Chamber of Commerce of Zurich

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Chamber of Commerce of Zurich
  • Country: Switzerland
  • City: Zurich
  • Type of organization: non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1873 (Chamber of Commerce) – 1911 (Arbitration) – 2007 (Mediation)
  • Interests: Arbitration - Conciliation - Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Economic Disputes

[edit] Description

[edit] Origin

The Zurich Chamber of Commerce (ZHK) was founded in 1873 as an economical association spanning all sectors of the economy and covers the cantons of Zurich, Schaffhausen and Zug. Its 1200 members represent a work force of around 200 000.

[edit] Purposes

Its purpose is the advancement of the economical conditions in its area.

  • The ZHK represents the region’s economy in national and international economical associations and organisations.
  • The ZHK informs its members monthly on the current economical policies and legal questions (newsletter) and polls their opinions in consultations.
  • The ZHK establishes certificates of origin, Carnets ATA and CITES certificates for the cantons of Zurich (excluding the Winterthur region), Zug and Schaffhausen.
  • The ZHK facilitates the initiation of business relations and serves as a platform for supply and demand (Business Opportunities).
  • The ZHK collects references of unfair business practices and informs about them.
  • The ZHK maintains a collection of documents that can provide answers to economically relevant questions, educates its members about worldwide importation regulations and organises educational sessions about international trading formalities.
  • The ZHK has amassed experience in national and international arbitration since 1911. (Schiedsgericht/Arbitration). Furthermore it offers an alternative procedure with which disputes can be resolved in mutual agreement (Mediation).
  • The ZHK awards German language diplomas for German speakers. (Deutschdiplom der Zürcher Handelskammer)

[edit] Arbitration

The Zurich Chamber of Commerce has amassed vast experience, dating back to 1911, through its arbitration institutions for out of court settlements of disputes between businesses and individuals in Switzerland and abroad.

Since January 1st, 2004 the international arbitration procedures of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce follow the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration set up in cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Neuchâtel.

Procedures between parties in Switzerland follow, as before, the rules of arbitration of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce. However, the parties to a domestic arbitration are free to choose the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration as the rules governing their arbitration.

[edit] Mediation

Since April 1st, 2007 the Zurich Chamber of Commerce together with the Chambers of Commerce of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Ticino and Vaud offers mediation procedures as a tool for resolving commercial conflicts. Mediation is a procedure with which disputes can be resolved in mutual agreement. Two or more parties ask a third person, the mediator, to help them come to an agreement, in order to put aside their dispute or prevent future conflicts. The mediator is neutral with regard to the cause of the dispute and independent from the involved parties. During the course of the mediation the mediator facilitates the exchange of opinions and encourages the parties to explore solutions that are acceptable to all sides. Contrary to an expert, the mediator does not offer his or her own views nor makes proposals like a conciliator, and unlike an arbitrator in an arbitration case, he or she does not render an award.

[edit] Contact

Bleicherweg 5, Postfach 3058 Zürich - Switzerland

Tel: (41) 1 217 40 50.

Fax: (41) 1 217 40 51


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