Export conditions vary depending on what is being exported. As a basic principle, the import conditions of the country of destination apply.

Container esportazione


Swiss meat processing firms obtain licence to export to China

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin met Vice Minister Zhang Jiwen from China’s General Administration of Customs during a working visit to Bern on 14 June. The meeting focused on exports of Swiss pork products to China and the deepening of technical cooperation.

During his visit Vice Minister Zhang Jiwen announced the registration of five Swiss meat processing firms. Registration is a prerequisite for exporting pork products, popular delicacies in China.



When exporting animals, foods of non-animal or animal origin, animal products such as animal semen, ova and embryos, animal by-products and consumer items, the import conditions of the relevant country of destination apply. The issuing of any certificates required (health and export certificates) is the responsibility of the authorities designated by the Canton.
When exporting foods of non-animal origin, consumer items, animals, foods of animal origin, animal products such as animal semen, ova and embryos, animal by-products, or plants and plant products, there are often additional rules to consider, especially species conservation (CITES) or Customs regulations.

The statutory basis can be found under “Legislation”.

For exports of animals or animal products, a distinction is made - based on the Swiss/EU bilateral veterinary agreement - between export to an EU Member State or Norway and export to a third country. For trade in animals and animal products between the EU and Switzerland, the TRACES system should be used.

An overview of the different conditions is given by the flowchart of the export process. (see “More information” > In detail)

More information

Last modification 14.06.2019

Top of page