Annual Merchandise Trade Statistics by Country
Publication date: 2018-12-16
Reporting period: 2002 - 2017
Timeseries: 164 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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Switzerland | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Trade Value (US$) | 2015 - 2017

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Commodity Reporter Partner Trade Flow Indicator 2015 2016 2017
TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIES Switzerland World Exports Trade Value (US$) 291 959 193 895 304 691 297 208 299 308 693 087
Imports Trade Value (US$) 253 152 460 172 269 157 232 225 267 501 495 875

source: United Nations International Trade Statistics Database, Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Statistics Division (https://comtrade.un.org)

The value of total exports from Switzerland totaled $ 299 billion in 2017. Cumulative exports in value terms from Switzerland decreased by 1.76% compared to 2016 merchandise exports decreased by $ 5.38 billion (merchandise exports from Switzerland amounted to $304 billion in 2016)

Switzerland exports 2017 by country

The main export destinations of commodities from Switzerland in 2017 were

  • Germany with share of 20% (55 billion US$)
  • Germany with share of 15.1% (45 billion US$)
  • USA with share of 12.2% (36 billion US$)
  • China with share of 8.18% (24 billion US$)
  • USA with share of 8% (21 billion US$)
  • Italy with share of 7.52% (20 billion US$)
  • India with share of 6.64% (19.8 billion US$)
  • United Kingdom with share of 7.24% (19.3 billion US$)
  • France with share of 6.5% (17.3 billion US$)
  • France with share of 5.72% (17.1 billion US$)

Exports structure from Switzerland in 2017 represented by the following commodity groups:

  • 28% (84 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 23% (70 billion US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 7.81% (23 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 6.76% (20 billion US$): 91 - Clocks and watches and parts thereof
  • 6.63% (19.8 billion US$): 29 - Organic chemicals
  • 5.43% (16.2 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 4.07% (12.1 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 1.71% (5.13 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 1.09% (3.28 billion US$): 33 - Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
  • 1% (2.99 billion US$): 73 - Articles of iron or steel

What did Switzerland export in 2017?

TOP-10 Exports commodities from Switzerland in 2017:

  • 22% ($67 billion): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 13.6% ($40 billion): 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading 30.02, 30.05 or 30.06) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale.
  • 9.37% ($28 billion): 3002 - Human blood; animal blood prepared for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic uses; antisera and other blood fractions and modified immunological products, whether or not obtained by means of biotechnological processes; vaccines, toxins, cultures of micro-organisms (excluding yeasts) and similar products.
  • 4.23% ($12.6 billion): 9102 - Wrist-watches, pocket-watches and other watches, including stop-watches, other than those of heading 91.01.
  • 3.73% ($11.1 billion): 7113 - Articles of jewellery and parts thereof, of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal.
  • 2.77% ($8.31 billion): 2933 - Heterocyclic compounds with nitrogen hetero-atom(s) only.
  • 2.15% ($6.45 billion): 9101 - Wrist-watches, pocket-watches and other watches, including stop-watches, with case of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal.
  • 2.01% ($6.02 billion): 9021 - Orthopaedic appliances, including crutches, surgical belts and trusses; splints and other fracture appliances; artificial parts of the body; hearing aids and other appliances which are worn or carried, or implanted in the body, to compensate for a defect or disability.
  • 1.21% ($3.64 billion): 9018 - Instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences, including scintigraphic apparatus, other electro-medical apparatus and sight-testing instruments.
  • 1.06% ($3.17 billion): 2937 - Hormones, prostaglandins, thromboxanes and leukotrienes, natural or reproduced by synthesis; derivatives and structural analogues thereof, including chain modified polypeptides, used primarily as hormones.

The value of total imports to Switzerland totaled $ 267 billion in 2017. Cumulative imports in value terms to Switzerland decreased by 0.615% compared to 2016 merchandise imports decreased by $ 1.65 billion (value of merchandise imports to Switzerland was equal to $269 billion in 2016)

Switzerland imports 2017 by country

The largest trade partners (import of goods) of Switzerland in 2017 were

  • Germany with share of 20% (55 billion US$)
  • Germany with share of 15.1% (45 billion US$)
  • USA with share of 12.2% (36 billion US$)
  • China with share of 8.18% (24 billion US$)
  • USA with share of 8% (21 billion US$)
  • Italy with share of 7.52% (20 billion US$)
  • India with share of 6.64% (19.8 billion US$)
  • United Kingdom with share of 7.24% (19.3 billion US$)
  • France with share of 6.5% (17.3 billion US$)
  • France with share of 5.72% (17.1 billion US$)

Imports structure to Switzerland in 2017 represented by the following commodity groups:

  • 33% (88 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 10.7% (28 billion US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 7.13% (19 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 5.6% (14.9 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 5.19% (13.9 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 4.12% (11 billion US$): 29 - Organic chemicals
  • 3.06% (8.19 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 2.87% (7.69 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 2.41% (6.45 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 1.63% (4.38 billion US$): 94 - Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings

What did Switzerland import in 2017?

TOP-10 Imports commodities to Switzerland in 2017:

  • 26% ($69 billion): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 7.21% ($19.3 billion): 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading 30.02, 30.05 or 30.06) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale.
  • 4.16% ($11.1 billion): 7113 - Articles of jewellery and parts thereof, of precious metal or of metal clad with precious metal.
  • 3.91% ($10.4 billion): 8703 - Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
  • 3.29% ($8.8 billion): 3002 - Human blood; animal blood prepared for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic uses; antisera and other blood fractions and modified immunological products, whether or not obtained by means of biotechnological processes; vaccines, toxins, cultures of micro-organisms (excluding yeasts) and similar products.
  • 2.05% ($5.49 billion): 2933 - Heterocyclic compounds with nitrogen hetero-atom(s) only.
  • 1.54% ($4.14 billion): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 1.3% ($3.5 billion): 8471 - Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 1.27% ($3.41 billion): 8525 - Transmission apparatus for radio-telephony, radio-telegraphy, radio-broadcasting or television, whether or not incorporating reception apparatus or sound recording or reproducing apparatus; television cameras; still image video cameras and other video camera recorders; digital cameras.
  • 0.934% ($2.49 billion): 7102 - Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set.

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Switzerland | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Trade Value (US$) | 2015 - 2017