The Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS) is waiving the requirement for a motorway charge sticker for all vehicles transporting Ukrainian refugees or aid for Ukraine. In addition, a simplified customs declaration procedure has been set up for anyone wishing to send aid to Ukraine. Moreover, aid transports can be exempted from the performance-related heavy vehicle charge (HVC). The FOCBS is making use of the exemptions on humanitarian grounds provided for in the relevant legislation.
Waiver of motorway charge sticker requirement
In accordance with Article 4 paragraph 2 of the Vignette Act (VignettA), the FOCBS is waiving the requirement for a motorway charge sticker for all vehicles transporting Ukrainian refugees or aid for Ukraine. This measure is effective immediately and will initially be in force until 30 november 2022. For further information, see Motorway charge sticker.
Many private individuals, companies and associations want to provide aid in support of Ukrainian refugees. We recommend that they contact recognised aid organisations in Switzerland, which can send humanitarian aid abroad without taxes or duties.
However, if you wish to take aid abroad yourself, or to organise delivery yourself, please note the following points:
1. Export by private individuals
If you wish to export aid (e.g. textiles, food, toys, etc.) yourself, you do not need to declare them to Swiss Customs when leaving Switzerland. You should, however, inform yourself in advance about the relevant regulations of the customs authorities in Switzerland's direct neighbours (Germany, Austria, Italy, France). The contact details are given below.
If you wish to export aid using a lorry: The FOCBS can exempt private aid transports from the performance-related heavy vehicle charge (HVC). A corresponding application should be submitted in advance to the FOCBS, either in writing or by email to:
Federal Office for Customs and Border Security FOCBS
Further information/contacts relating to the HVC: www.lsva.ch
2. Export by courier, freight forwarding company, etc.
If you are having the aid delivered by a transport company, freight forwarder, etc., the aid supplies must be declared to Swiss Customs via a simplified customs declaration procedure upon export. You should, however, inform yourself in advance about the relevant regulations of the customs authorities in Switzerland's direct neighbours (Germany, Austria, Italy, France). The contact details are given below.
In accordance with the applicable regulations (R-10-10 section 1.2.3/R-25-02 sections 2.4.3 and 2.4.4), humanitarian aid can be exported using a simplified customs declaration procedure. This applies for:
- Relief agencies
- Temporarily also for private or public aid programmes wishing to export aid.
However, the simplified procedure does not apply to
- Deliveries for commercial purposes.
- Goods subject to non-customs legislative instruments or goods subject to a licence requirement.
- Deliveries of new or used goods that are deemed to be capital goods (e.g. vehicles, machines, etc.)
Please use this specimen form for the simplified customs declaration:
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