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Consulting
Consultancy
Consultancy

Analysis
Strategy
Implementation

Contacts
Contacts
Contacts

Business Partners / Companies
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Trade Fair Participants

Network
Network
Network

Swiss Business Hubs, Embassies, Chambers of Commerce, Experts,
Export Platforms, Commercial Associations, Partners

Go International
Go International
Go International
Export Preparation

You are in the process of internationalisation and have a number of questions on export business. You are looking for support and answers from experienced specialists. You are aware that sound preparation is key to success abroad. Our services support you, the entrepreneur, in finding the right approach.

Country Analysis

Choosing the right market and really understanding that market is a challenging task. We will help you to achieve this with our network and many years of experience. Only the entrepreneurs who invest in the correct markets will achieve success.

Market Entry

You want to build up your market presence quickly and in an optimal way. A professional analysis and clarification of potential are the key to your success. Together with our specialists, you will arrive at recommendations as to how your company can best tap into the market.

Business Partners

Success abroad depends almost entirely on the correct business partners in the marketplace. Take some time and identify precisely which partnership is the best one for you. We can open doors to interesting business partners and pave the way for collaborations thanks to our network of contacts.

Global Implementation

You want to strengthen your international market presence and open up other countries or optimise existing markets. Our services cover over 100 countries, providing information, consultancy and contacts. We know the problems involved with local implementation and can support you with the optimum preparation for this.

Consulting
Marketing Support
Marketing Support
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Marketing Support

Do you require support with a customer event, a trade fair or another marketing activity in your target country? Our network will be able to provide you with all the advice and assistance you need, on request.

SALES SUPPORT
Are you planning particular promotional activities or similar for your target market? Maybe together with other Swiss companies? Or do you require a regular flow of information temporarily? Why not explore the support options we have to offer?

EVENT SUPPORT
Individual trade fair participations, customer events, etc. We can accompany you and support you with our employees and experts on site.

PUBLIC TENDERSEach year, the public authorities award contracts that are put out to public tender and offer interesting export possibilities for Swiss SMEs in all industry sectors.
The tendering platform http://www.tenders.ch continuously collects national and international business possibilities and tenders.

Public tenders around the world represent interesting export opportunities for Swiss SMEs. But how do you find out about them? The tendering platform and online databank tenders.ch is the simple and clever answer.
You have the option to store company-specific search profiles in order to access the information quickly and in a targeted manner.

TRANSLATIONS
Are you looking for a trustworthy person to interpret for you during business meetings? Particularly in countries such as China and Japan, this can essentially shape the success of your business.
Or would you like to review the translation of a contract?
We have a network of trusted contacts.

Globale umsetzung
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Consulting
Basic Consulting
Basic Consulting
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Basic Consulting

The basic consulting service entails a personal discussion with a Switzerland Global Enterprise consultant. We will examine your export idea specifically and individually. You will receive initial information and answers to your questions or a second opinion.

These consultations can be arranged at any time. You can decide whether these meetings should take place at your offices or at Switzerland Global Enterprise's offices in Zurich, Lausanne or Lugano.

Our basic consulting service is part of our public service and is therefore free of charge.

Exportvorbereitung
Geschäftspartner
Globale umsetzung
Länderanalyse
Markteintritt
Information
Enterprise Europe Network
Enterprise Europe Network
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Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network – easy access to EU information.
As an Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) partner, Switzerland Global Enterprise is able to access a wide range of information relating to business transactions with the member states of the European Union.

Partner

Exportvorbereitung
Network
Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce
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Chambers of Commerce

In Switzerland, Switzerland Global Enterprise cooperates with the cantons' chambers of industry and commerce as well as the Wirtschaftskammer Liechtenstein (chamber of commerce for Liechtenstein). The collaboration with regionally anchored organisations provides companies with easy access to the services of the chambers of industry and commerce and Switzerland Global Enterprise in one location.

BILATERAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
The bilateral chambers of commerce – whether in Switzerland and/or abroad – likewise have the objective of supporting Swiss companies entering the market. Switzerland Global Enterprise and SwissCham (umbrella organisation) cooperate on various projects to utilise the synergies more efficiently for the benefit of the Swiss and Liechtenstein-based companies.

SOURCES AND ADDITIONAL LINKS
Swiss chambers of industry and commerce
SWISSFIRMS
SwissCham

Network
Experts
Experts
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Experts

The Expert Directory is the online directory for internationalisation and export experts. The Expert Directory is part of the range of services provided by Switzerland Global Enterprise and enables Swiss and Liechtenstein-based companies to find experts for export and internationalisation projects free of charge, easily and quickly.

Contacts
Trade Fair Participation
Trade Fair Participation
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Trade Fair Participation

Imagine that your company is prominently represented at an international trade fair – and that you can achieve this with the minimum amount of effort required on your part.

At the start of the trade fair, you enter precisely the booth that you prepared together with your contact person from Switzerland Global Enterprise. Everything has been installed and is functioning perfectly. And due to the prominent positioning of the SWISS Pavilion, your company gets the maximum possible attention for its products, innovations and services.

FUNDS FOR TRADE FAIRS AND PROJECTS
Export promotion takes place in the face of increasingly globalised competition. To support the market presence of Swiss companies, Switzerland Global Enterprise provides subsidies that can be used for joint promotion of exports abroad.

Geschäftspartner
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Consulting
Human Resources Management
Human Resources Management
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Human Resources Management

Do you have any questions regarding staff recruitment or cultural peculiarities in your target market? We have all the answers you need, know about agencies and seminars and boast a wealth of experience.

  • staff recruitment
  • cultural peculiarities
Geschäftspartner
Globale umsetzung
Network
Embassies
Embassies
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Embassies

The Swiss embassies and consulates general abroad provide wide-ranging support. In the course of export promotion, they maintain a local network which can serve you as a company in many ways: procurement of information, providing organisations with contacts, access to official bodies, etc.

In the area of location promotion, they provide important services for potential investors in Switzerland.

Consulting
Market Finder
Market Finder
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Market Finder

Are you contemplating the best foreign markets for your products? Or which markets are still able to offer additional sales potential?
Market entry is costly and needs to be well-prepared. Our support may involve a simple country comparison or an intense strategic workshop for the evaluation.

ONLINE TOOL MARKET NAVIGATOR
Which export countries are suitable for my products & services?
Market potential depends on various factors. This online tool helps you to make an initial selection. It includes 100 countries and 30 indicators which you can weigh up individually.

To the tool

MARKET SELECTION FLASH
Country comparison for isolating potential markets based on specific criteria. Serves as a basis for making decisions about which market(s) should be put aside for in-depth clarifications of priority focus.

FIND YOUR MARKETS
You would like to develop a deeper strategy for your company, detailing how and where you will approach the foreign markets and with which priorities. In collaboration with a business consulting company, we will guide you in your new approach.

Länderanalyse
Information
Events
Events
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Events

Extend your knowledge of foreign markets and use our events to expand your network.

Exportvorbereitung
Länderanalyse
Markteintritt
Information
Online Tools
Online Tools
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Online Tools

Switzerland Global Enterprise can provide an extremely wide range of online tools which can assist you in various areas of internationalizationOur products are perfectly tailored toward successful international business. We offer you the right products and also offer access to our strong international network and extensive know-how. You can find more information here: https://www.credit-suisse.com/corporatesinternationalMORE...

Trade4Free

Duty-free in 6 steps - how to benefit from free trade agreementsAgreements are becoming increasingly important within the context of international commerce. Given the different written laws and forms of legal practice that exist across the world and the different interpretations of the law that are culturally conditioned, it is impossible to devote too much attention to devising “good” agreements. Model agreements have proven to be useful, particularly for companies with little experience in this area.. The tool will guide you through the process and help answer any questions you have regarding your product. At the end you will know whether you can export your goods under a FTA and therefore save customsCustoms duties are a form of tax payable to the State mainly when importing goods into a customs territory. From a protectionist perspective, protective duties play an important role as they are designed to afford domestic producers some protection against foreign competition. In most countries, customs duties are levied as an ad valorem duty, which means the level of duty payable is calculated as a percentage of the value of a given product. By contrast, Switzerland applies the “specific tariff” system for most goods. The specific tariff here is payable per 100 kg net weight. Given the numerous customs duty reductions under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT; now the World Trade Organization), customs are now much less important in terms of international trade. In Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Customs Administration (FCA) is responsible for levying customs duties. Internationally, customs administration authorities are members of the broader World Customs Organization (WCOOMD). duties in the country of destination.

Customs Database

Our Customs Database is a foreign trade portal for country-specific information on tariff and non-tariff trade measures. Switzerland Global Enterprise provides companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein free access to the modular database..

Market Navigator

Which export countries are well suited to my products and services? When identifying an export market, it is essential to first address a range of key questions. This online tool will help you with your initial selection. The tool comprises 100 countries and 30 indicators, which can be selected and assessed individually.

WarmUp2Export

The tool provides you with an opportunity to quickly assess your level of export fitness. You can establish this immediately yourself by answering a number of key questions regarding the main aspects of the internationalisation process.

xRisk

The tool makes it possible to list potential risks, with the option of adding your own categories. With this, companies can calculate the possible losses and their probability of occurrence in relation to net equity. Risks can be monitored over different time periods and export businesses can be subject to retrospective assessment.

