Our simplified import procedure is particularly interesting for forwarders and importers who regularly have transports over the Swiss borders.
Your truck drives directly in transit over the border to our domicile at the Badischen Bahnhof Basel, approved by the customs authorities, with a direct highway connection where we then take care of import declaration.
All of the data from the customs authorities is transferred electronically here. This provides us and the customs authorities with flexible instruments that fulfil the requirements of modern goods transport.
The responsible customs office decides within a determined period whether or not the load will be inspected. Inspections by customs are executed by us directly on site.
The most important advantages for you as a carrier
Higher schedule flexibility. Goods can be accepted and delivered even outside of the opening hours of the responsible customs office.
Regional independence from customs. Deliveries do not have to be sent to a customs office.
You can decide which border crossing you would like to use. This makes it possible for you to avoid the truck congestion at the borders and gain an enormous amount of time.
Smaller deliveries designated for Switzerland (up to approximately 800 kg) can be handed over directly to our partner EGS-Express Group Swiss (Basel) GmbH. Depending on the arrival time of the truck, these will be delivered by EGS on the same or following day for a minimal fee. If your truck crosses Switzerland in transit, you can save time that would have been spent for the delivery and your truck is completely available to you again.
Standard customs clearance
Customs clearance is the processing of your goods with regard to tax or customs.
We work out taxes and other duties in place of customs, such as customs duties and VAT on goods crossing the border.
Customs duties are indirect taxes raised on goods brought into the customs area.
Certain goods are prohibited for import, export and transit, or may only be brought across the border subject to restrictions or, as may apply, with permission. For example, this involves narcotic drugs, protected animals and plants, or weapons.
Where the global market prices for goods are higher in the domestic market economy than those in the domestic market economy itself, export duties are also charged in order to make exporting these goods less attractive. The amount and extent of such customs duties are strictly regulated by the WTO.
Export duty papers are needed to export goods from Germany or Switzerland.
A T2 is issued for Community goods, i.e.: Goods from the EU or, as may apply, already cleared for import into EU countries.
A T1 is issued for non-community goods, i.e. for example in Switzerland or Norway. A T1 is also issued for goods from overseas via ports and airports that do not clear customs but go in transit to the receiving country.
This is a pure Swiss procedure. It is similar to the T1 and issued on the border in order, for example, to ensure groupage freight arrives at the receiving forwarder, provided this is an authorised consignee who then clears the goods.
ATA Carnet (temporary import)
The ATA Carnet is used for the temporary import of goods such as those destined for trade fairs or goods for demonstrations or tests, and is valid for 1 year.
Duty-free pass (Freipass) procedure
Duty-free passes are generally issued for goods such as those imported for repairs or where they are imported and it is still not sure if they are to be returned or sold.
The requirement for a duty-free pass is identification measures, i.e. clear identification of the goods by means of serial numbers or similar. The import sales tax due is paid as a cash deposit and reimbursed when the duty-free pass is duly cancelled. Where a part of the goods remains in the importing country, the difference is reimbursed. With repairs, the added value created is taxed (new parts or wages), therefore a separate breakdown of the value of the shipment and the value of the work performed is to be prepared for the return transport.