Glass beverage containers (prepaid disposal fees)
The Beverage Container Ordinance (BCO) and in particular the prepaid disposal fee for glass beverage containers aim to spread out the costs incurred by used glass disposal and recycling based on the "user pays" principle.
Prepaid disposal fee import
If you import glass beverage containers e.g. beer bottles, e prepaid disposal fee must be paid.
Details to be provided in the customs declaration
We report to an appointed organization the import consignments which are relevant for the collection of the prepaid disposal fee for control purposes. It is for this reason that you have to indicate the applicable statistical key in the customs declaration, the additional charges code and the additional charges key. Further information on these topics can be found in the customs tariff - Tares (details on the tariff number) or in the remarks in Tares.
Prepaid disposal fee export
If you export beverage containers subject to the prepaid disposal fee, you can apply for a reimbursement of the fee.
Further information on the prepaid disposal fee
More information can be obtained from the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).
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