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Trade Agreements Between Us And Switzerland

The conclusion of free trade agreements is the stated goal of the U.S. government. It continues to work with like-minded countries to promote fair competition in the marketplace, and its official trade agenda states that these nations will find «a true friend and ally» of the government. However, the United States has not yet reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) and the trade conflict with China is intensifying. For its part, Switzerland is feeling the effects, as the World Trade Organisation loses its importance: multilateral trade liberalisation has slowed down markedly and an agreement with the country`s largest trading partner, the EU, is at stake. Patrick Dümmler, Senior Fellow and co-author of the new Avenir Suisse study, points out: «Signs of an agreement between the United States and Switzerland have been virtually non-existent for a long time. Beyond the recently signed apprenticeship agreement, the shared values of the United States and Switzerland make the two countries natural and forward-looking economic partners. Indeed, the pursuit of a free trade agreement between the United States and Switzerland would be a strategic step of openness and a pragmatic element to advance the government`s trade agenda, «a fairer and more efficient global economy». The Trump administration should prioritize its quest for a trade and investment pact with Switzerland. These bilateral agreements between the EU and Switzerland are currently managed by some twenty joint committees. Types of cumulation: bilateral cumulation: only with matters of both (bilateral) partners (e.g.B.

Switzerland-Japan or EFTA-Colombia). Diagonal cumulation: possible with materials from several free trade partners, provided that all apply the same rules of country of origin (e.g.B. EU-EFTA-Turkey). Euro-Med cumulation: it is also possible to do this with materials originating in the Mediterranean countries, provided that all the free trade partners concerned apply the same country of origin rules and that there are agreements between them. Participating countries: Egypt, Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as the Faroe Islands. With effect from 1 January 2012, the following Western Balkan countries were also included in the Euro-Med cumulation area: Albania, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia. Cumulation is not yet possible for trade with the EU, nor does it apply to agricultural products listed in Chapters 1 to 24. Pan-European cumulation: with materials originating in EFTA, the EU or Turkey. Total cumulation: the appropriate processing must not take place in the customs territory of a single country, but may take place throughout the territorial territory of a free trade agreement. Total cumulation is only provided for under the EFTA-Tunisia Free Trade Agreement. Memo to Bern and Washington: you have a unique opportunity to create a free trade partnership that would benefit both economies. Let`s put that in place.

In 2006, when Switzerland decided not to open formal negotiations for a free trade agreement with the United States, the main aim was to protect the Swiss agricultural sector from imported American products. Swiss opinions on the inferior quality of the United States and concerns about a more lax American quality. . . .

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