Transboundary movements of waste (valid for the Principality of Liechtenstein and Switzerland)

The transboundary movement of waste is regulated in the Basel Convention and in the OECD Council Decision. As Switzerland has ratified the Basel Convention and is a member of the OECD, the relevant provisions are also valid for Switzerland.

This information brochure is directed at exporters and importers of waste and it describes the international and domestic regulations relating to transboundary shipments. Vague legal concepts are clarified and, in particular, the necessary conditions and procedures for obtaining an export authorisation and import consent are explained.

Transboundary movement of waste


FOEN Information brochure for applicants. 2017

Under what conditions can used consumer items be exported as goods?

Used objects or appliances are not considered waste if they are still in working order, adequately packed and are used for their original purpose. Such objects or appliances may be exported as goods, providing the necessary customs formalities are observed if they do not contain any banned substances.

Further information

Last modification 15.03.2018

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