Switzerland Balance of Trade  1950-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Swiss trade surplus increased to CHF 4.73 billion in January of 2017 from CHF 3.46 billion a year earlier and beating market consensus of CHF 3.03 billion. It was a fresh-record high trade surplus, as exports rose much more than imports. Year-on-year, sales surged 11.4 percent to CHF 18.1 billion while purchases increased by 4.5 percent to CHF 13.38 billion. In December 2016, trade surplus was marginally revised to CHF 2.70 billion. Balance of Trade in Switzerland averaged 170.53 CHF million from 1950 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 4733 CHF million in January of 2017 and a record low of -1478.68 CHF million in August of 1989.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-12-20 07:00 AM Nov CHF3.64B CHF2.66B CHF 3.1B
2017-01-26 07:00 AM Dec CHF2.7B CHF3.5B CHF2.81B CHF2.7B
2017-02-21 07:00 AM Jan CHF4.7B CHF2.7B CHF3.03B CHF 3.2B
2017-03-21 07:00 AM Feb CHF4.7B
2017-04-27 06:00 AM Mar
2017-05-23 06:00 AM Apr




Switzerland Trade Surplus Hits Fresh Record High


Switzerland trade surplus increased to CHF 4.73 billion in January of 2017 from CHF 3.46 billion a year earlier and beating market consensus of CHF 3.03 billion. It was a fresh-record high of trade surplus, as exports rose much more than imports.

Year-on-year, sales surged 11.4 percent to CHF 18.1 billion, driven by chemical- pharmaceutical products (23.9 percent), machinery and electronics (4.5 percent), precision instruments (1.6 percent), metals (12.2 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (2.1 percent); textiles, clothing and footwear (17.7 percent) and plastic products (0.8 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments fell for: watches (-6.2 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (-8.5 percent), vehicles (-19.3 percent)  and paper and graphic products (-0.7 percent). Among major trade partners, sales were higher to: the EU countries (9.0 percent), China (35.0 percent), Japan (12.5 percent), Singapore (6.4 percent), Russia (37.9 percent), the US (34.4 percent), India (6.4 percent), Brazil (45.4 percent), South Africa (26.7 percent) and Australia (1.2 percent). In contrast, sales fell to European countries outside the EU (-5.2 percent), Hong Kong (-8.6 percent) and Taiwan (-4.4 percent).

Purchases increased by 4.5 percent to CHF 13.38 billion, due to chemical- pharmaceutical products (4.4 percent), machinery and electronics (6.5 percent), metals (8.8 percent); textiles, clothing and footwear (12.5 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (6.3 percent), energy carriers (27.6 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (40.5 percent), precision instruments (6.2 percent), plastic products (5.5 percent) and paper and graphic products (2.2 percent). In contrast, imports declined for: vehicles (-23.7 percent) and watches (-2.5 percent).  

In December 2016, trade surplus was marginally revised to CHF 2.70 billion.

Swiss Customs Administration | Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
2/21/2017 12:52:06 PM



Switzerland Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 4733.00 2694.00 4733.00 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Exports 18116.36 16490.36 19778.73 245.90 CHF million [+]
Imports 13383.69 13774.01 17348.96 273.20 CHF million [+]
Current Account 20619.00 19569.00 25255.00 -2681.00 CHF Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 11.00 9.00 15.60 -0.60 percent [+]
External Debt 1672899.60 1651514.40 1705185.80 13293.30 CHF Million [+]
Terms of Trade 113.51 108.76 119.08 74.27 Index Points [+]
Capital Flows 37370.73 13137.31 44259.81 -53639.84 CHF Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 833192.60 770570.00 833192.60 20958.90 CHF Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1437.00 1770.00 2083.00 600.00 Thousand [+]
Gold Reserves 1039.99 1039.99 2590.18 1039.99 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 0.29 1.35 2.03 0.13 [+]
Tourism Revenues 4587.21 3851.17 4725.41 2179.85 CHF Million [+]
Weapons Sales 369.00 342.00 589.00 18.00 USD Million [+]



Switzerland Balance of Trade Notes

Since 2001 Switzerland has been reporting trade surpluses due to strong exports growth. Swiss main exports are: chemical and pharmaceutical products, machines and electronics, watches and precision instruments. The country imports mostly chemical and pharmaceutical products, machines and electronics, vehicles and metals. Its largest trading partner is Germany, followed by the US, Italy, France, China and the UK. This page provides the latest reported value for - Switzerland Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Switzerland Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4733.00 2694.00 4733.00 -1478.68 1950 - 2017 CHF million Monthly



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