Canada and Switzerland have an enduring economic connection. Thanks in part to the European Free Trade Association/ EFTA (which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) Canadian trade to this region exceeds $5 billion per year.

Over 100,000 Canadians of Swiss origin live in Canada, making it the fifth-largest Swiss community abroad. Canada and Switzerland exchange a large numbers of tourists, students and business leaders that depend on low cost parcel delivery.

jet-secure-ship-vectorA few quick points to consider when shipping Switzerland from Canada 

  1. Canada Post is the preferred option for individuals shipping small parcels and personal items internationally to Switzerland.
  2. Market dominant carriers, such as UPS, FedEx and DHL have crazy high base pricing  but discounted shipping can be obtained via resellers who provide  "comparison quotes"  that offer discounts but can still be expensive.
  3.   Jet's logistics professionals will personally respond  to your inquiry within 1 business day sharing our expertise and helping you find the right solution (we freely recommend alternative carriers and methods that may better suite your needs).  ASK JET.
  4. Ecommerce shippers usually need a much lower cost than can be provided by traditional shipping methods and need direct shipping solutions (visit our ecommerce page).

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jet-logo-vectorThis post provides a deeper dive and explores of the main elements of international shipping between Canada to Switzerland.

  • Delivery Carrier options for shipping Switzerland from Canada
  • Information required for a shipping quote
  • Shipping terms to consider duty paid or unpaid?
  • Swiss customs clearance of goods sent from Canada
  • EFTA/ Canada Switzerland Free Trade Agreement: Duty free shipping to Switzerland
  • E-commerce Canadian receiving address for shipping to Switzerland
  • Shipping Canadian Shopify Orders to Switzerland and the EU
  • Common carrier options for shipping FROM Switzerland to Canada
  • Common fees charged in Canada for goods from Switzerland
  • CBSA Canadian import for goods shipped from Switzerland
  • Canadian customs assessment and revenue management (CARM)
  • Duty Free Entry for Swiss origin goods shipped TO Canada
  • Shipping Personal Effects to Switzerland from Canada
  • Shipping from Switzerland to the USA and Canada
  • Additional Resources for shipping to Canada and shipping from Canada

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is for general information only and is not intended to, constitute legal and/or tax advice.  Producers, shippers, exporters, importers should confirm their processes with their customs brokers, carriers and regulating authorities. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this site are hereby expressly disclaimed. The content on this posting is provided “as is”; no representations are made that the content is error-free.

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Carrier Options for Shipping Switzerland from Canada

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Shipping parcels to Switzerland via Canada Post

Canada Post is the preferred options for individuals  shipping small parcels  and personal items to Switzerland from Canada.  Shipments sent via Canada Post are imported and delivered in Switzerland by Swiss Post.

Canada Post Delivery Shipping Services to Switzerland Include:

  • Canada Post Small Packet Surface, Air and "Tracked Packet."
  • Canada Post International Parcel to Switzerland Surface
  • Canada Post Xpresspost Parcel: Delivery to Switzerland in 1 week

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Shipping to Switzerland via UPS and FedEx Canada

FedEx and UPS are North America's dominant couriers and offer - along with DHL - reliable express delivery from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto to Geneva, Zurich and throughout Switzerland. 

FedEx and UPS Canada Services to Switzerland Include:

  • International Priority/ Express to Switzerland
  • International Air Economy/ Deferred from Canada

jet-logo-vectorShipping Between Canada and Switzerland via Jet Worldwide

  • Jet Worldwide is a trusted brand that has been providing international shipping solutions for over 35 years
  • Jet Worldwide offers options for shipping between Canada and Switzerland for parcels, pallets and online orders
  • Jet Worldwide offers transparency,  logistics support and we are not shy about recommending alternative solutions as necessary.  Contact Jet's Logistics Team.

For a quote for shipping online orders, provide details including shipping volume, item(s) being shipped, average value and weight of each parcel.  The more details the better :).


Shipping from Switzerland via Purolator Canada

Purolator Courier is a leading domestic carrier in Canada and offer international express delivery via partners - including UPS Canada.   Purolator is a division of Canada Post.


Shipping Terms to Consider When Shipping to Switzerland

The default option for shipping internationally from Canada is Delivery Duty Unpaid (DDU). Common carriers use the term Ex Works (EXW) which essentially assigns all import related costs (duty, taxes, and other fees) to the receiver/ importer. Shippers from Canada can choose to pay the import fees on behalf of the receiver via a Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) options that many carriers offer.

