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Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau

Commodity trading

Located at the meeting point of many historic European trading routes, yet lacking mineral resources of its own, Switzerland has always relied heavily on external exchange. Today it is one of the world’s leading centres for trading commodities.

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These include metals, oil, coal and gas, coffee, sugar, cereals and cotton – most of which never enter Swiss soil. The sector also incorporates specialist fields from freight and trade finance to the inspection and certification of goods.

Key centres include the canton of Zug and the city of Geneva: in Europe second only to London for trading and shipping. Basel is home of the logistics sector as well as Switzerland’s merchant navy, the most modern in the world.

Among the global players found here are giants such as Nestlé, the world’s largest food company; its base is Vevey on Lake Geneva, but about 97% of staff work outside Switzerland. Many other multinational companies, such as Kraft, have chosen Switzerland as the site for their European headquarters.

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Visit Basel’s harbours.
The River Rhine offers Switzerland’s only direct access to the sea; the port in Basel, located on the borders with France and Switzerland, is the country’s leading goods transportation hub, responsible for more than 10 per cent of imports. Explore the harbours and the scenic stretches of river upstream and downstream on a scheduled cruise or a private charter boat trip.

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