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

Switzerland trade surplus came in at CHF3.55 billion in June of 2016, compared to a CHF3.50 billion a year earlier and market expectations of a CHF3.49 billion, as exports rose at the same pace as imports. In June, sales increased by 1.5 percent year-on-year to CHF18.22 billion while imports also went up 1.5 percent to CHF14.68 billion. In May 2016, trade surplus was marginally revised to CHF3.78 billion. Considering January to June 2016, sales rose 5.1 percent to CHF105.34 billion while imports increased by 3.9 percent to CHF86.0 billion. That brought a trade surplus of CHF19.3 billion during the period, compared to a CHF19.1 billion surplus in the same period a year earlier. Balance of Trade in Switzerland averaged 140.92 CHF million from 1950 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 4014.24 CHF million in October of 2015 and a record low of -1478.68 CHF million in August of 1989. Balance of Trade in Switzerland is reported by the Swiss Customs Administration.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3546.46 3782.05 4014.24 -1478.68 1950 - 2016 CHF million Monthly
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 July of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-05-24 06:00 AM Apr CHF2.50B CHF2.18B CHF 2.8B
2016-06-21 06:00 AM May CHF3.79B CHF2.50B CHF 2.88B CHF 3.2B
2016-07-21 06:00 AM Jun CHF3.55B CHF3.78B CHF3.49B CHF 3.1B
2016-08-23 06:00 AM Jul CHF3.55B CHF 2.9B
2016-09-20 06:00 AM Aug CHF 3.0B
2016-10-20 06:00 AM Sep CHF 3.2B

Switzerland Trade Surplus Little Changed in June


Switzerland trade surplus came in at CHF3.55 billion in June of 2016, compared to a CHF3.50 billion a year earlier and market expectations of a CHF3.49 billion, as exports rose at the same pace as imports.

Outbound shipments increased by 1.5 percent year-on-year to CHF18.22 billion in June, following an 11.5 percent growth in May. Sales rose for chemicals and pharmaceuticals (9.5 percent), followed by machinery and electronics (+3.6 percent), precision instruments (+6.9 percent), metals (+1.5 percent), food & beverages (+0.3 percent); textiles, clothing, footwear (+2.7 percent), plastics (+3.9 percent) and paper and graphic products (+4.9 percent). In contrast, exports fell for: watches (-16.1 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (-16.1 percent) and vehicles (-27.1 percent). Among major trade partners, exports rose to the Eurozone (+3.2 percent), followed by other EU countries sales (+4.0 percent), China (+42.2 percent), Japan (+11.5 percent), India (+8.3 percent). Sales to the US also increased by 2.7 percent. 

Imports also went up 1.5  percent year-on-year to CHF14.68 billion, compared to an 11.5 percent rise in a month earlier, mainly driven by chemicals and pharmaceuticals (+1.1 percent); machinery and electronics (+5.0 percent), vehicles (+10.7 percent), food & beverages (+3.6 percent); textiles, clothing, footwear (+4.2 percent), precision instruments (+6.5 percent) and plastics (+4.6 percent). Among trading partners, imports were higher from other EU countries were up 10.6 percent and the US (+38.6 percent).

In May 2016, trade surplus was marginally revised to CHF3.78 billion. 

Considering January to June 2016, sales rose 5.1 percent to CHF105.34 billion while imports increased by 3.9 percent to CHF86.0 billion. That brought a trade surplus of CHF19.3 billion during the period, compared to a CHF19.1 billion surplus in the same period a year earlier.

Swiss Customs Administration l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
7/21/2016 12:37:37 PM

Switzerland Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 3546.46 3782.05 4014.24 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Exports 18223.00 17252.00 19778.73 245.90 CHF million [+]
Imports 14677.00 13466.00 17348.96 273.20 CHF million [+]
Current Account 9898.35 15908.22 25252.92 -2680.96 CHF Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 11.00 9.00 15.60 -0.60 percent [+]
External Debt 118233.10 141988.10 141988.10 13136.80 CHF Million [+]
Terms of Trade 114.71 118.18 118.18 74.27 Index Points [+]
Capital Flows 18012.91 6460.36 44515.93 -53434.44 CHF Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 755784.60 697722.60 755784.60 20958.90 CHF Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1677.00 1420.00 2056.00 600.00 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 1.35 2.03 2.03 0.13 [+]
Tourism Revenues 3777.64 3428.95 4656.07 2179.85 CHF Million [+]




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