ANNOUNCEMENT 17 May 2017
On 17 May 2017, the Swiss government adopted a message to revise numerous provisions regarding its processed agricultural products. It plans to implement them by 1 January 2019.
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Official press release (in German)
The message included the abolition of export subsidies for processed agricultural products. The parliament is planning to implement this abolition until 1 January 2019. Based on the provisions agreed by the WTO member states in Nairobi, it has time until the end of 2020.
This includes the abolition of the so-called "Schoggi-Gesetz" (cf. Related Measures).
At the same time, the government decided to provide production subsidies to milk and bread producers, "in order to maintain the value added in the food production" (own translation, official press release). It plans to provide annually roughly 67.9 million CHF (66.7 million USD).
The message also mentioned plans to simplify the approval procedure for the processing transport for milk and bread producers. The processing transport allows a simplified, duty-free import of raw materials used to produce goods which are going to be exported.
The move is supposed to make sure that "the exporting food industry continues to have sufficient access to international competitive raw materials" (own translation, official press release).