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

Switzerland trade surplus fell to CHF 3.10 billion in February of 2017 from CHF 3.80 billion a year earlier and below market consensus of CHF 3.85 billion, as exports fell while imports went up. Year-on-year, sales declined by 3.2 percent to CHF 16.99 billion while purchases rose 1.1 percent to CHF 13.88 billion. In January 2017, trade surplus was upwardly revised CHF 4.83 billion, the largest in history. Balance of Trade in Switzerland averaged 174.29 CHF million from 1950 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 4830 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)
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 CHF3.1B CHF4.8B CHF3.85B CHF4.2B
2017-04-27 06:00 AM Mar CHF3.1B
2017-05-23 06:00 AM Apr
2017-06-22 06:00 AM May




Switzerland Trade Surplus Narrows In February


Switzerland trade surplus narrowed to CHF 3.10 billion in February of 2017 from CHF 3.80 billion a year earlier and below market consensus of CHF 3.85 billion, as exports fell while imports went up.

Year-on-year, sales declined by 3.2 percent to CHF 16.99 billion, mainly due to machinery and electronics (-1.2 percent), watches (-10.0 percent), precision instruments (-3.0 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (-24.2 percent); food, beverages and tobacco (-3.4 percent), vehicles (-11.9 percent), plastic products (-7.6 percent) and paper and graphic products (-13.7 percent). In contrast, exports increased for: metals (5.0 percent) and  textiles, clothing and footwear (10.7 percent). Sales were flat for chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Among major trade partners, sales decreased to: the EU countries (-2.0 percent), Japan (-9.3 percent), Hong Kong (-3.2 percent), the US (-11.2 percent), the Middle-East countries (-28.5 percent) and South Africa (-37.8 percent). In contrast, sales went up to Russia (13.9 percent), China (19.4 percent), Singapore (7.6 percent), South Korea (31.7 percent), India (13.3 percent), Canada (13.8 percent), Brazil (41.0 percent) and Australia (2.3 percent).

Purchases rose 1.1 percent to CHF 13.88 billion, driven by  chemicals and pharmaceuticals (10.7 percent), vehicles (28.0 percent) and energy products (32.2 percent). In contrast, import fell for: machiner and electronic (-2.5 percent), metals (-2.5 percent); textiles, clothing and footwear (-2.4 percent),  food, beverages and tobacco (-5.3 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (-37.6 percent), plastic products (-8.1 percent), paper and graphic products (-9.6 percent) and watches (-22.2 percent).

In January 2017, trade surplus was upwardly revised to CHF 4.83 billion, the largest in history.

Swiss Customs Administration l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
3/21/2017 8:25:15 AM



Switzerland Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 3105.00 4830.00 4830.00 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Exports 16986.00 18116.36 19778.73 245.90 CHF million [+]
Imports 13882.00 13383.69 17348.96 273.20 CHF million [+]
Current Account 22022.94 20619.00 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 [+]
Weapons Sales 369.00 342.00 589.00 18.00 USD Million [+]
Terrorism Index 0.29 1.35 2.03 0.13 [+]
Tourism Revenues 4587.21 3851.17 4725.41 2179.85 CHF 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 March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3105.00 4830.00 4830.00 -1478.68 1950 - 2017 CHF million Monthly



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