Switzerland Trade Agreements With Eu

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. Free trade agreements have reduced the price of products for Swiss consumers and broadened the supply. At the same time, Swiss producers benefit from lower prices for half-products and raw materials. Indeed, there are a whole series of parallels between the negotiations between Switzerland and the UNITED Kingdom and the EU, although the British model of cooperation with the EU is based on a trade agreement, whereas the Swiss approach is a partial agreement on the internal market. In addition to trade in goods, the new agreements often address other aspects, including the protection of intellectual property rights, trade in services, investment, public procurement and technical regulations. These are so-called “second generation agreements.” 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. When it comes to foreign and security policy, Switzerland and the EU do not have comprehensive agreements. But in its 2000 Security Report, the Federal Council announced the importance of contributing to stability and peace beyond Switzerland`s borders and building an international community of values.