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

Switzerland trade surplus rose to CHF 3.64 billion in November of 2016 from CHF 3.12 billion a year earlier as exports rose while imports fell. Year-on-year, sales increased by 2.5 percent to CHF 18.8 billion while purchases decreased by 0.4 percent to CHF 15.2 billion. In October 2016, trade surplus was marginally revised to CHF 2.66 billion. Balance of Trade in Switzerland averaged 162.37 CHF million from 1950 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 4325.32 CHF million in September of 2016 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)
2016-10-20 06:00 AM Sep CHF4.37B CHF3.01B CHF3.27B CHF 3.2B
2016-11-22 07:00 AM Oct CHF2.68B CHF4.33B CHF3.89B CHF 3.1B
2016-12-20 07:00 AM Nov CHF3.64B CHF2.66B CHF 3.1B
2017-01-26 07:00 AM Dec CHF3.64B
2017-02-21 07:00 AM Jan
2017-03-21 07:00 AM Feb




Switzerland Trade Surplus Widens in November


Switzerland trade surplus rose to CHF 3.64 billion in November of 2016 from CHF 3.12 billion a year earlier as exports rose while imports fell.

Year-on-year, sales increased by 2.5 percent to CHF 18.8 billion, mainly driven by chemical- pharmaceutical products (+4.5 percent), machinery and electronics (+4.7 percent), precision instruments (+2.1 percent), metals (+7.3 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (+1.1 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (+0.1 percent), textiles, clothing and footwear (+20.0 percent), and plastic products (+1.6 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments went down for: watches (-5.6 percent), vehicles (-19.5 percent) and paper and graphic products (-0.8 percent). Among major trade partners, sales were higher to the EU countries (+1.1 percent),China (+16.8 percent), Singapore (+10.1 percent), the US (+3.0 percent), Brazil (+3.9 percent), South Africa (+33.8 percent) and Australia (+11.9 percent). In contrast, sales fell to Japan (-12.4 percent) and India (-4.9 percent.

Purchases dropped by 0.4 percent to CHF 15.2 billion, due to chemicals and pharmaceuticals (-5.0 percent), machinery and electronics (-1.3 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (-31.8 percent), paper and graphic products (-0.8 percent) and watches (-1.4 percent). In contrast, imports rose for: vehicles (+13.2 percent), metals (+1.5 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (+4.1 percent); textiles, clothing and footwear (+15.8 percent), energy carriers (+6.9 percent), precision instruments (+4.0 percent) and plastics (+0.5 percent).

In October 2016, trade surplus was marginally  revised to CHF 2.66 billion.

Swiss Customs Administration l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
12/20/2016 8:30:30 AM



Switzerland Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 3636.00 2657.00 4325.32 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Exports 18787.00 17806.45 19778.73 245.90 CHF million [+]
Imports 15151.00 15128.11 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 113.02 117.46 119.08 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, electronics, watches and precision instruments. The country imports mostly machinery, pharmaceutical, chemicals, vehicles and metals. European Union is its largest trading partner, accounting for about 56% of exports and 74% of imports follows by the United States and China. 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 January of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3636.00 2657.00 4325.32 -1478.68 1950 - 2016 CHF million Monthly



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