Free Trade

EFTA’s trade strategy has evolved progressively beyond the confines of the European continent. Since the late 1990s, the EFTA States have "gone global" with the objective of maintaining and strengthening their competitive position in the world. Through EFTA, the Member States have created one of the world's largest networks of preferential trade relations. EFTA's network of free trade agreements (FTAs) secures economic operators preferential access to markets currently of around 440 million consumers outside the European Union.

In This Section

Free Trade Map

This interactive map gives an overview of EFTA's preferential trade relations with partners worldwide. Click on any country shown in colour for more information. The borders shown are without prejudice to their legal status.

Free Trade Agreements

Since the early 1990s, the European Free Trade Association has established an extensive network of contractual free trade relations all over the world.

Ongoing Negotiations

The EFTA States are currently engaged in negotiations on free trade agreements with the following partners (processes up to the signing of the FTA):

Joint Declarations on Cooperation

In addition to Free Trade Agreements the EFTA States have concluded Joint Declarations on Cooperation with a number of partners.

Cooperation Programmes and Technical Assistance

In addition to the bilateral technical cooperation provided by the Member States, EFTA provides technical cooperation to assist our partner countries in harmonising their statutory frameworks and implementing current regulations to facilitate trade.

Customs and Origin

This page contains information regarding customs and origin matters in the EFTA States.

Trade Statistics

This section contains annually updated trade statistics for selected trading partners.

Chronology of FTA processes

Chronology of EFTA’s free trade agreements, declarations on cooperation, free trade negotiations and exploratory processes

FTAs and the WTO

The WTO’s monitoring of Free Trade Agreements.

Martin Zbinden
Deputy Secretary-General
Secretaries-General and Trade Relation Division

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