Foreign trade

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Useful information and links for SMEs concerning foreign trade: federal customs administration and formalities for import-export, opening an establishment or a subsidiary abroad, risk control.

Information about importing goods from abroad

How to import merchandise from abroad

Importing SMEs are required to declare all goods crossing the Swiss border to the Swiss Customs Administration (FCA).

Information about exporting goods from Switzerland

Exporting from Switzerland: customs declarations and other formalities

Swiss SMEs exporting products overseas need to consider a certain number of formalities, including a mandatory export declaration.

Advice on choosing a partner country to do business with

How to choose your partner country

For an SME, foreign trade can represent an extraordinary growth opportunity. But the partner country must be chosen with care.

Advice on establishing a branch abroad

Why establish a subsidiary overseas?

Setting up a subsidiary overseas can prove decisive in establishing a company on a new market. However, this is a process that requires significant planning.

Presentation of Switzerland Global Enterprise, the centre of competence for the promotion of foreign trade in Switzerland

Switzerland Global Enterprise – support for company export activities

Switzerland Global Enterprise, the center of competence for the promotion of foreign trade in Switzerland, offers various programs supporting SMEs.

Advice on protecting oneself from import-export risks

Protection against import-export risks

Swiss SMEs working in the import-export sector are exposed to multiple risks, but protection is available. Here is some advice.

Last modification 27.09.2019

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