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Information on border veterinary controls (at the entry to Switzerland) can be found on this page (for more details concerning the latter see at the corresponding chapter left on this page).
Many animal species and animal products have to be checked by the border veterinary service when they are brought into the country. The range of consignments that have to be inspected is laid down in the ordinance on the import, transit and export of animals and animal products (EDAV) and relates to all animal species and animal products, [which are listed in the corresponding sections]. Certain pets and animal products for personal use are exempted from inspections and are explicitly listed in the respective sections. The obligation to check commercial imports is also laid down in the form of a relevant note (GTU) in the customs tariff, which can be accessed online at http://www.tares.ch/.
Depending on the point of origin of imported goods different procedures are applicable.
The control of consignments from third countries imported through the airports Geneva and Zurich is only possible during the hours of clearance of the border inspection posts, details on the right under contacts "List of swiss border inspection posts".
Consignments arriving outside of the hours of clearance, will be controled only the following day. The importer is responsible in taking care of the choice of the transport route or the entry post in such a way that animal welfare legislation is respected.
|Please note that many animals and animal products are also subject to checks under species conservation law when they are imported. The required checks are carried out in addition to the border veterinary checks. If both types of inspection are necessary, however, the inspection fee is only charged once. For details see:|
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