Last update: December 2011
Privileges of diplomatic missions in Bern
Extent of tax exemption
All items destined for official use in diplomatic missions in Bern, including the residence of the head of mission, which are limited in number and quantity to what is required exclusively for the use of the mission, may be imported free of import duties.
The ownership of items admitted tax-free may not be transferred for a period of three years from the date of their customs clearance without the prior payment of applicable import duties thereon. In circumstances where such transfer is justifiable, the Directorate General of Customs has the discretion to grant reductions in the amounts payable.
The above criteria apply equally to motorcycles, lightweight motorcycles and mopeds
However, for information on the extent of the tax exemption relating to the importation of other motor vehicles and the procuring of tax-free fuel, please consult the Information Notices relating thereto in the “Customs Privileges” section.
Consignments must be addressed to and destined for diplomatic missions or one of their special services (chancery, consular section, commercial services, cultural affairs section, etc.).
Consignments entering Switzerland by rail, road, air, post or by courier or exiting a Swiss open customs warehouse, a Swiss warehouse for bulk goods, or a Swiss duty-free warehouse
Simplified procedure for consignments of printed matter
Detailed information on the formalities relating to consignments of printed matter is set out in Articles 3 and 5 of the Ordinance on the Customs Privileges of Diplomatic Missions in Bern and Consular Posts in Switzerland of 23 August 1989 (SR 631.144.0).