Today, e-commerce is an everyday feature of commercial activity. Businesses increasingly use it as a more efficient means of conducting purchase and sales transactions, and private individuals are tending to order more goods and services online. The availability of digital products and services delivered electronically is constantly growing and geographical borders tend to vanish. Regulation of e-commerce is not yet very advanced on the level of international trading. In this context Switzerland aims to work together with her trading partners to strengthen the multilateral trading system.
The free trade agreement concluded with Turkey on 10 December 1991 and entered into force on 1 April 1992 was the first agreement of this type to be concluded by EFTA. On the basis of an evolutionary clause of the agreement (art. 27), Parties have thus launched in January 2014 negotiations with a view to modernise the agreement. The modernised agreement was concluded in substance on 16 November 2017 and signed on 25 June 2018 on occasion of the EFTA ministerial meeting, which took place in Sauðárkrókur, in Iceland.
This agreement contains an annex on electronic commerce:
Negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between the EFTA-States and the Republics of Costa Rica and Panama began on 28 February 2012. The Agreement has been signed by the competent Ministers and its entry into force is expected in the course of the year 2014.
During the round of negotiations, which took place from 14 to 15 October 2014 in Guatemala City, Guatemala also signed and joined the agreement. The competent Ministers have signed the protocol of Guatemala's accession to the agreement.
This agreement has an article and an annexe on electronic commerce.
Below you find the texts in English as well as in Spanish:
Negotiations of a free trade agreement between the EFTA states and Peru began in June 2007 and were concluded on 31 October 2008. The agreement was signed by the competent EFTA ministers on 24 June 2010 and by the competent peruvian Minister on 14 July 2010. The agreement has been put into force on 1 July 2011.
This agreement contains an article and an annex on electronic commerce.
Negotiations for a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait) in the framework of the EFTA were launched in June 2006. They were concluded on April 23, 2009. The competent ministers have signed the agreement on June 22, 2009. It currently awaits ratification.
This agreement contains an article on electronic commerce.
Agreement on Free Trade and Economic Partnership (FTEPA) between Switzerland and Japan
Negotiations for the Agreement on Free Trade and Economic Partnership (FTEPA) between Switzerland and Japan were launched in May 2007. This Agreement, signed on February 19, 2009 by the competent Ministers and entered into force on 1st September 2009, is the first preferential agreement in which Switzerland takes part containing a chapter on Electronic Commerce.
Last modification 22.02.2019