On 29 April 2020, the Federal Council announced that the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) expects that the lockdown easing measures adopted by the Federal Council on 16 April will lead to a noticeable increase in the movement of goods. In dialogue with the business community, existing measures have been optimised and expanded, and the next steps outlined to ensure rapid processing of commercial goods traffic at the border. The Federal Council was informed of this at its meeting on 29 April 2020. With the gradual easing of protective measures, cross-border trade in goods will now increase again. An increase in smuggling activities can also be expected, which is why the FCA will continue to carry out targeted risk-based checks. FCA measures include:

  • Proven measures maintained and extended
  • Accelerated border crossing for goods
  • Simplified procedures
  • Digitalisation (DaziT)

For details of each, please see the announcement.