Shipping to Switzerland – FAQs on Brexit, customs and delivery

Shipping to Switzerland flyer

Our flagship Switzerland freight forwarding service is a secure and reliable option for import/export businesses sending road freight to and from the UK. We wanted to answer some of the most common questions we get asked about shipping freight to Switzerland and what, if anything, changes post-Brexit.

If you have further questions about our Swiss service or would like to discuss your pallet delivery or freight requirements, please get in touch and we’d be happy to provide you with a competitive quote or shipping information. Call +44 (0)1675 434690 or email us at Alternatively, visit our Freight to Switzerland page for further help and information.

Do I need customs forms for Switzerland?

Yes. As Switzerland is a non-EU country, a customs declaration form is required – and this is something we can arrange for you through our customs clearance services. You will also need an EORI number to complete the customs paperwork. The UK has already concluded a bi-lateral trade agreement covering both exports and imports so there will be no change to the existing customs control when trading with Switzerland post-Brexit.

Exporting to Switzerland from UK – customs requirements

For goods below a value of £5,700, you should include a declaration of the origin of the goods on your commercial invoice. For higher value consignments, you will need an EUR1 certificate of origin which we can arrange for you. An export entry must be lodged with UK customs, and International Forwarding has its own Dover customs office to facilitate this. IFL also has Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation from UK customs which is a kitemark for competency in customs matters. In Switzerland import clearance takes place either at the border or at the premises of our Swiss transport partner.

Importing from Switzerland to UK – customs requirements

An import entry must be lodged with UK customs and, again, the Dover clearance customs office of International Forwarding is ideally placed to handle this and to deal with any customs queries raised while they are in transit via Dover port. The transitional arrangements for imports announced by the UK government for a six-month period post-Brexit can be applied to imports from Switzerland. Further details are available from our customs team.

How much does it cost to send a pallet to Switzerland?

When shipping pallets to Switzerland, transport costs will depend upon the number of pallets, weight and the sizes. Our sales team offer highly competitive quotations; attractive rates can also be given for non-palletised goods.

How long does it take to send freight to Switzerland?

IFL operates driver-accompanied road trailers. We offer door-to-door delivery within 48/72 hours, subject to UK and Swiss customs checks. Please note, due to Covid-19 and certain border closures / restrictions in some countries, transit times and departures may require a longer lead time at present.

Get a quote

Get in touch today for a fast quote or to find out how you can take advantage of International Forwarding’s reliable and cost-effective service to/from Switzerland daily. Call +44 (0)1675 434690 or email us at

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Pallet delivery to Switzerland flyer

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Please note: we do not ship personal effects.