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Switzerland Importer of Record and IT Shipping

Switzerland does not require specialty permits but you will need a knowledgeable Importer of Record to assist you with customs clearance.

Switzerland Importer of Record at a Glance:

Importer of Record:

  • Switzerland’s customs process does not require special permits for telecommunications equipment
  • Many of our clients will use FGX’s Importer of Record services when shipping IT hardware into Switzerland

IT Shipping and Logistics:

  • Shipments into Switzerland take approximately a week or less for door-to-data center delivery

Importer of Record and Pre-Shipment Documentation


Switzerland doesn’t require any sort of permits or licenses for most IT imports. Your Importer of Record provider should provide customs with all of the required documentation, e.g. bill of lading, commercial invoices, etc. The only information you will need in addition to standard documentation is the proper valuations of products.

Since Switzerland is not in the EU, you cannot use your EU registrations in other countries to act as your own Importer of Record. If you have an entity in Switzerland, FGX can help you navigate the process to act as the Importer of Record. However, Switzerland is a location where many of our clients utilize an Importer of Record provider.

IT Shipping & Logistics

The shipping and logistics process is relatively quick and air freight availability is abundant. Air freight takes two to three days, customs clearance takes about a day, and last-mile delivery within metro areas is next day. If you have a knowledgeable supply-chain provider you should be able to complete your shipment, end-to-end, within a week or less.

FGX manages all of our client’s shipments door-to-door (or door-to-datacenter). This case study showcases how we navigated IT logistics and importation into Switzerland at the time that it was written. Regulations and challenges are constantly changing and exact shipping requirements may have changed. To learn more about FGX and how our global shipping platform can help your company, reach out here.