If you expect goods to be in transit when EU-Swiss trade agreements are no longer in force, you can obtain a retrospective certificate of origin. This shows that the products are from the UK and can benefit from preferential conditions when your products arrive within 12 months or within 12 months of the date of the UK-Switzerland trade agreements. Switzerland`s trade policy refers to Switzerland`s approach to importing and exporting with other countries. The United Kingdom has signed a trade agreement with Switzerland. The ongoing implementation of these agreements obliges Switzerland to adopt relevant EU legislation in the covered sectors. An updated overview of the Swiss free trade agreements network can be found in the www.seco.admin.ch section. Benefits of agreements In 2013, 22.6% of Switzerland`s total exports will be concluded with free trade partners, with the exception of the free trade agreement with the EU. This represents 51% of Swiss exports to markets outside the EU. In particular, free trade agreements promote the growth, added value and competitiveness of Switzerland`s economic site. Switzerland`s economic and trade relations with the EU are mainly governed by a series of bilateral agreements in which Switzerland has agreed to adopt certain aspects of EU legislation in exchange for access to part of the EU internal market. These bilateral agreements between the EU and Switzerland are currently managed by some 20 joint committees. In addition to the EFTA agreement and the free trade agreement with the European Union, Switzerland currently has a network of 30 free trade agreements with 40 partners outside the EU and new agreements are being negotiated.
Switzerland has many free trade agreements, including rules for the protection of intellectual property. Most (but not all) Swiss free trade agreements contain such a rule. This means that the determination of the country of origin of primary materials from a third country is not taken into account, provided that their value does not exceed 10% of the factory starting price. However, if a percentage rule is established in the list, it cannot be exceeded by the application of the general value tolerance. This is why this tolerance is particularly important for products for which the list provides for a jump in position. The general value tolerance cannot apply to products listed in Chapters 50 to 63 of the harmonized system, nor does it apply to products that have received only minimal processing in Switzerland. In 2004, a series of sectoral agreements (known as “bilateral II”) were signed, including Switzerland`s participation in Schengen and Dublin, as well as agreements on the taxation of savings, processed agricultural products, statistics, anti-fraud, participation in the EU media programme and the Environment Agency. Switzerland concludes most of its free trade agreements under the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Outside the EFTA framework, Switzerland has free trade agreements with the EU, China and Japan. Free trade agreements are international treaties between two parties (countries or transnational groups) to ensure free trade.
Switzerland has been a member of the World Trade Organization since July 1995. Under the WTO, Switzerland has pledged to reduce tariffs and preserve open services markets. The WTO ensures that all Member States comply with the requirements imposed on them and that the requirements are properly implemented.