The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) analyses the extent to which Swiss companies make use of Switzerland's free trade agreements (FTAs) to save on customs duties.
The FTA Monitor shows that Swiss companies saved CHF 2.3 billion in customs duties in 2020 thanks to FTAs. This corresponds to an average FTA utilisation rate of 68% for imports.
The study "Analyse zur Nutzung von Freihandelsabkommen" published in August 2020 is based on a recommendation by the National Council's Business Audit Committee (GPK-N) and was commissioned by SECO from the University of St. Gallen. The GPK-N called for an analysis of the effects of FTAs. In a further analysis, the factors that influence whether companies importing goods into Switzerland use the preferential tariffs granted under FTAs were examined. The in-depth analysis showed that smaller and larger companies use FTAs with roughly the same frequency.