The brand NICO in Switzerland

Switzerland and fireworks

For many years, NICO products have been available on the Swiss market, and the NICO trademark has acquired a good reputation.

The legal minimum age for the purchase of fireworks is 12 years for the F1 category, 16 years for the F2 category, and 18 years for the F3 category. For the F4 category meanwhile a certificate of competence is required.

In Switzerland, there is very high demand in terms of quality. A seperate approval is neccessary for the offered firework items. Switzerland operates an intense market surveillance, in which products are inspected for their capability to fulfill the requirements of conformity for the approval.

NICO Europe has a broad range of products which was exclusively developed for the Swiss market and approved by the Swiss authorities. The products have to be equipped with the approval number as well as the instructions for use in the three official languages German, French and Italian. The NICO quality assurance system is indispensable in order to meet the high quality requirements.

Topseller Switzerland

Nico Europe Schweiz Katalog 2020

The current Switzerland catalogue

The Swiss market is important to us, which is why we regularly produce a comprehensive catalog especially tailored for the swiss market.

Swiss National Holiday

The national holiday of the Swiss Confederation was celebrated for the first time on the 1st of August in 1891 and was repeated annually throughout Switzerland from 1899. It is a public holiday in Switzerland, but until 1993 it was either a normal working day, a half-day or a full day of public rest, depending on the canton. However, 1st of August as the date of the Rütlischwurs is not historically proven (the historian Aegidius Tschudi, in his Swiss Chronicle written in the mid-16th century, set the date of the Rütlischwurs on the “Wednesday before Martini” in 1307, i.e. November 8, 1307). It was not until the end of the 19th century that the 1st of August became the “birthday” of Switzerland.

Many people decorate their homes with Swiss, cantonal and municipal flags. The flagging of public buildings, streets and squares is required by law in most places.

In the communities, celebrations are held in the afternoon or evening, with each locality maintaining its own traditions. Prayers for the people and the fatherland, the singing of the national anthem (Swiss psalm) and the ringing of bells are usually included. In some places, traditional costumes are worn. Often a public figure gives a speech and the local music society performs.

At nightfall, children light their lanterns and private or public fireworks are set off everywhere. On many mountain tops and heights, meter-high bonfires burn.

Swiss volcanoes

Swiss volcanoes are absolutely unique in their quality and enjoy a high reputation among all fireworks enthusiasts. Of course, we also carry a whole range of selected original swiss volcanoes. Here is something for everyone!

FAQ

Advertising of fireworks in advertisements, brochures, catalogs and on the Internet is permitted, provided that the suppliers
  • have a valid sales permit from the canton in which they have a place of business, and
  • have a written delivery permit from the cantons in which they deliver their products to end consumers.
The information provided does not claim to be accurate or complete.

No, there is no maximum import quantity. However, your maximum available storage capacity must be taken into account.

Anyone wishing to import pyrotechnic articles into Switzerland generally requires an import permit from the Central Office for Explosives and Pyrotechnics (processing fees of at least CHF 80.00 are charged for this).

The applicant must be the holder of a cantonal sales permit for pyrotechnic articles. A copy of this must be enclosed with the application for the import permit (exception: categories 1 and P3). Furthermore, the warehouse must be approved by the safety police and the Association of Cantonal Fire Insurers (VKF). Additional regulations apply to category F4.

The information provided does not claim to be correct or complete.

For further information you can also contact our general agent in Switzerland:

Commercial agency Katharina Jahnke

Phone:     +49 202 28139 46
Fax:          0171 3300315
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Anyone who trades in fireworks or offers them for sale requires a permit from the canton in which the seller has his place of business. Furthermore, both the safety police and the Association of Cantonal Fire Insurers (VKF) must agree.

If a seller also supplies end users in other cantons, he requires a written delivery permit from each individual canton.

A permit to sell can be issued to persons residing in Switzerland or to a company registered in the commercial register there.

A permit for retail sale is only valid in the canton that issued it (Art.10, para. 3 SprstG).

The information provided does not claim to be correct or complete.

For further information you can also contact our general agent in Switzerland:

Commercial agency Katharina Jahnke

Phone:     +49 202 28139 46
Fax:          0171 3300315
Send message

Fireworks popping on the ground of the categories F1, F2 and F3 with the exception of the Lady Crackers may not be provided or brought into circulation on the Swiss market. In principle, only fireworks approved in Switzerland (category F1 – F3) may be imported. Fireworks of the category F4 must have a CE approval.

The information provided does not claim to be correct or complete.

For further information you can also contact our general agent in Switzerland:

Commercial agency Katharina Jahnke

Phone:     +49 202 28139 46
Fax:          0171 3300315
Send message

 

The CH identification number for pyrotechnic articles for amusement purposes (fireworks) of categories F1 – F3 in Switzerland is composed as follows:

Further sources of information:

Federal Office of Police fedpol – Central Office for Explosives and Pyrotechnics https://www.fedpol.admin.ch/fedpol/de/home/sicherheit/sprengstoff_pyrotechnik.html

Swiss Coordination Office for Fireworks
http://www.feuerwerk-skf.ch/index.html#

The information provided does not claim to be correct or complete.

For further information you can also contact our general agent in Switzerland:

Commercial agency Katharina Jahnke

Phone:     +49 202 28139 46
Fax:          0171 3300315
Send message

 

Based on the designation category, the seller or the user can determine to which category the firework belongs.
The identification number is assigned by the Central Office for Explosives and Pyrotechnics (ZSP) at the Federal Office of Police.

I = Category F1 Fireworks that pose a very low hazard.
II = Category F2 fireworks that pose a low hazard.
III = Category F3 fireworks that pose a medium hazard.

The information provided does not claim to be correct or complete.

Approved fireworks can be recognized by the approval number e.g. CH-16-V01-III-0000.00 on the packaging.