The consultation period for the new Customs Act expired at the end of December 2020. Business associations, cantons, political parties and other stakeholders had the opportunity to submit their comments on the total revision of the Customs Act.
The majority welcomed the simplification, modernisation and digitalisation. An overall assessment was difficult for many, as the supplementary ordinances are currently still being processed. Clarifications and improvements were requested on many points. The lack of inclusion of the economy was also criticised.
From the political side, there were several concerns about data protection and excessive interference in the sovereignty of the cantons. There is a fear of creating an authority that exceeds the police powers of the cantonal police corps. The SP and the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB) speak of the creation of a customs police office and reject the proposed legislation.
Many industry associations welcome the proposed legislation, but are concerned that important procedures (e.g. processing traffic) will no longer be included in the new customs law and the associated ordinances or will have a different status.
The FCA will now compile a report on the results and make any necessary adjustments to the draft law. The Federal Council will approve this and submit it for further discussion with a report to the parliament.