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 2017, exports more than quintupled, increasing from CHF 45 billion to CHF 221 billion, while imports tripled, rising from CHF 54 billion to CHF 186 billion, according to the Analysis of Swiss Foreign Trade in 2017 performed by the Federal Customs Administration (FCA). The surplus trade balance was thus at CHF 35 billion in 2017.

Trade balance
Source: FCA, Analysis of Swiss Foreign Trade in 2017 (next publication: 2019)

With regard to exports, Germany is Switzerland's primary trading partner, followed by the United States, France and Italy, according to the FCA. Asia and South America are becoming increasingly important. These regions are carried particularly by the rise of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

Source: FCA, Exports by Economic Zone and Country of Destination, 2017 (next publication 2019)

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

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Last modification 01.11.2018

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