Exportvorbereitung
Information
Countries, Sectors, Topics
Countries, Sectors, Topics
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Countries, Sectors, Topics

On www.s-ge.com, you can find a wealth of information on the countries, sectors and topics - whether this is current market news, country-specific information, sector-related national reports or similar.

Take advantage of our free e-newsletter «export.news.».

Are you looking for a suitable export country? Our new online tool Market Navigator will help you to make an initial selection.

Exportvorbereitung
Länderanalyse
Network
Associations
Associations
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Associations

Switzerland Global Enterprise and several Swiss industry associations cooperate on various projects to utilise the synergies more efficiently for the benefit of the Swiss and Liechtenstein-based companies.

Network
Export Platforms
Export Platforms
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Export Platforms

The Swiss export platforms

provide specific services regarding export subsidies in the projected sectors in addition to the offer to Switzerland Global Enterprise.

Information
ExportHelp
ExportHelp
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ExportHelp

ExportHelp – the first point of contact for all manner of export questions.

Please contact ExportHelp with any questions regarding export documents, Free Trade Agreements and originating status, VAT for the international movement of goods and services, customs clearance, CE markingThe 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 what is known as the New Approach in cases where these goods are to be put into circulation within the single European market or the European Economic Area (EEA). In many cases, CE marking can be carried out by the manufacturers themselves. The mark denotes neither quality nor origin; it is an administrative tool intended to promote the free movement of goods. This makes it a “technical passport”, valid within the single European market and the EEA.

As a result of the federal law relating to technical barriers to trade, Switzerland has already largely harmonised its product regulations with the corresponding EU legislation. There is still, however, no requirement for CE marking to be applied to goods in Switzerland. A Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) ensures that testing procedures, test certificates and conformity signs associated with CE marking are recognised by both parties. This avoids the need for double testing, saving both time and money. The MRA is part of the Bilateral Agreements I between Switzerland and the European Union which came into effect on 1st June 2002.

The individual European Directives stipulate whether and to what extent a product must show the CE marking. Producers are responsible to ensure that their products conform fully with all relevant directives. Presently, there are about 20 directives (New Approach Standardisation) on CE marking. They include:

Cableway installations designed to carry persons
Construction products
Electromagnetic compatibility
Equipment and protective systems in potentially explosive atmospheres
Explosives for civilian use
Lifts
Low voltage equipment
Machinery safety
Measuring instruments
Medical devices: Active implantable
Medical devices: General
Medical devices: In vitro diagnostic
New hot-water boilers fired with liquid or gaseous fluids (efficiency requirements)
Non-automatic weighing instruments
Packaging and packaging waste
Pressure equipment
Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment
Recreational craft
Simple pressure vessels
Toy safety
and the posting of individuals abroad. Qualified specialists with many years of export experience ensure that you receive support as quickly as possible.

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Exportvorbereitung
Länderanalyse
Markteintritt
Network
Swiss Business Hubs
Swiss Business Hubs
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Swiss Business Hubs

Switzerland Global Enterprise is represented abroad by Swiss Business Hubs (SBH). The majority of these local teams is based at a Swiss Embassy or Swiss Consulate-General.

Swiss Business Hubs are the extended arm of Switzerland Global Enterprise in the export country concerned. In addition, these hubs are responsible for promoting Switzerland as a business location abroad. All hubs have a first-rate network of contacts abroad on account of their official status.

Contacts
Fact-Finding-Trips
Fact-Finding-Trips
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Fact-Finding-Trips

Personal meetings and exchanging experiences and knowledge directly with potential business partners, official bodies or other market experts will round off your preliminary investigations. We are able to assist you with this - both in organisational terms and logistically – whether at home or abroad.

Our network can open up doors which otherwise would remain closed. We will help you to organise meetings and establish contacts with the local organisations and people that are important to you. If necessary, we can also accompany you personally on site or provide any translation services required.

  • Private fact-finding-trips
  • Group fact-finding-trips
Geschäftspartner
Globale umsetzung
Länderanalyse
Markteintritt
Consulting
Country Consulting
Country Consulting
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Country Consulting

Our country consulting service also offers an opportunity for individual consultings. Unlike our basic consultings, these are also attended by a local country expert. You can therefore discuss your plans and ask questions in a larger group. These are excellent sources of additional know-how.

Country consultings take place for each country at Switzerland Global Enterprise Zurich, Lausanne or Lugano several times a year.

