ANNOUNCEMENT 12 Jun 2009
In June 2009, the Swiss government announced a change in import formalities.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
1) Bundesgesetz über technische Handelshemmnisse, THG (http://www.seco.admin.ch/themen/00513/00730/00731/index.html?lang=de)
2) Änderunge des Bundesgesetzes für technische Handelshemmnisse, THG (http://www.seco.admin.ch/themen/00513/00730/01220/index.html?lang=de)
3) NZZ article on 17 August 2009 (http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/schweiz/bekaempfter_angriff_auf_die_hochpreisinsel_1.3353681.html)
On 12 June 2009, the National Council and the Council of States adopted a bill that revises the technical barriers to trade act (THG). The essence of the bill is the introduction of the so-called 'Cassis-de-Dijon' principle. After coming into effect, products that can legally be bought in the EC and EEA can in principle circulate in Switzerland without additional control. Exceptions in order to protect public interests exist and will be enumerated. Moreover, imports of EC/EEA food products that do not comply with Swiss provisions need to get a first approval from the Federal Office of Public Health.
The following measures will be adopted so that Swiss producers are not discriminated against by EC/EEA producers:
On 19 May 2010, the Federal Council approved the changes proposed in the revision of the THG. It will enter into force on 1 July 2010.
Our assignment of the measure is thatthe Cassis-de-Dijon principle reduces technical barriers to trade and associated forms of discrimination.