Export of Foods

Foods can be exported under certain conditions both to the EU and to third countries. Irrespective of the country of destination, additional export regulations apply to foods derived from protected animal species.

Foods produced in Switzerland must meet the requirements of Swiss food legislation. Export products may deviate from Swiss food legislation - provided the country of destination requires or permits this.

The country of destination may require the exporting establishment to be registered. Lists of establishments approved for exports are usually available on the website of the relevant foreign authority.

Questions regarding exports should be addressed to the cantonal enforcement authorities (see "More information").

Export of foods of non-animal origin

The export conditions for foods of non-animal origin do not differ depending on the destination (EU or third country).

Export certificates are necessary if required by the country of destination or the recipient in the country of destination. Export certificates are issued by the competent cantonal food inspection authorities.

Export of foods of animal origin

The export conditions for foods of animal origin differ depending on the destination (EU or third country), and depending on the species conservation regulations.

Export of foods of animal origin to the EU

Anyone wishing to export foods of animal origin to the EU must carry a commercial document. In addition, the goods to be exported must come from approved establishments.

As from 29 November 2009, the additional document with BSE guarantees required by France can be signed by the establishment’s competent person. This document is required for all products derived from cattle, sheep and goats – even if the products contain only substances such as gelatin or fats.

Export of foods of animal origin to third countries

Establishments exporting foods of animal origin to third countries must be approved for export if this is required by the country of destination. Third countries often make the lists of approved establishments available on the website of the competent authority. The approval of establishments is the responsibility of the authority designated by the relevant Canton (see "More information").

Exports of foods of animal origin to third countries require - depending on the country - a health certificate from the competent cantonal enforcement authorities. Parties interested in exporting should contact the cantonal enforcement authority (see “More information").

The list of validated health certificates and additional certificates can be found below.

Export of foods derived from protected animal species (CITES)

In addition, and irrespective of the country of destination (EU or third country), exports of foods derived from protected animal species (e.g. caviar, caviar extracts and fillets from protected species of sturgeon) require an export permit from the FSVO.

To this end, an original export application signed by the applicant must be submitted to the FSVO. Export applications for caviar and caviar extract must be accompanied by stock monitoring documentation (see "CITES" under "More information").

The issuing of export certificates for foods made from animal parts or products derived from protected animal species (CITES) is the responsibility of the FSVO.  

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Last modification 15.11.2017

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