Foreign trade


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.

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How to import merchandise from abroad

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 03.03.2020

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