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

Switzerland trade surplus increased to CHF 3.02 billion in August of 2016 from CHF 2.86 billion a year earlier but below market expectations of a surplus CHF 3.27 billion. Exports grew by 12.0 percent to CHF 16.05 billion while imports went up 13.5 percent to CHF 13.03 billion. In July 2016, trade surplus was downwardly revised to CHF 2.81 billion. Balance of Trade in Switzerland averaged 147.34 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
3024.63 2805.72 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 September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-07-21 06:00 AM Jun CHF3.55B CHF3.78B CHF3.49B CHF 3.1B
2016-08-23 06:00 AM Jul CHF2.93B CHF3.51B CHF3.79B CHF 2.9B
2016-09-20 06:00 AM Aug CHF3.02B CHF2.81B CHF3.27B CHF 3.0B
2016-10-20 06:00 AM Sep CHF3.02B CHF 3.2B
2016-11-22 07:00 AM Oct CHF 3.1B
2016-12-20 07:00 AM Nov CHF 3.1B

Switzerland Trade Surplus Widens in August


Switzerland trade surplus increased to CHF 3.02 billion in August of 2016 from CHF 2.86 billion a year earlier but below market expectations of a surplus CHF 3.27 billion. Exports grew by 12.0 percent to CHF 16.05 billion while imports went up 13.5 percent to CHF 13.03 billion.

In August, sales rose for: chemicals and pharmaceuticals (+31.0  percent),  precision instruments (+8.2 percent),  metals (+5.8 percent), jewelry and bijouterie (+6.9 percent), food & beverages (+1.1 percent), textiles, clothing and footwear (+11.3  percent), and  plastics (+4.0 percent). In contrast, outbond shipments dropped for machinery and electronics (-1.5 percent), watches (-8.8 percent),  vehicles (-31.2 percent) and paper and graphic products (-3.0 percent). Among major trade partners, sales were higher to the EU countries (+18.2 percent), followed by the US (+31.0 percent), Japan (24.7 percent), and China (+9.1 percent). In contrast, sales declined to South Africa (-17.1 percent) and Australia (-3.0 percent).  

Imports increased by 13.5  percent year-on-year to CHF 13.03 billion, mainly driven by chemicals and pharmaceuticals (+43.8 percent),  machinery and electronics (+6.4 percent),  vehicles (+15.9 percent), metals (+8.5 percent), textiles, clothing and footwear (+12.7 percent), food and beverages (+2.4 percent),  precision instruments (+6.8 percent), watches (+4.9 percent), plastics (+8.8 percent)  and paper and graphic products (+5.1 percent). Among trading partners, imports were higher from the EU countries (+16.1 percent), the USA (+33.5 percent), South Africa (+50.3 percent) and Australia (+9.8 percent). 

In July 2016, trade surplus was downwardly revised to CHF 2.81 billion.

Swiss Customs Administrations l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
9/20/2016 7:43:00 AM

Switzerland Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 3024.63 2805.72 4014.24 -1478.68 CHF million [+]
Exports 16050.57 17649.67 19778.73 245.90 CHF million [+]
Imports 13025.95 14843.95 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 118.04 113.19 118.18 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 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 3848.45 3784.13 4725.41 2179.85 CHF Million [+]




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