IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 01 Jan 2015 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import quota

On 6 November 2013, the Federal Council passed a new law on the quota allocation of slaughtered animals. According to the current quota regime, all quanties are allocated via an auctioning mechanism. Even though the quota is restrictive in trade, the distribution mechanism is fair and does not discriminate between different importers and domestic firms.
 

From 1 January 2015, 40 percent of the quota will be passed directly to domestic slaughterhouses. Between these companies, the quantity will be distributed based on the amount of slaughtered beef, goat, horse and sheep.
 

This new regulation restricts competition because it gives a preferential access to established domestic slaughterhouses and thereby restricts the foreign meat production. Even though the overall quota level is untouched, this measure indirectly shrinks the import of meat (slaughtered animals). The quota for foreign companies and therefore their the potential meat import decreases to 60 percent of the initial value.
 
It is also very likely that this measure will increase the auctioning price and further deteriorate the situation for meat importers with respect to swiss producers. 
 

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

211 Meat & meat products
0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.
020110 Carcasses and halfcarcasses
020120 Other cuts with bone in
020130 Boneless
0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.
020230 Boneless
0204 Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen.
020410 Carcasses and halfcarcasses of lamb, fresh or chilled
020422 Other cuts with bone in
020423 Boneless
020442 Other cuts with bone in
020443 Boneless
020450 Meat of goats
0205 Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen.
020500 Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen.

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