Top Switzerland Imports from the World
In 2018, Switzerland bought US$279.2 billion worth of imported products up by 1.5% since 2014 and up by 4.4% from 2017 to 2018.
Top 10 Swiss Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Switzerland amounted to
$57.8 billion or 20.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $8.5 billion
  2. Machinery: $7 billion
  3. Vehicles: $5.9 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $3.9 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $3.8 billion
  6. Plastics: $2.8 billion
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $2.6 billion
  8. Gems, precious metals: $2 billion
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $1.7 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $1.6 billion
Top 10 Swiss Imports from the UK

United Kingdom's exports to Switzerland were
$26.5 billion or 9.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $19.2 billion
  2. Organic chemicals: $2.6 billion
  3. Vehicles: $891.4 million
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $685.4 million
  5. Machinery: $489.6 million
  6. Collector items, art, antiques: $413 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $269.1 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $237.3 million
  9. Aircraft, spacecraft: $211.2 million
10. Clocks, watches: $210.5 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from the US

America's exports to Switzerland amounted to
$21.3 billion or 7.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $8.7 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $3.8 billion
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $1.9 billion
  4. Aircraft, spacecraft: $1.1 billion
  5. Machinery: $1.1 billion
  6. Vehicles: $869.7 million
  7. Collector items, art, antiques: $701.5 million
  8. Electronic equipment: $560.6 million
  9. Organic chemicals: $425.3 million
10. Plastics: $291.2 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from Italy

Italy's exports to Switzerland amounted to
$21.3 billion or 7.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $3.4 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $3.2 billion
  3. Machinery: $2 billion
  4. Vehicles: $964.1 million
  5. Plastics: $714.6 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $693.4 million
  7. Furniture, lighting, signs: $685.5 million
  8. Mineral fuels including oil: $684.5 million
  9. Iron and steel: $684.5 million
10. Beverages: $612.9 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from France

France's exports to Switzerland amounted to
$20.2 billion or 7.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $6.5 billion
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.8 billion
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $1.4 billion
  4. Machinery: $872.9 million
  5. Vehicles: $832.9 million
  6. Clocks, watches: $664.6 million
  7. Beverages: $546.1 million
  8. Collector items, art, antiques: $526.2 million
  9. Electronic equipment: $490.7 million
10. Plastics: $490.5 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from China

China's exports to Switzerland amounted to
$14.8 billion or 5.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $3.6 billion
  2. Machinery: $2.5 billion
  3. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $1.1 billion
  4. Organic chemicals: $941.6 million
  5. Clocks, watches: $799.2 million
  6. Knit or crochet clothing: $760 million
  7. Gems, precious metals: $490.2 million
  8. Furniture, lighting, signs: $489.9 million
  9. Toys, games: $436.9 million
10. Footwear: $408.9 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Switzerland were
$10.4 billion or 3.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $10.2 billion
  2. Clocks, watches: $116.2 million
  3. Aluminum: $21.3 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $4.6 million
  5. Machinery: $4.4 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $4.2 million
  7. Collector items, art, antiques: $2.9 million
  8. Aircraft, spacecraft: $2.5 million
  9. Knit or crochet clothing: $2.4 million
10. Iron or steel products: $1.8 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from Ireland

Ireland's exports to Switzerland amounted to
$8.8 billion or 3.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Organic chemicals: $4.7 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $3.3 billion
  3. Machinery: $236.6 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $171.3 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $92.8 million
  6. Meat: $65.7 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $57.7 million
  8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $54.9 million
  9. Plastics: $16.4 million
10. Fish: $15 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from Austria

Austria's exports to Switzerland amounted to
$8.5 billion or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $2.3 billion
  2. Machinery: $974.7 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $496.2 million
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $415.1 million
  5. Vehicles: $398.4 million
  6. Plastics: $385.8 million
  7. Wood: $354 million
  8. Paper: $326.5 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $313.1 million
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $253.4 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from Spain

Spain's exports to Switzerland amounted to
$5.7 billion or 2% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $2.2 billion
  2. Vehicles: $866.6 million
  3. Fruits, nuts: $370.8 million
  4. Collector items, art, antiques: $231.1 million
  5. Vegetables: $221.4 million
  6. Gems, precious metals: $164 million
  7. Organic chemicals: $160.1 million
  8. Beverages: $157 million
  9. Machinery: $153.8 million
10. Plastics: $100.7 million
Top 10 Swiss Imports from the Netherlands

Dutch exports to Switzerland amounted to
$5.5 billion or 2% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $617.3 million
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $602.4 million
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $496.1 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $483.7 million
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $351.7 million
  6. Plastics: $324 million
  7. Live trees and plants: $318.5 million
  8. Clocks, watches: $217 million
  9. Organic chemicals: $201.9 million
10. Vehicles: $194.8 million
Fastest-Growing Switzerland Imports 2018
Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
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Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis