Free Trade Agreement Schweiz China

With the free trade agreement, China grants concessions to most Swiss products with export potential for agricultural products (exempt or reduced customs duties); namely for dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, skimmed milk powder and butter, dried beef products and processed products such as chocolate, baby food, biscuits, jams, roasted coffee, candied sugar, ice cream, soft drinks and wine. Exceptions to liberalisation are, for example, milk powder and tobacco products. The free trade agreement also provides for measures to be taken by customs authorities to combat counterfeiting and piracy. The limit measures apply to trademark and copyright infringements as well as patents and design infringements. Switzerland`s economic relations with China date back to the late eighteenth century, when colonial powers made foreign concessions in China and Swiss traders benefited from consular protection, unequal contracts and extraterritorial rights. .