Economic affairs and logistics
International logistics hub
The free trade agreement between Switzerland and China is expected to lead to increased movements of goods between the two countries. Basel is therefore planning to expand its leading role as important goods traffic hub for Shanghai. The requirements of the EuroAirport and the Rhine harbours have been explicitly mentioned in the 2014-2016 Memorandum of Understanding and have been given priority status.
Access to the Chinese market
BaselArea.swiss encourages innovation and promotes the cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura in North-West Switzerland. The ‘Accessing China’ service offered by BaselArea.swiss provides companies in the Basel region planning to expand into China with a host of comprehensive support measures from one source. The measures range from initial market evaluations and business trips to the provision of contact details of potential business partners. On top of this, BaselArea.swiss provides Chinese companies wanting to establish business activities in Basel with tailor-made support to help them take the right decisions.
EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
The EAP plans to introduce direct flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. This connection would expedite airfreight traffic with China, improve mobility between the two cities and promote business links. In addition, the EuroAirport intends to expand its position as a major hub in international air traffic.
Swiss Rhine harbours
The Swiss Rhine harbours (Schweizerische Rheinhäfen) and the Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority are stepping up their exchange and are planning to conclude a respective co-operation agreement. A letter of intent has already been signed. The aim of this co-operation is institutionalised exchange that also offers a platform for both harbours’ regional logistics partners.