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Freight transport from Spain to Switzerland: details and special features

Freight transport from Spain to Switzerland

Transporting goods from Spain to Switzerland presents several challenges for which not all transport companies are prepared. Although located in the centre of the European continent and part of the Schengen area, Switzerland is not a member state of the European Union. This means Alpine participates in the European Single Market through bilateral agreements with the EU but not necessarily with the exact requirements in all cases, which considerably complicates the logistical process.

Customs and regulatory challenges in the Spain-Switzerland transport sector

One of the biggest challenges faced by hauliers travelling between European countries and Switzerland is double customs clearance, as when sending goods to Switzerland, it is necessary to clear customs for export in Spain and import in Switzerland. This process is complex and slow and can cause significant delays. Carriers must prepare and submit all relevant documentation and pay duties and taxes for the entry of goods into Switzerland. This contrasts sharply with transport within the European Union, where these additional formalities are not required, thus saving time and reducing costs, such as administrative costs.

In addition, the Swiss authorities are highly rigorous in controlling the weights and dimensions of trucks. For example, the maximum authorised weight for a lorry in Switzerland is 40 tonnes. If a car arrives with 40,020 kilograms, it will not be allowed to enter the country. The same applies to the height of trucks, where the maximum permitted dimension is four metres. Again, an excess of even one centimetre can result in a refusal of entry, leading to costly delays and logistical problems.

Additional costs and requirements for international intermodal transport with Switzerland

Another factor deters many hauliers from operating in Switzerland is the high costs per kilometre driven. For Euro 6-compliant trucks, this amounts to 2.28 Swiss franc cents (CHF) per tonne-kilometre. These additional costs, coupled with possible delays and rigid weight and height controls, make the operation in Switzerland considerably more expensive and complicated than other European destinations. This is why we at Sacytrans effectively manage the additional costs per kilometre travelled, optimising our routes and ensuring our customers receive a high-quality service without unnecessary cost overruns.

Sacytrans: decades of experience in freight transport in Europe

Among the services and routes offered by Sacytrans, it has managed to stand out as a specialist in international transport to Switzerland. Our experience and detailed knowledge of Swiss regulations and requirements allow us to provide all the information on administrative procedures and guarantee the arrival of the goods with all the guarantees, without setbacks and on time.

We also effectively manage the additional costs per kilometre travelled, optimising our routes and ensuring our customers receive a high-quality service without unnecessary expenses.

In addition, Sacytrans stands out for its low accident rate, which has made it a trusted carrier for many international clients who choose it as their logistics provider in Spain. It also offers efficient intermodal logistics solutions for the transport of steel coils or palletised goods, among other types, combining experience, infrastructure, and an intermodal approach.


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