Overview of Switzerland’s free trade agreements

Table of free trade agreements
Free Trade Agreement Status Specific concessions by Switzerland Specific concessions by free trade partners


In force since 2021

Reductions for palm oil quotas tied to sustainability labels.

Indonesia's main exports such as coffee, cocoa butter, tobacco, vanilla and tropical fruits benefit from preferential access to the Swiss market access.

For processed agricultural products, fixed concessions were offered without the price compensation mechanism for raw materials.

Major export products are all exempt from customs duties: cheese and dairy products, coffee, chocolate and biscuits, baby food and energy drinks


In force since 2021

Concessions analogous to agricultural agreements with the EU: free trade in cheese.

For processed agricultural products, the price compensation measures for raw materials in place with the EU are applied to the UK under Protocol 2.

Concessions analogous to the agricultural agreement with the EU: free trade in cheese and processed agricultural products


In force since 2020

Bananas, cocoa, tropical fruits, fruit juices, cut flowers

Duty-free quota for cheese. Duty-free market access for chocolate, coffee, baby food and energy drinks


In force since 2018

Coconuts as well as coconut oil, bananas, tropical fruits, fruit juices

Duty-free: dairy products, chocolate, infant food, energy drinks
Reduction: coffee


In force since 2018

Honey, industrially produced wine and sweet wine, various non-sensitive concessions, especially fruits and vegetables

Duty-free for practically all agricultural products with existing exports


In force since 2015

Cheese, raspberries, strawberries, mushrooms, olives, 200t quota for peaches and nectarines

Cheese, meat incl. dried meat, powdered milk, certain fruit and vegetable preparations, spirits, processed agricultural products (yoghurt, coffee, sugar confections, chocolate, food preparations, muesli, bakery products, jams) if export contributions are not imposed


In force since 2014

Comprehensive concessions for basic non-sensitive agricultural products, within quotas and outside of season. No   concessions outside of quotas and for animal feed.
Processed agricultural products: reduction in the amount of industrial protection element; additional reduction for around 20 tariff lines.

Most products with export potential are duty-free (dairy products, baby food, wine, dried meat, etc.) with transitional periods of up to 12 years. A 60% reduction after 10 years for cheese and coffee (containing caffeine).
No concessions for ham, whole milk powder, beverage concentrates

EFTA-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)

In force since July 2014

Various non-sensitive concessions, particularly fruit and vegetables

Meat incl. dried meat, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, soups and sauces, beverages, cocoa powder

EFTA-Panama and Costa Rica

In force since August 2014

reduction for meat within WTO quota, honey, cut flowers, various tropical vegetables and fruits, spirits and cigarettes

Dried meat, fruit preparations, juices, wine, animal feed, cigarettes, beverages (except coffee), chocolate, sugar confections, muesli (no export contributions for tariff lines with customs preference), cheese quota for Panama

EFTA-Hong Kong

In force since 2012

various non-sensitive concessions, especially fruit and vegetables

Duty-free for practically all consolidated agricultural products 


In force since 2012

various tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, 200t table grapes, sweet wine, sausages.

Meat incl. dried meat, cream, powdered milk, yoghurt, various fruits and vegetables, fruit juice, apple wine, brandies, sausages, water, processed  agricultural products duty-free (as from 1 January 2015)


In force since 2012

specific meat and meat products, honey, sunflower oil for the production of certain processed agricultural products

Dried meat, cheese, wine, animal feed, processed agricultural products


In force since 2011

tropical fruit (bananas, tangerines, oranges), honey, cut flowers, various seeds, fruit juices, spirits, cigarettes

Duty-free quota for cheese, concessions for coffee and coffee preparations, chocolate, sugar confections, food preparations (e.g. soups, sauces, ready-made fondue), dried meat, apple juice, grape must, wine, cigarettes and other tobacco products


In force since 2011

cut flowers, plants, asparagus, chilies, artichokes, bananas, cigars, cigarettes, cheese, grapes, vegetable preparations

