Horses – Permanent importation
If it is intended for a horse to remain permanently in Switzerland, an import customs declaration must be made. Moreover, the following documents have to be presented:
- Commercial invoice or contract of sale
- Equine passport
The import tax is comprised of import duty and VAT (2.5% on the value including customs duty). The import duty is charged per animal and is as follows:
Tariff quota shares (3,822 shares) are allocated according to the order of acceptance of import customs declarations (i.e. first come, first served).
Information on temporary importation into Switzerland can be found at: Horses - Temporary importation.
Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO.
Once you have found all the necessary information, you...
- can declare the horse electronically with the appropriate application; or
- have it declared by a customs clearance agency/freight forwarder (see SPEDLOGSWISS).