Exporting to Switzerland after Brexit if there’s no deal

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

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.

Managing risk

Find out how UK businesses can manage risk when doing business in Switzerland.

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.

Selling services

New rules will apply if you sell services in Switzerland. Affected areas include:

  • cross-border trade
  • the structure of 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 Brexit enquiries
  • for support with exporting from the UK

Export opportunities

Find out about opportunities for exporting to Switzerland in our country guide on

Published 2 May 2019
Last updated 2 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated with link to new export guide for Switzerland on and link to Overseas Business Risk report.

  2. First published.