Passar 1.0

On 1 June 2023, the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS) will put the first version of the new goods traffic system Passar into operation. Passar is gradually replacing the current freight applications NCTS and e-dec. Find out what improvements and innovations Passar brings, and which companies can benefit from it.

Passar in brief

Passar is the name of the FOCBS's new goods traffic system for the digital processing of customs procedures. Passar will be put into operation in several stages from June 2023. By the end of 2026, all processes related to transit, exportation, importation, special customs clearance and the collection of other levies will be simplified, harmonised and fully digitalised. This is a key objective of the digitalisation and transformation programme DaziT.

What companies need to know

Advantages for businesses

The benefits for businesses are linked to the various expansion phases of Passar and its peripheral systems; their benefits will become progressively apparent as a result. The most significant phase will take place with Passar 2.0 (import) from early 2025.

Businesses will benefit on several levels:

  • The administrative burden (regulatory costs) is reduced thanks to the simplification and standardisation of processes.
  • End-to-end digitalisation will gradually introduce seamless processing and eliminate paper handling at the border, in particular.
  • Increased automation and the use of technological innovations will accelerate border crossings.
  • Processes at the counter will no longer be necessary: provided that those involved in the procedure use the digital solutions to process customs formalities and pay other levies (e.g. LSVA), in future those involved in the procedure will only have to stop at the border if checks are made.
  • Technological modernisation increases system security and stability. Compatibility with the EU remains guaranteed (NCTS Phase 5, ICS2).

The FOCBS will put Passar 1.0 into productive operation on 1 June 2023. Businesses can therefore use the new goods traffic system for transit and export from this date, as soon as the Passar functionalities have been implemented in the respective customs clearance software.

There is no set date for the changeover: NCTS can continue to be used until the end of November 2023 at the latest and e-dec Export until the end of June 2024 (transition phase). The transition periods have been agreed within the framework of the DaziT business advisory group.

The following milestones apply:

  • 01.06.2023: Launch of Passar 1.0, start of parallel operation for transit and exportation.
  • 01.10.2023: All authorised consignees are ready to receive transit declarations from Passar.
  • 31.10.2023: Last goods declaration for transit and exportation in NCTS (phase 4) Any open transits can be completed by the end of November using the search procedure.
  • 01.12.2023: Transit only with Passar, NCTS is deactivated.
  • 01.07.2024: Exportation only with Passar, e-dec Export is deactivated.
  • 01.01.2025: Launch of Passar 2.0, start of parallel operation for importation.
  • 01.07.2025: Transit, exportation and importation only with Passar, e-dec is deactivated.