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Customs for commercial items

I'm running a small hobby-business, legally registered (Sole Proprietorship) and I want to import one item to Switzerland. It will be a commercial item which I will sale later so I want to keep my bookings "in order". The problem is that I'll be going with private car through the border during night time when customs offices are closed. From what I read, the "self-declare" customs-box where you drop a declaration are only related to non-commerical purposes.



Do you guys know if I can make such import declaration online/offline without waiting for the customs office to be open at the border?



what's the correct procedure in my case? I can't find any instructions on the custom's website
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Re: Customs for commercial items

Hi!


Did you find any help on this topic as I have the same questions! I imported some goods once, but used a company to do all the paperwork for that. Unfortunately was it too expensive like everything else here in Switzerland.


Now I'm looking to do it all by myself but find it very complicated.


Thanks!
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Re: Customs for commercial items

The QuickZoll app and the normal boxes are for private goods only.

For commercial goods you use e-dec to prepare the paperwork online
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...companies.html
but AFAIK you will still have to clear the goods during opening hours at a manned crossing which processes commercial goods:
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...ing-goods.html
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Re: Customs for commercial items

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did anybody did that procedure by filling e-dec forms online? I'd appreciate a guidance here as I'll be doing it for the first time

thanks
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did anybody did that procedure by filling e-dec forms online? I'd appreciate a guidance here as I'll be doing it for the first time

thanks
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Unfortunately no. My wife has also a small business for cosmetic products and we are getting the things delivered by road on DAF basis and I am asking the delivery company to take care of the import. They take 100 CHF commission for that.
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did anybody did that procedure by filling e-dec forms online? I'd appreciate a guidance here as I'll be doing it for the first time

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I import goods semi regularly myself and fill out the forms now, when I started out though I did enlist a freight forwarding company to assist. The most important thing is to get the correct customs procedure code for your goods. For this, look in to https://xtares.admin.ch/tares/login/loginFormFiller.do

Specifically you'll need to make the declaration on:
https://e-dec-web.ezv.admin.ch/webdec/main.xhtml?rvn=3
and then the options will differ depending on the procedure code used.

Also, as far as I'm aware you'll need to do the crossing during office hours to make the declaration. Follow the truck signs when you get to the border and park up in the car park, you won't be able to drive out until you've paid and got your stamps.

You'll first need to ask the Swiss office for an exit card (just a piece of paper for stamping), then over to the French/German/Italian/Austrian/'whatever land you've crossed from' office with your export paperwork from the land of origin for them to scan and stamp the exit card. Then back to the Swiss office with your e-dec where you can pay what is due. Depending on how well you've filled out the form this can either be quick of take hours. Don't expect many smiles, although if you've done the paperwork right then they may go easier on you, any changes or incorrect things and they aren't best pleased however they must have hundreds of incorrectly filled forms everyday so I can sort of understand. Finally, they may request you to pull the car round and inspect the goods before they let you go.

It is a complicated process and takes a lot of time. It can be made slightly easier (or at least you may have someone else to help) if you use a freight forwarder to help you with the forms. I'd advice this for the first time, from my experience prices start from around 120CHF. Just make sure the one you choose has an office at the border crossing you choose.
Hope this helps a bit.
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