Horses – Permanent exportation

If it is intended for a horse to remain abroad permanently, an export customs declaration must be made. Moreover, the following documents have to be presented:

  • Commercial invoice or contract of sale
  • Equine passport

No duties are levied upon exportation.

We recommend enquiring about the customs formalities (procedure, costs, etc.) in the destination country and any transit countries prior to the time of exportation from Switzerland; follow this link: WCO.

Information on temporary exportation is available at the following link: Horses - Temporary exportation.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO.

Once you have found all the necessary information, you...

  • can declare the horse electronically with the appropriate application; or
  • have it declared by a customs clearance agency/freight forwarder.

Our opening hours and addresses

Please note the customs office opening hours for the declaration (customs clearance) of merchandise. Declarations can be made from Monday to Friday during clearance hours; some customs offices are also open on Saturday mornings.

The detailed opening hours are available in the list of customs offices.