A general import permit is required for the import of goods subject to storage. Goods subject to storage are: Sugar, rice for food purposes, edible oils/fats, coffee, hard and soft wheat as well as energy and protein sources for animal feed.



Import permit

From an import quantity of 20 kg, a permit is required for the following goods:

  • Sugar
  • Rice for human consumption
  • Edible oils and fats
  • Coffee
  • Grains intended for human consumption
  • Energy and protein sources for animal feed

In the electronic customs tariff – Tares, you will find the tariff numbers, customs rates and references to other charges (VAT, incentive taxes, tobacco tax, beer tax, mineral oil tax, etc.) as well as information on prohibitions, restrictions or authorisation requirements.


A general import permit (GIP) can be applied for online at réservesuisse Customer Portal.

Your personal or company registration

  1. Browse to – or click on the “user” icon at top right
  2. Click on “Registration” at the bottom of the “log on” screen
  3. Type in the requested information and click on “register” to confirm
  4. You will receive an e-mail confirming successful registration (please be sure to check your “spam” folder)
  5. Confirm your e-mail address by clicking on the link in this e-mail
  6. You can now access the Customer Portal and log in
  7. Add the required supplementary details to “my user profile”

Your access to the Customer Portal should now function.
(If you fail to gain access, please e-mail us, including exact details of any error message displayed

Application for a GIP (general import permit)

  1. Browse to permit
  2. Click on the [+] icon at top right
  3. Continue the application process. If you have corporate access, you will need to upload a copy of your company registration document (Handelsregisterauszug or equivalent)
  4. Repeat the procedure (point 2) for each product group
    (sugar, rice for human consumption, edible oils and fats, coffee, cereals for human consumption, energy and protein supplements for animal feed)
  5. You will immediately receive notification if the general import permit (GIP) from the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS) has been forwarded for further processing.

Please note that the GIP will not be active for customs clearance purposes until the FOCBS has processed it through its system. (This takes one, maximum two, working days).

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