Implementation in the SME sector is often not given sufficient attention to free trade agreements and the origin statements of exporting firms. To determine the country of origin, it is necessary to coordinate the management of the company, the export department, procurement, quality assurance, logistics and finance. For example, if the purchasing service changes supplier due to lower prices (old countries of origin, Switzerland, new countries of origin, China and the third country), the export department must also be informed, as this could change the country of origin. Changes in prices and production or fluctuations in exchange rates may also affect the valuation of the country of origin. If the calculations are not checked regularly and thus give false information, this can lead to retroactive payment of customs duties and significant fines against companies. The ongoing implementation of these agreements obliges Switzerland to adopt relevant EU legislation in the covered sectors. Industrial products originating in the territory of both parties may be traded duty-free on the basis of the free trade agreement. In addition, the agreement prohibits restrictions on the volume of traded products (quotas) as well as measures with equivalent effects (for example. B, discriminatory sales agreements). The free trade agreement is one of the main pillars of Swiss-EU trade relations. In 2018, around 52% of Swiss exports were exported to the EU and 70% of all Swiss imports from the EU.
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. Updated page to provide detailed instructions on trade with Switzerland from 1 January 2021. These include information on import duties and rules of origin. You must ensure that the work or transformation you are doing in the UK goes beyond the minimum operations mentioned in the agreement and that the other relevant conditions are met. You can continue to use EU materials or processing in your exports to Switzerland. The United Kingdom and Switzerland must have met the requirements of the origin protocol. They must also ensure that the work or transformation carried out in the United Kingdom goes beyond the minimum operations set out in the agreement and that the other relevant conditions are met. The United Kingdom has signed a transport agreement with Switzerland.
The agreement guarantees that UK carriers will be able to continue to operate in Switzerland with a EU licence as soon as the agreement comes into force. In addition, the mutual recognition agreement continues to remove barriers to trade. In most product sectors, technical rules are harmonised, ensuring that there is no compliance assessment in the EU or Switzerland. In summary, this so-called “bilateral” approach works well for both parties and in particular allows for a fluid trade relationship. These relationships can be problematic. Switzerland and the EU are currently working on issues related to cross-border services and wage protection (the so-called eight-day rule). 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. This one-sided approach opens up exceptions and allows for individual solutions in areas of vital interest to Switzerland.