, so could be sold in Switzerland.

the only one source: https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ing-goods.html
mentioning few documents for the custom clearance:

Accompanying documents
For customs controlls, present the corresponding accompanying documents with the import customs declaration without being requested to do so. The most important accompanying documents are invoices, any certificates of origin, authorisations/certificates, official confirmations and analysis certificates. Depending on the circumstances, other freight documents such as delivery notes, cargo manifests, weight certificates or assessment instructions may be useful.


My product (camping chairs) doesn't require CE Mark, for instance, but I can't find a solid information of what document i need to have, to be able to wholesale to retailers... Certificate of origin? Any fire safety certificate? else?

Thanks for advice!
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lots of useful info, thank you.
You are welcome.

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My product (camping chairs) doesn't require CE Mark, for instance, but I can't find a solid information of what document i need to have, to be able to wholesale to retailers... Certificate of origin? Any fire safety certificate? else?
In case of camping chairs (the original poster did not specify the product thus the very comprehensive answer) by law and regulation AFAIK nothing I could think of. But who ever buys your product can request further documents has they wish and think are useful. Such as statement of conformity with REACH/ChemRRV

https://www.bafu.admin.ch/bafu/de/ho...verfahren.html
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