2024 - Mar 29, 2024

Event report – The 7th Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement Roundtable

๐ŸŒ On March 27th, Swiss Centers held the 7๐ญ๐ก ๐’๐ข๐ง๐จ-๐’๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐“๐ซ๐š๐๐ž ๐€๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ (๐…๐“๐€) ๐‘๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž in collaboration with the Swiss Consulate in Shanghai and with the support from the Universitรคt St.Gallen (HSG), the Waigaoqiao Group, andย SwissCham China.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the SSFTA, Istvan Koscis, Deputy Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, highlighted the special and continuously deepening trade relationship between China and Switzerland and the great growth of Sino-Swiss trade over the past 10 years thanks to the FTA in his keynote speech.

โœ… Following the keynote addresses, Liu Jiemin, Deputy Chief of the General Tariffs Office of Shanghai Customs, provided valuable insights into newly implemented regulations spanning 2020 to 2023. Her presentation on the steps becoming an approved exporter and navigating the enhanced functionalities of the customs website proved immensely informative for attendees seeking to streamline their trade processes.

๐Ÿ“ˆ Prof. Dr.ย Patrick Ziltener‘s presentation of the SSFTA 2023 Academic Evaluation Reportย  (click here to download) offered a comprehensive analysis of the agreement’s impact. While the report revealed a relatively low utilization rate of the FTA from Chinese exports, there was a notable uptick in the utilization rate in Swiss exports to China from 58% to 71%.

Our ownย Lucky Dingย shared real-world case studies encountered by clients sparking discussions on overcoming challenges in trade operations providing a platform for participants to exchange insights.

As we reflect on a decade of the SSFTA, it’s evident that this agreement has been instrumental in fostering economic cooperation and driving mutual prosperity. We look forward to the next steps in upgrading theย #FTAย between Switzerland and China, facilitating further growth trade and Sino-Swiss economic relations in the years to come! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
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