Swiss Japan Free Trade Agreement

Free trade agreements are international agreements concluded between two parties (countries or transnational groups) in order to guarantee free trade. The second is that of industrial goods: both the European Union and Switzerland have abolished customs duties on the vast majority of products in this field in their agreements with Japan. Exporters from EU countries only benefit from better conditions for a small number of products, insignificant for the Swiss export industry: salt, some organic chemicals, some leather products, ski and sports boots and slippers. The Free Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement between Switzerland and Japan, which entered into force on 1 September 2009, was the first free trade agreement signed by Japan with a European country. Most Swiss agreements are concluded within the framework of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). In addition, Switzerland has the right to negotiate free trade agreements without the participation of EFTA, as was the case, for example, with China, Japan and the Faroe Islands. Application in the field of SMEs Often, free trade agreements and declarations of origin of exporting companies are not given sufficient attention. To determine the country of origin, coordination is required between the company`s management, export department, purchasing, quality assurance, logistics and finance. For example, if purchases change supplier due to lower prices (Switzerland, previous country of origin; new country of origin China/third country), the export department should also be informed, as this may change the country of origin.

Changes in prices and output or exchange rate fluctuations may also affect the valuation of the country of origin. If the calculations are not regularly reviewed and erroneous declarations are thus made, this may result in the subsequent payment of customs duties and the imposition of substantial fines on companies. Professor Ziltener is a lecturer at the University of Zurich. It focuses on teaching and research in areas such as free trade agreements and other topics related to globalisation/transnationalisation. From 2006 to 2009, Patrick Ziltener was a scientific collaborator at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Secretary for free trade negotiations between Switzerland and Japan. An approved exporter may, in all agreements, make country of origin declarations on account, regardless of the value of the consignment. These don`t need to be signed by hand.. . .

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