Figures on SMEs: Exports

To what regions does Swiss industry export and how is the trade balance of the country changing? Here is a presentation of detailed figures.

Exports play a major role in the Swiss economy. Between 1980 and 2022, exports increased almost six-fold from CHF 45 billion to CHF 278 billion, while imports quadrupled, rising from CHF 54 billion to CHF 235 billion, according to the Analysis of Swiss Foreign Trade in 2022 performed by the Federal Office of Customs and Border Security (FOCBS). The surplus trade balance stood at CHF 49 billion in 2022.

Source: FOCBS, External Trade Analysis of Switzerland in 2022

The United States currently accounts for 18% of exports, compared to Germany's 16%. Italy was the third most important destination market in 2022 with 7% of exports, according to the FOCBS.

Swiss exports
Source: FCA, Exports by Economic Zone and Country of Destination, 2020 (next publication 2022)

Switzerland exports, first and foremost, chemical products, precision instruments, timekeeping products, machines and electronics.


Last modification 18.12.2023

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