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1 November 2014 THE BILATERAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CHINA AND SWITZERLAND A NEW WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES Studio Fiam S.A. Gestioni e consulenze aziendali DFK (SWITZERLAND) SA Via Frasca, 3 CH 6901 LUGANO Tel.: +41 (0) / Fax: +41 (0) Stabile Mercurio, Piazza C. Bernasconi, 5 CH CHIASSO Tel.: +41 (0) / Fax: +41 (0)

2 The Bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between China and Switzerland was concluded on 6 th July It came into force on 1st July To date, Switzerland is the largest economy with which China has signed an FTA, due to their strong and long-standing relationship (China signed also a free trade agreement with New Zeeland and with Iceland).

3 Switzerland as Swiss Hub Switzerland has concluded a bilateral free trade agreement with the European Union, which guarantee free movements of goods, capitals and people. Switzerland now has a network of 28 free trade agreement with 38 partners. Free Trade Agreements of Switzerland Europe Mediterranean basin Worldwide EFTA-Convention Turkey Mexico European Community (EC) Israel Singapore Faeroe Islands Palestinian Authority Chile Macedonia Morocco Republic of Korea Albania Jordan SACU Serbia Tunisia Canada Ukraine Lebanon Japan Montenegro Egypt Colombia Bosnia-Herzegovina Peru Hong Kong Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf China Central American States

4 Background China is the largest trading partner of Swiss industrial products in Asia and the third largest in the world (after the EU and the U.S.). The most important products imported from China are machinery, textiles and clothing, chemicals and watch components. The most important Swiss products exported to China include machinery, watches and instruments, as well as chemical and pharmaceutical products.

5 Resume The Bilateral Free Trade Agreement covers: - Industrial goods; - Services; - Intellectual property protection; - Investments.

6 Benefits Simplified access to the Chinese market, gaining an advantage over their European competitors. Legal certainty, protection of investment and protection of intellectual property. Hubs for European activities for Chinese companies. Consumers in China can expect more affordable Swiss goods, including cheese, luxury watches, chemicals and fine machinery.

7 Effects: Switzerland will abolish all customs duties on imports of Chinese industrial goods => immediately up to 99.7% of Chinese exports to Switzerland would be exempted from tariffs. China is abolishing or reducing the large majority of its customs duties on imported Swiss industrial goods, in whole or in part => approx. 84.2% of Swiss exports to China would achieve zero tariffs, in a transactional period of 5 to years. On agricultural and food products both sides will make concessions.

8 Rules of origin Rules of origin partly modified to get advantage of lower tariffs and duties. Switzerland China For lower tariffs, products have to be qualified as originated in Switzerland. China Switzerland For lower tariffs, products have to fulfill the rules of origin according to the new provisions of the Free Trade Agreement. Goods originating from both countries can be assembled together and then exported to one of the agreement countries as having Origin status.

9 Movement Certificate Switzerland China Form EUR.1 as before => There is no change in this respect. China Switzerland New movement certificate and new forms! the Certificate of Origin Form A no longer valid required information concerning the origin of the goods in China to be reported earlier with the appropriate documents (a movement certificate or an origin declaration). Any missing document may be submitted to the Swiss Customs Administration within 60 days. Local custom authorities can check the origin of the imported products in the country of exports (up to 3 years, after transaction).

10 Intellectual property protection The data protection is extended to: - 6 years for tests; - 10/25 years for industrial design. The FTA specifies actions, by custom authorities, to combat counterfeiting and piracy, for imports and/or exports of goods.

11 Investments In 2012, Swiss foreign direct investments into China moved up into the top 10 of foreign direct investments into China. Some 300 Swiss companies with over 700 branches are present in China, employing around 136,000 people in China as at year-end Swiss capital stock in China amounted to 8 billion Swiss francs in 2010 and 13 billion Swiss francs in Chinese foreign direct investments into Switzerland increased by almost 10 million US dollars to 84 million US dollars as per October In 2011, around 50 Chinese firms were present in Switzerland (twice as many as two years prior).

12 Financial Hub for renminbi transactions Thanks to the FTA, Switzerland could be well placed to act as a financial hub for future renminbi transactions. The People s Bank of China and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) has signed an agreement => renmimbi and Swiss francs can be purchased and repurchased between the two central banks. The deal would promote greater convenience of trade and investments between the two countries.

13 Why Switzerland? - Stable political, legal, fiscal framework - Central location - Business friendly authorities - Strong financial sector - Seat of many multinational headquarters for EU, Middle-East, Africa - Low tax country compared to the EU countries - Very large number of Tax Treaties (including China)

14 STUDIO FIAM SA / DFK (SWITZERLAND) SA can support you: - Advice on custom duties and rules of origin - Support on the determination of origin - Assistance in customs and origin management: issues and compliance - Support on filing of documents and information - Contact with relevant authorities and agencies - Fiscal, legal and financial advices - Support in setting-up a local presence (representative office / branch / company) - On going support (tax, accounting, pay-rolls, audit, companies administration)

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