Exporting to Switzerland after EU Exit if there’s no deal

Guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Switzerland if we leave the EU with no deal.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the UK government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, the government is continuing with no deal preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.

Trade agreement

The UK has agreed arrangements with Switzerland to ensure trade continues with minimal disruption after the UK leaves the EU.

The agreement can maintain the effects of the main EU-Switzerland agreements relating to trade if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Tariffs and quotas

Because the UK has agreed agreements with Switzerland, trade could continue with minimal changes to tariffs and quotas when the UK leaves the EU.

Controlled goods

The export licensing regulations for controlled goods will be affected.

Controlled goods include:

  • military items
  • dual-use items (items with both civil and military uses)
  • firearms

Find out how export licensing for controlled goods will change.

Professional services

If you are providing services in Switzerland you will need to be aware of rules regarding:

  • cross-border trade
  • establishing and structuring your business
  • business travel and visa requirements
  • recognition of professional qualifications
  • data protection


The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected.

Find out about the passport validity rules.

Sanctions and embargoes

Exports of certain categories of product to some countries are subject to embargoes or sanctions.


Get in touch with DIT:

  • to find a trade office near you
  • for EU Exit enquiries
  • for support with exporting from the UK

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Published 2 May 2019