Trade: Japan to Switzerland

Swiss imports from Japan (2016)


Total Swiss imports from Japan increased 13.5% in 2016 from the previous year to CHF 3,954 Mio.

Product groups / Year

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total trade (Total 2)

3'105

3'503

4'170

3'597

3'681

4'144

4'731

3'753

3'660

3'483

3'954

01 - Forestry, fisheries and agricultural products

15

18

17

13

18

24

15

19

18

18

21

02 - Energy source

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

03 - Textiles, clothing, shoes

16

22

22

20

24

18

23

20

20

23

21

04 - Printing industry

6

7

8

5

5

3

7

5

6

6

7

05 - Leather, rubber, plastics

56

55

62

50

67

72

95

89

91

73

82

06 - Chemical and pharmaceutical products

577

619

649

626

692

708

963

846

773

739

726

07 - Stones and earth

9

9

11

12

16

15

18

17

17

15

14

08 - Metals

86

114

91

61

70

85

113

115

114

99

105

09 - Machines, appliances, electronics

566

467

452

389

398

430

773

715

697

615

615

10 - Vehicles

941

945

942

998

1'050

867

925

656

669

642

673

11 - Instruments, watches and jewellery

321

414

693

593

880

1'223

859

773

814

829

822

12 - Various goods

23

22

24

25

20

21

38

29

33

25

30

13 - Precious metals and gemstones

488

810

1'192

803

439

677

895

466

403

388

828

14 - Works of art and antiques

2

1

7

3

2

2

7

2

6

11

11


In CHF Mio.

Main groups of products imported in Switzerland from Japan are chemicals (18% of total imports), instruments, watches, jewelry (21%), machines, appliances, electronics (16%), vehicles (17%) and precious metals (21%).



Imports of vehicles increased 4.9%, whereas imports of instruments, watches, jewelry (-0.9%), of chemicals (-1.8%) declined. Machines, appliances, electronics remained stable (+0.1%). Precious metals (mostly gold) strongly increased (+113.1%), however gold trade is subject to substantial variations in time as we can see on the following chart.




1.5% of total Swiss imports originated from Japan in 2016. Swiss imports are still mostly coming from the EU ( 55.8%)
Japan is the third largest provider of Swiss imports from Asia (after China and Hong Kong).




Source: Swiss Federal Customs Administration