ANNOUNCEMENT 21 Mar 2022
In March 2022, the Swiss Federal Council announced a temporary increase of import tariff-rate quota for butter by 2'000 tonnes for the period 1 April until 31 December 2022 due to rising domestic demand.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Swiss Government, Federal Office for Agriculture, Press release, 21 March 2022, "Tariff quota for butter to be increased by 2,000 tonnes": https://www.blw.admin.ch/blw/de/home/services/medienmitteilungen.msg-id-87528.html
Fedlex, SR 916.01, Ordinance on the Importation of Agricultural Products ("Agrareinfuhrverordnung, AEV") of 26 October 2011 (as of 1 April 2022): https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/2011/770/de#art_36
Government of Switzerland, Swiss working tariff database, tariff line 0405.10 and 0405.90: https://xtares.admin.ch/tares/main/mainFormHandler.do;jsessionid=d42LfaaCZEXKW3xcz-kS861yjDt_LR_1pSD6NBPVuPHpmuEC8x36!-428294925?tnNummer=&kopfdaten.direction=import&kopfdaten.userCountryIso2Code=DE&kopfdaten.countryIso2Code=DE&kopfdaten.date=05.12.2021&tn=040510&search=Search&searchText=&searchTextD4=&sucheEntscheideD4RadioButton=volltext&searchTextD6=&chemicalSearchType=cas&chemicalField=
On 21 March 2022, the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) announced a regulation that introduces a temporary import tariff-rate quota increase of 2'000 tonnes for butter from 1 April 2022 to 31 December 2022. The total in-volume quota until 31 December 2022 is thus increased to 3'100 tonnes.
All products falling under tariff lines 0405.10.11, 0405.10.91, and 0405.90.10 are covered. The import tariff for products within the in-volume quota for tariff line 0405.10 is CHF 200/tonne (approx. USD 215), while for tariff line 0405.90 is CHF 300/tonne (approx. USD 322). For imports falling out of the in-quota volume, the import tariff amounts to CHF 16'420/tonne (approx. USD 17'617).
The import tariff quota on butter for 2022 was initially set at 100 tonnes. The increase here is the second temporary increase of the tariff import quota for 2022; see also the related state act for the first temporary increase in February 2022 by 1'000 tonnes.
This measure aims at meeting increased demand on the Swiss market that domestic production is not able to meet. The increased import volumes will be put up for auction, which is only open to Swiss importers. The domestic demand for butter is circa 40'000 tonnes per year, according to the FOAG.