ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Oct 2010In October 2010, the Swiss government announced a change in import formalities.
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Since October 2010, the majority of the Swiss cantons have introduced a deposit or risk security for firms entering Switzerland. Firms with sales over 20.000 CHF per year are demanded to pay a deposit of 20.000 CHF to the local 'Paritätische Kommission", an umbrella organization for the whole sector.
Since 2010, 22 out of 26 cantons have already implemented this regulation. Even if there are exceptions for one-man-businesses, this measure represents an additional burden for new firms to enter the Swiss market for a wide range of construction services, especially for SMEs with relatively low cash reserves. This will potentially affect firms in neighboring countries with a primary focus outside of Switzerland but still providing some services there from time to time.
Affected services are: Roof constructions, staging, isolation work, plaster work, electrical installations, gardening services, metal processing, tiling as well as the inlay of floors.