Free trade agreements, origin

Switzerland has concluded free trade agreements with numerous countries. All agreements are published exclusively on our website. Aside from an overview, this section additionally shows how the agreements can be applied.

Foreign trade statistics

We prepare, manage and publish the Swiss foreign trade statistics. In this section, you will find numerous tables and charts, and information on Swiss imports and exports. The data can be consulted by country, item and mode of transport, etc.

Schengen

As Switzerland is not a member of the EU Customs Union, we still have to check goods in tourist traffic at the border. The border guards combat smuggling and keep the volume of illicit goods entering the country to a bare minimum.

Taxes and fees

We levy taxes and duties on goods in cross-border traffic on behalf of Switzerland. These include customs duties, the heavy vehicle charge, value added tax, mineral oil tax, alcohol duty and tobacco duty. These taxes and duties account for around a third of all general government receipts.

Precious Metal Control

All that glitters is not gold. Consequently, our Central Office for Precious Metal Control is tasked with checking goods made from gold, silver and platinum. If you wish to buy a piece of jewellery abroad, you can find out in this section what you need to look out for.

Programs and Projects

We are constantly striving to simplify the cross-border movement of goods and adjust to international standards. Various projects are carried out for this purpose. This section contains information on ongoing projects.

Foreign assignments

We make a contribution to security at home and abroad with foreign assignments at the Schengen external borders. Examples include experts in peacekeeping missions and air marshals on board Swiss-registered aircraft.

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