Switzerland Balance of Trade  1950-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Switzerland trade surplus fell to CHF 2.67 billion in October of 2016 from CHF 4.01 billion a year earlier and missing market expectations of a surplus CHF 3.89 billion. It was the smallest surplus since April, as exports fell while imports rose. Year-on-year, sales declined by 5.6 percent to CHF 17.8 billion while purchases increased by 1.8 percent to CHF 15.10 billion. Balance of Trade in Switzerland averaged 158.07 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)
2016-09-20 06:00 AM Aug CHF3.02B CHF2.81B CHF3.27B CHF 3.0B
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 CHF2.68B CHF 3.1B
2017-01-26 07:00 AM Dec
2017-02-17 07:00 AM Jan




Switzerland Trade Surplus Narrows to 6-Month Low


Switzerland trade surplus fell to CHF 2.67 billion in October of 2016 from CHF 4.01 billion a year earlier and missing market expectations of a surplus CHF 3.89 billion. It was the smallest surplus since April, as exports fell while imports rose.

Year-on-year, sales declined by 5.6 percent to CHF 17.8 billion, mainly due to machinery and electronics (-9.9 percent), watches (-16.4 percent), precision instruments (-4.6 percent), metals (-3.2 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (-29.2 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (-6.1 percent), vehicles (-26.6 percent), plastic products (-9.3 percent) and paper and graphic products (-5.5 percent). In contrast, outbound shipments went up for: chemicals and pharmaceuticals (+2.0 percent) and textiles, clothing and footwear (+13.8 percent). Among major trade partners, sales werlower to Euro zone (-3.8 percent), the EU countries (-2.7 percent) and Africa (-10.0 percent). In contreast, sales rose to the US (+1.1 percent), China (+18.5 percent), Japan (+5.1 percent) and Australia (+0.7 percent).

Purchases increased by 1.8 percent to CHF 15.10 billion, driven by chemicals and pharmaceuticals (+13.1 percent); textiles, clothing and footwear (+11.2 percent) and jewelry and bijouterie (+2.8 percent). In contrast, imports fell for: machinery and electronics (-1.5 percent), vehicles (-0.4 percent), metals (-2.2 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (-1.4 percent), energy products (-16.7 percent), plastic products (-1.8 percent), watches (-0.9 percent) and paper and graphic products (-5.6 percent).

In September 2016, trade surplus was marginally  revised to CHF 4.33 billion.

Swiss Customs Administration l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
11/22/2016 7:51:57 AM



Switzerland Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 2678.34 4325.32 4325.32 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Exports 17806.45 18832.96 19778.73 245.90 CHF million [+]
Imports 15128.11 14507.63 17348.96 273.20 CHF million [+]
Current Account 17281.00 9380.00 25255.00 -2681.00 CHF Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 11.00 9.00 15.60 -0.60 percent [+]
External Debt 132468.60 118233.10 141988.10 13136.80 CHF Million [+]
Terms of Trade 117.46 113.63 118.18 74.27 Index Points [+]
Capital Flows 5045.00 20563.00 43721.00 -53640.00 CHF Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 755784.60 697722.60 755784.60 20958.90 CHF Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1770.00 2020.00 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 3848.45 3784.13 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 December of 2016.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2678.34 4325.32 4325.32 -1478.68 1950 - 2016 CHF million Monthly



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