Switzerland Trading Partner Portal

Trading Partner Portal: Switzerland


Trade Overview

Two-way trade between the United States and Switzerland was approximately $662.4 billion in 2019. The United States exported over $17.9 billion to Switzerland, making it the 19th largest export destination for the US. Exports consisted of $4.99 billion in manufactured commodities, $3.39 billion in primary metal manufacturing and approximately $2.7 billion in chemicals. Imports from Switzerland were $44.5 billion, with the top categories being chemicals, reimports, and computer/electronic products. (US Department of Commerce)

Foreign Direct Investment

According to the Swiss Embassy in the United States, Switzerland is one of the largest investors in R&D in the US, with more than $10 billion invested in 2017. In 2018, the U.S. invested $278.04 billion into Switzerland, while Swiss investment in the U.S. reached $222.49 billion. Switzerland is the 8th largest source of FDI in the US. In 2017, Swiss FDI in the US supported 454,300 jobs and contributed $18.5 billion to expanding US exports. The top industry sectors for Swiss FDI in the US are: real estate, consumer products, industrial equipment, food and beverages, financial services, and software and IT services. (Select USA)

California – Switzerland Trade Relations

Swiss-owned companies create more jobs for California than any other state in the United States. Employment in California by Swiss-owned companies reached 61,000 in 2012, almost double the amount of any other state in the country. (Swiss Embassy)

In 2019, California was one of the top state exporters to Switzerland with over $1.7 billion. California exports to Switzerland increased by over 25% from 2010. Switzerland is California’s 19th largest export destination.  Chemicals were credited with 48.6 percent of the total, worth $870 million. Miscellaneous manufactured commodities held 16.9 percent with $302 million. Computer and electronic products also held 11.6 percent with $206.9 million. Second-hand merchandise held 9.1 percent with $162 million.   (US Department of Commerce)

In California, the number six country for FDI through foreign-owned enterprises (FOEs) is Switzerland. Swiss FOEs in California provide over 55,840 jobs through 706 firms amounting to $5.43 billion in wages. The top jobs by sector are: manufacturing, financial activities, wholesale trade, professional/business services, and retail trade (World Trade Center Los Angeles FDI Report, May 2020).

We Need a Free Trade Deal with Switzerland
The Heritage Foundation, August 8, 2018

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