Dried meat, cheese, processed agricultural products, coffee, wine, mineral water,  cigars, cigarettes


In force since 2010

500t quota for olive oil, reduction for dry sausages

Duty-free: cheese, dried meat, breeding animals, almost all processed agricultural products and cigarettes


In force since 2010

strawberries and raspberries for industrial processing, strawberry juice, frozen orange juice concentrate,  pickled paprika

Meat products (e.g. dried meat, sausage products), milk, dairy products (some cheese specialties duty-free), honey, processed fruit and vegetables, fruit juice, wine, processed agricultural products such as chocolate, coffee products, muesli, sauces


In force since 2009

Decorative plants (bonsai), high-quality fruit, sake (rice wine), cigarettes

Cheese specialties, Swiss dried meat, chocolate, wine, cigarettes


In force since 2009

Maple syrup, frozen blueberries, durum wheat, horsemeat, dog and cat food

Cheese (within WTO quota), fondue, fruit juices, sugar confections, chocolate, jam, milk drinks, soups and sauces


In force since 2008

Various vegetables, particularly potatoes

Cheese, powdered milk, baby food, pectin, sunflower oil, processed tomatoes


In force since 2008

dried meat from springbuck and other wild animals, high-quality beef, certain vegetables and fruits as well as certain vegetable and fruit preparations

Duty-free quotas for 20t dried meat and 200t hard cheese, breeding animals, coffee


In force since 2007

Various non-sensitive concessions, particularly fruit and vegetables

Breeding animals, dairy products incl. yoghurt and cheese, coffee, sugar confections, chocolate, baby food, biscuits

EFTA-South Korea

In force since 2006

rice wine, fermented cabbage and root vegetable preparations (Kim-chi), spices

60t tariff quota for hard cheese, red and white wine, apple cider, plant extracts, certain fruit juices, animal feed supplements, breeding stock and bovine semen,  processed agricultural products


In force since 2006

camel meat, flowers, various fruits and vegetables, olive oil, sweet wine

Tariff-free quotas for powdered milk (300t), cheese (50t), coffee, chocolate, baby food, baked goods, jams, fruit juice, cigarettes


In force since 2004

Certain fruit juices, different fruits and vegetables, seasonal tariff-free quotas for table grapes

Dried meat, breeding animals, bovine semen, pectin, animal feed supplements


In force since 2003

coconut flour, orchids

Practically all consolidated agricultural products duty-free


In force since 2002

Various vegetables

Breeding animals, powdered milk for end consumers, cheese for industry, coffee, sugar confections, chocolate, biscuits
cheese (within WTO quota), fondue, fruit juices, sugar confections, chocolate, jam, milk drinks, soups and sauces


In force since 2002

various non-sensitive concessions, particularly fruit and vegetables

Breeding animals, quotas for powdered milk and cheese, pectin, sugar confections, chocolate, baby food, biscuits, coffee extracts


In force since 2001

raw coffee, industrial honey, citrus fruits, bananas, tropical fruit juices, cut flowers and certain vegetables

Certain vegetable and fruit varieties duty-free (e.g. apricots), soups, sauces, sugar-free candies, chewing gum, sweet beverages, beer, certain spirits


In force since 1999

various non-sensitive concessions, particularly fruit and vegetables

Cheese quotas, yoghurt, margarine, plant extracts, sugar confections, chocolate, biscuits, beverage fruit powder, coffee extracts

EFTA-Palestinian Authority

In force since 1999

various fruits and vegetables, primarily within WTO quotas

Milk and cream, cheese, coffee, plant extracts, marmalade, preserved fruits

Switzerland-Faroe Islands

In force since 1995

Fish and fish products, water, beer

All agricultural products are duty-free except goat and sheep meat incl. products, milk and powdered milk


In force since 1993

Plums, strawberries, olives and various other fruits and vegetables, grape juice, sweet wine

Coffee, chocolate, baby food, biscuits, ice cream


In force since 1992

various non-sensitive concessions, particularly fruit and vegetables

No concessions

Last modification 21.03.2022

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