Customs, Trade & Export Control
Key to our effective and efficient flow of goods
All transactions, regardless if they are crossing borders or transferred within the same country, may be subject to national and international customs, trade and/or export control regulations.
As doing foreign trade business is a privilege, Roche is committed to complying with all customs, trade and export control regulations, taking into consideration potential conflicting regulations among the countries in which we operate. The failure to do so can result in civil and criminal liability and loss of export privileges.
Customs and Trade
Roche operates around the globe and processes daily imports, exports and transits of a variety of goods. As goods shall timely pass customs clearance all shipments of goods have to be prepared by a logistics department, following expert guidance to ensure adherence to national and international regulations.
Customs law is applicable regardless of quantity, type of material or mode of transportation. The customs authorities not only review adherence to customs law but perform other tasks at the border for local authorities in charge of, e.g. veterinary, agricultural, medicinal, regulatory, fiscal and intellectual property regulations. This also applies to goods provided free of charge.
All Roche employees engaged in foreign trade activities must refrain from transactions recognised as not being permissible by the national or international export control regulations or the internal directive known as the Roche Standard Export Control.
Before engaging with new business partners, employees must ensure that there is no respective entry on any national or international sanctioned party lists. Before processing an export of commercial or non-commercial commodities, software or technology, physically or electronically, within or outside Roche, employees must ensure that the item is not controlled and does not require an export/re-export licence from the authorities. Some destinations are subject to comprehensive foreign trade controls, also known as embargo or sanctions, and require additional control prior to proceeding.