Federal Council Ueli Maurer travels today in the USA and meets the Donald Trump. This research by Tamedia. What the two are talking, is not yet officially. However, three independent sources confirmed that a free-trade agreement content will be of the talks. This is shown by the fact that state Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, who is responsible for the free trade dossier on the flight.
The Meeting could, therefore, representative of the discussions between Federal councillor Guy Parmelin, and Trumps trade Robert Lighthizer of 11. April 2019. At that time, the two of them agreed that the unofficial talks on a free trade agreement "will be engrossed on the expert level".
Martin Naville, Director of the Swiss-American chamber of Commerce, says Ueli Maurer's appointment in the White house Tamedia: "The Meeting shows that the free trade agreement is arrived at the top political level."
Previous Attempts, such a free trade agreement failed in the past.
United States major trading partner
For Switzerland, the United States is an important trading partner. In Switzerland, the United States sold in 2018 to a value of 20.9 billion francs. Switzerland, however, the United States Were for around 40 billion Swiss francs. You are, after Germany, the second most important trading partner.
in particular, pharmaceutical products from Switzerland are in great demand: they make up around half of all exports to the United States. Then precision instruments, clocks, watches and jewellery follow.
The most important goods imported into Switzerland and the USA, precious metals, precious stones and gems from the USA with a share of around 36 percent.
in General, it shows that the trading volume increased with the USA since the 1990s, steadily.
at the same time, the total trade grew strongly. How important is the USA are really for the Swiss economy, in the proportions of the goods flows: approximately 13 percent of Swiss exports went to 2018 in the United States, 7.6 per cent of imported Goods came from the USA.
The Export to the United States for Switzerland in the past years more and more important. Already at the beginning of the 2000s, approximately 12 percent of the exports went to the United States. In the result, the export share of around fluctuated around 10 percent. In 2013, he was still at 7.6 percent.
Also, the share of imports from the United States changed in the past few years. The low point was in 2011, where just under 5 per cent of the Goods came from the United States, culminating in 2016 with 9 percent. By the year 2018, he fell again to around 7.6 percent. (Editorial Tamedia)
Created: 16.05.2019, 11:18 PM