Swiss Customs is shortening its opening hours

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Kanton AargauSwiss Customs is shortening its opening hours

In the future, the Stein and Koblenz border crossings in the canton of Aargau should no longer be manned at off-peak times. This is due to a lack of staff, as employees report.

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The federal government wants to reduce further opening hours on the border with Germany in the canton of Aargau. According to employees, the reason for this is the ongoing shortage of staff.

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On Monday, the reduction in performance at the borders was an issue in the National Council.  The question arose as to what the restriction plans at the border would look like.

On Monday, the reduction in performance at the borders was an issue in the National Council. The question arose as to what the restriction plans at the border would look like.

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According to the Finance Department, the Stein and Koblenz border crossings would only be

According to the Finance Department, the Stein and Koblenz border crossings would only be “occasionally used for clearance” at off-peak times. The BAZG is therefore examining an adjustment to the opening hours.

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That’s what it’s about

  • The federal government wants to further reduce customs opening times at the Swiss border.

  • This is because the border crossings in Stein and Koblenz are only occasionally used for clearance at off-peak times.

  • According to employees, the reason for this is a lack of staff.

On the border with Germany, the Opening times will be shortened. According to the employees, the reason for this is the ongoing shortage of staff: “We are on the fence about it, there is a lack of staff everywhere,” says an employee of the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (BAZG), the newspapers report CH Media.

On Monday, the reduction in services at the borders was an issue in the National Council: the head of the Garanto union, Sarah Wyss, wanted to know exactly what the restriction plans at the border look like and what else are planned.

Border crossings only occasionally used

According to the response from the finance department, the Stein and Koblenz border crossings would only be “used occasionally for clearance” at off-peak times. In Stein, there would be around two truck drivers with transit procedures at the counter at these times, and none in Koblenz. Therefore, the BAZG is examining an adjustment of the opening hours at off-peak times. At these times, travelers can use the “Quick-Zoll” app or write their own registration.

Digital customs declarations should soon be possible throughout Switzerland thanks to the “DaziT” transformation project. “A counter will then no longer be necessary on the Swiss side.” The goal: to find solutions that are compatible for business and travelers, to guarantee the flow of traffic and to keep loss of time to a minimum.

Control density decreases

With over 4,000 employees, the BAZG is the largest administrative unit under Federal Councilor Karin Keller-Suter (FDP). If the employees have their way, however, they are currently no longer able to perform many of their tasks optimally due to the tense personnel situation.

There is a lack of staff at many border posts and the density of controls is decreasing. The shortened opening hours are a clear consequence of this. In addition, customs experts and border guards are currently being made into a single profession, and the “Allegra” retraining required for this leads to a great deal of frustration and absences due to illness.

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