The U.S. Department of State reports that although it has few natural resources, Switzerland is one of the world's most advanced and prosperous nations. Per capita income is among the highest in the world, as are wages. Trade has been the key to prosperity in Switzerland. The country is dependent upon export markets to generate income while dependent upon imports for raw materials and to expand the range of goods and services available in the country. Switzerland has liberal investment and trade policies, with the exception of agriculture, and a conservative fiscal policy.
Export and Import Facts
- Switzerland’s merchandise export volume in 2007 was US$172.6 billion
- Major exports include food, beverages and tobacco, metal and chemical industries, precision instruments, watches, machinery and electronics and clothing
- Merchandise import volume for 2007 was US$164.8 billion
- Imports concentrated in consumer goods, equipment, energy and raw materials
Export/ Import Resources
The Federal Department of Economic Affairs prepared this introductory information regarding Switzerland's free trade agreements. The information is available in English, German, French and Italian.
Here, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs provides a brief introduction to Swiss export controls. The information is available in English, German, French and Italian.
The Swiss Federal Customs Administration has developed some English-language information for companies involved in foreign commerce. Topics covered include Customs procedures, temporary imports and exports, Customs clearance, Customs tariffs, and remission of Customs duties.
Swiss's bilateral chambers of commerce offer networking opportunities that may help you establish new relationships with importers in Switzerland. The following resources may help you explore opportunities that are open to you in this prosperous market.
African Chambers of Commerce
Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce
- Countries included: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Swiss-Asian Chamber of Commerce
Swiss-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Swiss Thai Chamber of Commerce
Swiss Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce
European Chambers of Commerce
- British Swiss Chamber of Commerce
- Bulgarian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce
Countries included: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-Central Europe
- Swiss-Greek Chamber of Economics
- International Chamber of Commerce Switzerland
- Swiss Baltic Chamber of Commerce—Latvia and Lithuania
- Swiss-Maltese Chamber of Commerce
- Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-Romania
- Swedish Swiss Chamber of Commerce
- Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Turkey
- Swiss Ukrainian Business Chamber