Food and non-alcoholic beverages
Foodstuffs and non-alcoholic beverages that exceed the allowances and/or value limits and that are destined for transit through Switzerland must be declared upon entry (see also Duty-free allowances: foodstuffs, alcohol and tobacco).
When foodstuffs and non-alcoholic beverages that are not subject to maximum amounts and that are worth a total of less than CHF 5,000 are transported through Switzerland, customs clearance generally occurs informally at the border. When it is suspected that the goods will not be re-exported, the customs office may require a deposit even for goods worth a total of less than CHF 5,000.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages liable to duty
A transit receipt is issued upon entry for foodstuffs and non-alcoholic beverages that exceed the maximum amounts or are worth more than CHF 5,000.
You need to pay a deposit, which is refunded by the customs office of exit if all of the goods are re-exported. The deposit amounts to roughly the equivalent of the import duties (see also Duty-free allowances: foodstuffs, alcohol and tobacco). If the deposit is paid in cash (CHF, EUR, USD, GBP), it will always be refunded in Swiss francs. It can also be paid by credit card; the sum is credited to the same credit card upon re-exportation.
Opening hours and addresses
You must leave Switzerland via a manned border crossing in order for the exportation of the goods to be confirmed. The deposit can be refunded only during clearance times. Opening hours and addresses
You leave the EU Customs Union when transiting through Switzerland. To ensure unproblematic exportation and re-importation into the EU, contact all relevant customs administrations beforehand:
Other countries: WCO - National customs websites