Customs legislation is being revised as part of the DaziT digitalisation and transformation programme.
Information on the revision of the law (in French, German and Italian)
The most important legal foundations for the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security are customs law and customs tariff law.
Customs law essentially comprises the Customs Act of 18 March 2005, the Customs Ordinance, the Customs Ordinance of the Federal Department of Finance and the Customs Ordinance of the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security.
The Customs Act governs:
The customs procedures are broadly in keeping with those of the European Union and are envisaged for the following customs legal provisions: release into free circulation, transit, customs warehouses, temporary admission, inward and outward processing, and export.
Fundamentally all goods that are brought across the customs border must be declared for customs assessment and procedures to the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security. Simplifications in tourist traffic and in commercial goods traffic are possible.
Even after Switzerland's accession to Schengen, customs checks are carried out because Switzerland does not constitute a customs union with the European Union.
The currently valid customs law entered into force on 1 May 2007.
The Customs Tariff Act contains the legal principles relating to the customs tariff principles with the general tariff (legally permitted top rates) and the working tariff (currently applicable duty rates).
Legal foundations by topic:
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