Trade Mission to Switzerland | Geneva & Zurich

19 - 22 February 2018


Join our trade mission to Switzerland. This multi-sectoral mission will present Northern Ireland companies with the opportunity to expand into a new market, grow existing business relationships and support customers. This four day mission will be based in Geneva and Zurich.

Find out if your company is eligible by clicking on the Apply now link below and answering a few short questions.

Applications have closed.

We will update this page shortly with details of the companies attending.

About the Market

As a land-locked country with relatively few natural resources, Switzerland is heavily reliant on imports and is one of the UK’s top trading partners.

It is a mature and demanding market with a high level of R&D activity and in 2016 was ranked the “Most innovative country” for the sixth time in a row. Reliability, quality and value for money are the key values expected by buyers.

Although there are four main languages, English is widely spoken. The main business cities are Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Berne.

Sectors of particular interest are:

  • CERN procurement – includes electronics; advanced engineering; vacuum technology; cryogenic equipment; civil engineering; IT hardware; power supplies – converters, transformers, cables; magnets
  • UN and International Red Cross procurement – everything for use in the developing world and in humanitarian response - includes medical and laboratory supplies; pharmaceuticals; water testing, water purification, water pumping and storage; emergency shelter and basic domestic supplies; communications equipment, tools, generators
  • Healthcare – medical equipment and life sciences
  • Financial and professional services
  • Security – defence and security equipment, cyber security
  • Food and Drink – particularly meat and fish
  • Retail – fashion, giftware, luxury goods
  • ICT
  • Chemicals
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Strengths of the Swiss market include:

  • central location in Europe
  • excellent public infrastructure
  • multicultural market suitable for product testing
  • Europe's highest per capita income
  • innovative country with high spend on research and development (R&D) and technology
  • purchasing power is amongst the world's highest
  • reliable business, legal and regulatory environment
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Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS)

We are working with the Department for International Trade (DIT) team in Switzerland to identify relevant contacts and provide participants with planned meetings to introduce their products and services to key players in the markets.

While the 4 day mission will be based in Geneva and Zurich, travel to other parts of the region may be necessary for meetings, the Department for International Trade (DIT) Switzerland will advise on this subject and opportunities for NI companies in the market.

The cost of this service is heavily subsidised and would be £825 +VAT.

Benefits of Participation

  • Opportunity to access a new export market in Europe
  • Advice and support on Doing Business in Switzerland by a country expert
  • In-market support through the in-market DIT trade advisers in Switzerland
  • Direct insights into local market opportunities and conditions
  • Up to 50% contribution towards an economy airfare (up to a maximum of £150) *
  • Up to £75 per night towards accommodation – maximum 5 nights *

* Contribution towards airfares and accommodation is for one participant per company only

Please Note - De Minimis Statement

Companies who have exceeded their De Minimis aid limit will be unable to claim assistance towards travel, accommodation and in-market support for this mission. The maximum De Minimis aid any single recipient can receive is €200,000 (cash grant equivalent) over a 3 year fiscal period.

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