Study: Effects of protectionism and globalization on exporters

Turbulent times: What threats and opportunities await internationally active Swiss companies? This question is answered by economics professors Simon J. Evenett (University of St. Gallen) and Patrick Ziltener (University of Zurich) in their study for Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE).

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Where is world trade heading?

The study offers SMEs guidance for their export strategies. In order to shine a light on the situation facing Swiss companies, it outlines global trends in trade policy, highlights the circumstances of seven important countries and regions and reveals the consequences for Swiss companies:

  1. Global trade policy between protectionism and “mega-regionals”
  2. European Union (EU)
  3. USA
  4. Japan
  5. China
  6. ASEAN
  7. South America (Mercosur)
  8. Australia and New Zealand

Analyzing individual cases and utilizing opportunities

Given the huge international uncertainty, Professors Ziltener and Evenett advise exporters to analyze precisely what exactly is changing for them on the ground. In individual cases, new agreements in the Asia-Pacific region or in Latin America could perhaps exert greater influence than the tariff policies of the USA or China.

At the same time, negotiations are being held for free trade agreements, or trade facilitation measures are coming into force, which could benefit Swiss companies. In 2018, they will also benefit from a number of new tariff reductions as part of the free trade agreement with China.

Do you have questions about the individual regulations in your target markets?

Take a look at the Global Trade Briefing from Switzerland Global Enterprise and the University of St. Gallen to see whether new regulations have been enacted in your industry or target market since 2017Go to Global Trade Briefing

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