Protective measures for imports from the EU

Switzerland does not impose protective measures on trade with the EU in animals and goods. In the interests of animal health, however, both the EU and Switzerland may impose restrictions that override the normal regulations.


Regulations of the FSVO regarding African swine fever (ASF)

Import from countries where African swine fever is present: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Italy (Sardinia) and Romania

Travellers to or from ASF-affected areas, especially livestock farmers, seasonal farm workers and long-distance drivers, must observe the follow-ing instructions:

  • Do not bring in food (meat or sausages) from affected areas.
  • The feeding of kitchen waste to domestic and wild pigs is prohibited.
  • Dispose of general food waste in closed containers.
  • Follow strict hygiene measures when hunting in ASF countries (cleaning of hunting clothes and equipment). Do not bring in hunting trophies.
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Switzerland does not normally impose protective measures on trade with the EU in animals and goods. Bilateral agreements are in place under which the competent authorities in the Member State of origin must ensure that goods sent to Switzerland are subject to the same safety standards as those traded within the Community. In particular, animals or "potentially dangerous" products of animal origin must not originate from an infected area.

Protective measures governing the import of animals and products of animal origin from the EU  

The veterinary authority of the respective Member State provides information on whether the destination is subject to animal health restrictions. These also apply to the temporary export of animals, e.g. to summer grazing pastures in a neighbouring country. Exporters who fail to observe these restrictions risk not being able to remove their animals (or goods) from the area at a later date. This also applies to their return to Switzerland, irrespective of "normal import conditions".

If outbreaks of highly contagious animal diseases in Member States exceed a certain risk potential, the FSVO introduces its own "protective ordinances":

Bulgaria – Regulation of the FSVO regarding avian influenza

Italy - Ordonnance de l'OSAV concernant le petit coléoptère des ruches

Importation de ruminants, de sperme et d'embryons provenant de zones soumises à restrictions en conséquence de la fièvre catarrhale ovine (Bluetongue)

Bulgarie, Croatie, Lettonie, Roumanie - Ordonnance de l'OSAV concernant la peste porcine classique (PPC)

Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece - Regulation of the FSVO regarding Lumpy skin disease

Norvège, Suède, Finlande - Ordonance de l'OSAV concernant la maladie du dépérissement chronique (Chronic wasting disease)

Roumanie - Ordonnance de l’OSAV concernant l’anémie infectieuse équine

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Last modification 09.05.2018

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