While often overlooked, the European Free Trade Association — composed of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland — actively seeks comprehensive bilateral FTAs much like its rivals the EU, the US, Japan, Canada or Australia. EFTA’s outward push towards FTAs is led and dominated by corporate powerhouse Switzerland, home to some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical, agricultural biotechnology, banking and insurance companies.

EFTA has established important bilateral FTAs with Chile (2003), Israel (1992), Jordan (2001), Korea (2005), Lebanon (2004), Mexico (2000), Morocco (1997), the Palestinian Authority (1998), Turkey (1991), Singapore (2002), Tunisia (2004), the Southern Africa Customs Union (2006), Egypt (2007), Canada (2007), the GCC (2008), Colombia (2008) and Peru (2008).

The group is currently negotiating FTAs with India, Indonesia, Thailand, Algeria and Pakistan. It is expected to launch talks shortly with Malaysia and Vietnam, while similar deals with Russia and Ukraine are planned for later.

last update: May 2012


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  • 20-Sep-2015 Georgia negotiates with EFTA to establish free trade area
    Georgia is taking another step forward cementing its relationship with the European Union (EU) and fulfilling its obligations regarding the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) to establish a free trade area with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries.
  • 13-Aug-2015 PDI Efta states asked to make PH their gateway to Asean
    The Philippines is willing to “provide more openings” in the local services sector for the four-member states of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) under a proposed free trade agreement (FTA), if the bloc makes the country its hub in or main gateway to the Asean.
  • 10-Mar-2015 Tax-News.com EFTA, Mercosur moot free trade agreement
    The European Free Trade Association (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein) and Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela) have agreed to initiate an exploratory dialogue with a view to possible future trade negotiations, EFTA said.
  • 17-Dec-2014 Tax-News EFTA states plan response to TTIP
    The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries could be faced with important challenges from the proposed European Union-United States free trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Swiss Federal Councillor Johan Schneider-Amman has said.
  • 19-Nov-2014 Tribune de Genève AELE : Le libre-échange avec l’Inde devrait s’accélérer
    Les ministres des pays membres de l’AELE (Suisse, Islande, Liechtenstein, Norvège) ont passé en revue l’avancement des négociations sur des accords de libre-échange avec plusieurs pays
  • 15-Oct-2014 PTI Switzerland hopes to resume India-EFTA free trade pact talks
    Switzerland today expressed hope that negotiations along with three other countries on broad-based trade and economic partnership agreement with India would resume at the earliest.
  • 28-Jan-2014 Trend Talks on free trade agreement among CU and EFTA countries held in Astana
    Negotiations on concluding a free trade agreement among the member-states of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and the countries of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) are under way.
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    Norway’s Supreme Court was wrong to rule that companies posting workers to the Norwegian shipbuilding industry must pay their travel, board and lodging expenses, argues the Efta Court’s President in a general attack on the Supreme Court. He accuses it of being disloyal to the EEA agreement and indicates the last word may still not been had.
  • 28-Jan-2013 European Free Trade Association and Customs Union negotiate on free trade agreement
    Kazakh city of Astana hosts the seventh round of negotiations on free trade agreement between the member states of the Customs Union (CU) and the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) on January 28-31, Kazakh Economy and Budget planning ministry reported on Monday.
  • 6-Nov-2012 AGEFI Dernière ligne droite vers le libre-échange Suisse-Malaisie
    Johann Schneider-Ammann a achevé lundi sa mission économique en Asie du Sud-Est et quitté Kuala Lumpur avec un succès en poche. Le conseiller fédéral peut lancer les négociations pour un accord de libre-échange entre l’AELE et la Malaisie.
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