Overview Country consultings

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Contacts
Distribution Partner Search
Distribution Partner Search
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Distribution Partner Search

Cooperation with the right sales and distribution partner abroad is crucial for your success on an export market. We will help you to identify possible representatives, dealers, agents and cooperation partners: the service extends from compiling a list of company addresses and the analysis thereof to personal verification of the contacts - precisely in accordance with your requirements.

EU COOPERATION DATABASE
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) maintains the largest cooperation database inside the European Union and associated countries. In the fields of business, research and technology, companies are able to publish their search profiles for free and distribute them across 49 countries.

UNCHECKED LONG LIST
An Unchecked Long List can help you, if you would like to get in touch with a larger number of business contacts. The addresses are from public sources, so Switzerland Global Enterprise cannot guarantee that they are correct or up-to-date. The availability and quality of such addresses differ from country to country.

CHECKED LONG LIST
A Checked Long List is suitable for specifically contacting a selected target group. You will receive a limited number of business contacts in the desired segment. We check that the contacts are up-to-date by telephone. We also evaluate the desired contacts with their personal contact details and record a few details about their area of activity.

SHORT LIST
Searching for a business partner to distribute your products or services can be most effectively done using a Short List. On the basis of your requirements we evaluate companies with matching profiles and test them according to certain criteria, e.g. product range, sales/marketing organisation, motivation for a new product, existing customer segments. As a result you will obtain two to four pre-analysed company profiles and can conduct further negotiations.

VERIFICATION 
Do you still require further details to assess the reliability of a possible business partner? Our local experts can obtain creditworthiness information for you, verify references and check memberships of federations and associations – precisely in accordance with your requirements.

Geschäftspartner
Consulting
Establishment of a company
Establishment of a company
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Establishment of a company

Open up a company in the country of exportation quickly, safely and with the minimum possible amount of bureaucracy, and save time and resources in the process. 

We will work with the relevant experts to assist you with each step of the process or even the entire process. Establishing companies in foreign markets can be a time-consuming process with many stumbling blocks, if you do not have precise knowledge of the local conditions.

 

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Consulting
Market Analysis
Market Analysis
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Market Analysis

It works in your favour to get to know the rules of a market. This knowledge forms the basis of a SWOT analysis for the market entry. It enables you to define your objectives as an equal partner alongside a distribution partner. You get to know early on how and when a market is changing.

MARKET FLASH
Market Flash will provide you with an initial informal assessment of the chances that exist for your products or services on the target market. You will be able to use this as a basis for targeted further market evaluations.

PRODUCT ANALYSIS
The Product Analysis will clarify the market requirements that exist for the product with respect to regulations and legislation and in cultural terms. You will receive, for example, information about approval conditions, labelling regulations and import regulationsImport regulations determine the requirements and approval conditions for importing goods (products, foodstuffs, animals) or services in terms of duties, definitions of goods and documentation. They are particularly used to restrict the amount or value of goods that can be imported and are normally based on international trade agreements or on regulations imposed by the country of importation.

More information on Swiss import regulations is available on the website of the Swiss Federal Customs Administration FCA: http://www.ezv.admin.ch/index.html?lang=en
and find out which colours and names are not appreciated in the local culture or religion.

CUSTOMER/INDUSTRY ANALYSIS
With this analysis you will gain an insight into the industry and/or customer segments you are targeting. Who are your potential customers and what are their needs? What are the trends in the sector and what is the market potential? How do the distribution and purchasing channels function?

COMPETITION ANALYSIS
Attempting to break into a market without knowing who the local competitors are is not recommended! A Competition Analysis not only identifies the competitors, but also evaluates their selling prices, marketing focus and distribution preferences.

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK
How will your potential customers in the target country react to your product – to the design and packaging, etc.? We will organise targeted product presentations for you, which will reflect initial customer perceptions.

STORE CHECK
You will receive information as to whether and how competing products (or similar products) are offered to clients at certain sales points. Store Check will provide you not only with information about prices, packaging sizes and the like, but will also give you an impression of the sales localities.

Geschäftspartner
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Länderanalyse
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Network
Partners
Partners
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Partners

Switzerland Global Enterprise makes alliances with knowledge partners so that it can provide consultancy for export-related topics.

Consulting
Legal Clarifications
Legal Clarifications
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Legal Clarifications

The legal situation in a foreign market may play a role in the internationalisation plans at an early stage, whether this is within the course of contractual matters (confidentiality agreements, letters of intent, cooperation agreements, etc.) or sanctions, embargos, etc.

We will clarify the relevant provisions for you

  • Regulations / Laws
  • Intellectual property
  • Labour laws

or we know solicitors/experts who you can contact.

Geschäftspartner
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