Export documents: current developments

News about documents required for import and export.

1. ATA carnet for Peru

From 30 April 2024, you can apply for an ATA carnet if you are temporarily taking products to Peru. This applies to professional equipment if you are going to carry out work in Peru. Such as photographic, video, and film equipment or musical instruments. And tools for maintenance, repair, and service. Items you use for exhibitions, fairs, and sports events can also be brought to Peru on an ATA carnet. Read how to use and apply for an ATA carnet.

2. EU-New Zealand trade treaty to enter into force on 1 May 2024

On 1 May 2024, the free trade agreement between the EU and New Zealand will enter into force. This means that from then on, you will import products from New Zealand cheaper. You pay less import duties. The condition is that the products are of preferential origin from New Zealand. This also applies to EU products that you export to New Zealand. The required proof of preferential origin is a statement on origin.

3. No import duty on industrial products in Switzerland

Since 1 January 2024, you no longer pay import duties for most industrial products in Switzerland. This means you do not need a EUR.1 or EUR-MED certificate from KVK for these products. Nor an invoice declaration. Industrial products have an HS code starting with the digits 25 to 97. It does not matter if the products are made in or outside the EU. You import all these products without import duties in Switzerland.


You do pay import duties in Switzerland when importing:

  • Agricultural products whose HS code begins with the digits 1 to 24.
  • Some products whose HS code starts with 35 and 38.

For these, you will still need a EUR.1, EUR-MED certificate, or invoice declaration. Read the complete list of adjustments to import duties in Switzerland (in German, French, or Italian).

When importing products into Switzerland, apart from possible import duties, you always pay VAT and other taxes. For example, excise duty.

ATA carnets

The new rules in Switzerland do not affect ATA carnets. You can continue to use an ATA carnet if you temporarily take equipment into Switzerland. You will then not pay VAT, excise duty, or consumption tax.