Tariff quotas are commitments in the agricultural sector to grant market access to a specific quantity of products at a reduced rate of duty under certain conditions. A distinction is made between
- individual allocations by the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) and
- collective quotas (preferential tariff quotas, global quotas) of the Federal Customs Administration (FCA).
Tariff quotas are are managed with an electronic system for quota management called "e-quota". Consequently, merchandise under quota is subject to mandatory customs clearance with "e-dec Import" or "e-dec web".
Customs declarations are checked and processed accordingly directly when the import customs declaration is transmitted. The IT system "e-dec Import" rejects non-compliant customs declarations.