READ-MORE-INCO-TERMSIncoTerms and shipping terms for packages and online orders.

The disadvantage of paying import fees on behalf of the receiver is that the bulk of the import fees are often from a value added tax that the importing business may otherwise be able to claim back.


CUSTOMS-DOUNE-GRAPHICInformation on Sending Parcels to Switzerland from Canada

Here is some useful information we provide to help those wishing to send a parcel to Switzerland. Note: Customs processes are subject to change and the information below are for general information only. It is important to check with the consignee in Switzerland to confirm your shipment is in regulatory compliance.

Duty Calculation for E-commerce Shipments to Switzerland Customs duties are based on the type, material, characteristics, use, and weight of the goods. They are calculated in accordance with the assessment basis (as a rule, gross weight at the time of customs declaration). The actual gross weight (including transport packaging) may differ significantly from the weight indicated on a delivery note.

Apart from any import duty, goods are subject to value added tax (VAT). Value added tax amounts to 7,7% of the assessment basis. A reduced rate of 2.5% applies for certain goods (such as, books and magazines).

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Paperwork and Swiss Customs for parcels sent from Canada

Having the proper paperwork - including an invoice for customs - is important when sending your parcel to Switzerland. Parcels can be subject to additional fees if it cannot clear customs due to missing, unreliable or incomplete customs documents. Fees for storage can be assessed for parcels that are held until the missing information is received or until the recipient or customs authorities take the decision concerning customs clearance.


Duty and Value Added Tax for shipments sent from Canada

As a rule, every parcel being imported to Switzerland is subject to customs duty and VAT based on the CIF value (value of the goods plus shipping cost and insurance).

Customs duties and value added tax are not charged if the amount calculated is less than CHF 5.00 per customs declaration, whereby customs and VAT charges are considered separately.

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Can Gifts sent from Canada be imported Duty Free to Switzerland?

In general goods sent from Canada to Switzerland via courier valued less than CHF 50 (around $60 CAD) can be cleared duty free.  

Gifts sent from private individuals living abroad to private individuals in Switzerland are duty-free up to a goods value of CHF 100.00.

Notes on sending gifts to Switzerland from Canada:

  • Goods purchased on the Internet do not qualify as gifts and thus subject to duty
  • To ensure the recipient of your gift is not charged any fees, we recommend using our prepaid duty service (DTP).
  • Canada post is the preferred option for individuals shipping gifts to Switzerland

Valuation of Goods by Swiss Customs for Imported Parcels coming from Canada

It is important to note that, when assessing value, Swiss Customs considers the transport cost as part of the good’s value. 

READ-MORE-ABOUT-VALUATIONRead more about valuation.

  • We recommend our customers to clearly note that the value is the “CIF Value.” The CIF value is all inclusive and includes the Cost, Insurance and Transport cost (Freight).
  • Swiss Customs can assign a higher value if they deem the declared value too low.

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The upper limit of the goods value (incl. transport costs) for an import exempt from VAT is:

  • 8% VAT (applicable to majority of all consignments) - CHF 62.00
  • 2.5% VAT (special goods such as books) - CHF 200.00

Shipping parcels from Canada containing items to being repaired in Switzerland

  • Items of Swiss origin imported for repair can be cleared as duty-free provided the VAT value is no higher than CHF 1,250.00.
  • Goods imported for repair originating abroad are cleared for customs as normal or with free passage.
  • The consignee can claim the VAT back after re-export or clam the deduction of input tax (subject to a fee).

For goods that have been repaired abroad and are returning to Switzerland, VAT is only charged on the new material and the labour costs. However, these two elements must be clearly stated on the commercial invoice.

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EFTA/Canada Switzerland Free Trade Agreement

Switzerland and Canada have a Free Trade Agreement via the European Free Trade Association/ EFTA (of which Switzerland is a member). Qualifying Canada origin goods can be imported duty free to Switzerland when accompanied by a qualifying origin declaration.

