MERCOSUR

Mercosur is the abbreviated name for the common market in South America. The member countries are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The following countries are associated members: Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia, Ecuador.

CE marking

The CE marking serves as proof that a product meets the basic health and safety requirements under EU law, and that the necessary conformity assessment procedures have been performed. CE marking is mandatory for all goods covered by the 20 or so EU directives under...

GATT

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of the WTO

GATS

General Agreement on Trade in Services The GATS is a contract of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulating trade in services. Together with the General Agreement on Trades and Tariffs (GATT 94) and the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property...

FIATA

The acronym FIATA stands for the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimiliés (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations). This international federation of freight forwarders represents the interests of the industry...

Double taxation agreements

Double taxation agreements (DTAs) avoid earnings and assets being taxed in two countries. They can be particularly helpful in ensuring that the Swiss economy does not suffer any disadvantage compared to foreign competitors. Switzerland has concluded agreements with...

EXPORT CONTROLS

The Goods Control Ordinance (GKV) regulates the export of dual-use goods as well as military goods that are not subject to the War Material Act, such as simulators. The GKV implements decisions of international agreements and non-binding international control...

CMR

The “Convention de Genève relative au contrat de transport international de Marchandises par Route” (CMR) is the convention on the contract for the international carriage of goods by road. The document regulates the responsibilities and liabilities of the...

CITES

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The import and export of such species is prohibited. CITES – Wild Fauna and Flora

DUAL USE

Dual-use goods (civilian and military). These types of goods usually require an export licence from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.

ASEAN

An association of ten independent South East Asian nations, ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) was founded in August 1967 in Bangkok by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei joined the association in 1984, followed by...

FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS

Free trade agreements are international treaties concluded between two parties (individual countries or transnational groupings) in order to safeguard free trade. Free trade agreements are designed to improve business links with important partners around the world....

Bilateral Agreements

Bilateral Agreements between Switzerland and the European Union (I und II) The Bilateral Agreements I are a package of seven sectoral agreements which Switzerland and the European Union (EU) negotiated between 1994 and 1998 in the areas of research, agriculture, civil...

EFTA

The EFTA is an intergovernmental organization set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. The Association is based on the EFTA Convention and a worldwide...

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