Controls on dual-use goods

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

Key facts

The control environment is complex and international. Switzerland is a member of four international export control regimes. These regimes define, by mutual agreement, the categories and goods to be considered as “dual use”. This means that the goods in question may be used for both civilian and military purposes. To be able to export them, a licence is required from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). On average over the last five years, SECO has issued 1,744 licences for a financial volume of just under CHF 3 billion.