The origin declaration is referred to in Articles 16 and 17 of Annex C to the Canada EFTA


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CANADA RECEIVING ADDRESS ONLINE SHIPPING TO SWITZERLAND

Jet Worldwide provides a receiving address for goods ordered online in Switzerland. Swiss consumers can order from Canadian Amazon, e-bay, kiji, and Canadian retailers and have the orders shipped to Jet. Jet can store the orders to consolidate and save shipping costs and then ship via low cost economy express or Canada Post to Switzerland.

  • Receiving Address In Canada for online orders from Switzerland
  • Confirming receipt of the order at our Canadian addresses
  • Shipping to Switzerland
  • Contact our team for information

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jet-ecommerce-vector-graphic2Shipping Canadian Shopify Orders to Switzerland and the EU

Jet Worldwide is developing international shipping solutions for Shopify, Canada's leading e-commerce platform. Building on Jet Worldwide’s decades of Canadian cross-border parcel shipping experience, our team is currently developing Shopify-integrated solutions for shipping to Switzerland and the entire European Union, allowing businesses to “self-fulfill” their orders.

For updates on the latest international shipping solutions for Canadian online orders, connect with Jet Worldwide’s e-commerce team.


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Options for Shipping from Switzerland to Canada

The common carrier options for shipping Canada from Switzerland include Swiss Post (preferred option for individuals), DHL, Jet and North America's mega carriers FedEx and UPS.

  • Swiss Post Shipping Options to Canada Include:

    • Swiss Post "Postpac" economy and priority
    • Swiss Post Express (TNT Swiss Post shipped via FedEx)
  • FedEx and UPS Shipping Options Canada from Switzerland include air express and deferred air shipping.

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Common Canadian Import Fees for Shipments from Switzerland

Common import fees for consignments shipped via air to Canada can include duty, taxes and import fees.

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Duty and taxes in Canada for shipments from Switzerland

Parcels imported from Switzerland to Canada are subject to Canadian duty and taxes.   Most parcels valued under $20 CAD can be imported free of duty and taxes. Parcels valued under $3,300 CAD from Switzerland can be imported via Canadian customs low value shipment / LVS express clearance processes.    


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Swiss origin goods shipped FROM Switzerland TO Canada

The value for duty amount for all of Canada's free trade agreements (including EFTA-Canada FTA) for which the proof of origin / certificate of origin is waived is $3,300 CAD.

For imports not exceeding $3,300 to Canada, the requirement for proof of origin is waived. The requirement on the importer to maintain records (for example, commercial invoice and B3) applies even if the CBSA does not require a certification of origin or if a requirement for a certification of origin has been waived.


Canadian Customs Online Portal for Canadian Importers 

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Assessment and Revenue Management (CARM) online portal streamlines the process of importing commercial goods to Canada.

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Shipping personal effects To Switzerland from Canada:

For Personal effects to Switzerland For personal effects, all the goods have to be mentioned on the invoice in detail with the individual values along with a written confirmation from consignee, that the goods are used and are older than 6 months. Items must be used.

Shipping of excess baggage to Switzerland: Generally, it is simpler and easier to ship your personal effects as excess baggage when you travel. Carrier excess baggage fees for a couple of bags is most often less expensive than shipping separately without having to manage the entry requirements (discussed above).

Shipping a box or several boxes: Jet Worldwide provides solutions shipping of international personal effects Switzerland from Canada via economy air. Get a shipping quote international from Canada via Jet.

Shipping a household/ container level: For shipping a full household, it is best to contact a moving specialists to arrange for packing and ocean transport.


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Shipping from Switzerland to the USA

Companies and online sellers can benefit from shipping their orders direct to the USA - and via Canada.  Read more about section 321 processes and contact our team for assistance in direct shipping and logistics support to the USA.

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Get a Shipping Quote between Switzerland and Canada

Jet Worldwide makes it easy for companies seeking for spot quotes for economy air shipping between Canada and Switzerland

The information required for a quote includes:

  • Your company name and contact details
  • Ship from Address
  • Ship To Address
  • Weight and dimensions of each piece
  • Item(s) being sent
  • Value

Click Here to Request a Quote and Information

If you are seeking pricing for regular shipping volumes, helpful details include actual and projected volume of shipments, item(s) commonly shipped, common shipment weight and dimensions, origin of shipments  and and common destinations.


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Reminder: The information in this post is for general information only.  The content on this posting is provided “as is”; no representations are made that the content is error-free.

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Written by Timothy Byrnes