Freight forwarding Switzerland - transit times, prices and particularities
Many of our new customers are surprised how simple and easy the transport of goods to and from Switzerland can be. Cargoboard will gladly take care of all the formalities for you and will support you when you need to take action yourself. The transport to Switzerland can be just as simple as any other shipment subject to customs duties.
Exports only need to be declared to customs if the invoice value is over 1,000€ or the weight of the shipment is over 1,000 kg.
You will need an EORI number, which you apply for at customs. This process is usually very quick and just the application for an EORI number is enough to complete the booking process with Cargoboard.
After booking, we will gladly provide you with a sample commercial invoice suitable for customs and take care of the export declaration as well as any further communication with customs.
We ship many packages to customers all over Europe and Switzerland every day. Cargoboard makes the process much easier. The processing is fast and uncomplicated. Professional help is provided for any questions and issues. We are looking forward to further cooperation.Lara B. 12. Dez. 2022
Transit times to and from Switzerland
The transit times for your transport are variable due to the distance between the pickup and delivery locations. In the following overview you can find the standard transit times for the connection Germany - Switzerland.
View transit times for pan-European transports on our booking platform after entering your destinations
|Standard delivery||Premium delivery|
|2-4 business days||1-3 business days|
With premium delivery, the fastest possible delivery date is selected by default. Alternatively, a later delivery date can be selected during the offer configuration.
Premium delivery for pan-European shipments
If you want a fixed delivery date for a pan-European shipment, it is the last day of the specified regular transit time for the premium delivery option.
Premium delivery for groupage freight
If you request a fixed delivery date, we will store your shipments for up to 3 business days free of charge. These are counted from the last business day of the earliest possible term. For each additional business day, we will charge 5€ per pallet space and business day.
Prices for transports to Switzerland
The cost of your transport is highly variable due to several factors. With the help of our freight cost calculator you can easily view the prices in real time.
Particularities for shipments to Switzerland
Switzerland is geographically located in the center of the EU, but is not part of it and therefore a third country. This means that your goods must be customs cleared in order to ship to Switzerland and you must submit an export declaration to your local customs office.
If you only ship to Switzerland occasionally, the customs issue seems too complex or you would like to concentrate on your core business, we can take care of the export declaration for you.
On our customs page you can read all relevant information about customs clearance and then check the completeness of your documents with the following checklist.
Checklist for your shipment to Switzerland
- Complete delivery note / packing list
- Correctly filled in export documents
- Commercial invoice (in triplicate - signed in original)
- EORI number
- Customs tariff number
- Origin of the goods (declaration of origin, if necessary)
- Delivery term (Cargoboard delivers DAP only)
Switzerland as an economic area
The health and social care sector employs the largest number of people in Switzerland. A comparable number is employed in the automotive and construction industries. The country's economy is thus concentrated in the tertiary sector, followed by the industry.
At just 2.4%, agriculture has the lowest proportion of employees and continues to decline. Switzerland is generally considered one of the most stable and productive economies and has a low unemployment rate of 3%.
The traffic infrastructure of Switzerland
Switzerland is centrally located in Europe and has excellent transport links. Switzerland's highway network is one of the densest in the world. The highways are the main axes of international traffic. Of particular importance in Europe is the north-south connection through the Gotthard Road Tunnel.
The transport network in Switzerland is attractive for the transportation of goods and ensures reliable forwarding services. It should be noted, however, that trucks in Switzerland have to pay a performance-based heavy vehicle fee (LSVA). This depends on the height, weight and emission category of the vehicles. In addition, trucks in Switzerland are banned from driving at night and on Sundays.