Digital customs clearance in Switzerland: Passar will replace e-dec and NCTS

News 12 July 2021

The new goods traffic system Passar will replace the current systems e-dec and NCTS, shaping the future of digital customs clearance in Switzerland.

DaziT – The digital transformation program

The digital transformation is currently the main topic at the Swiss Federal Customs Administration (FCA). The key element of this comprehensive transformation is the DaziT program. DaziT was officially launched on 1 January 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2026. The main goals of this program are:

  • to digitize all customs processes
  • to further simplify and accelerate cross-border trade and
  • to increase security for the people, the economy, and the state.

Passar – The new goods traffic system

As part of the DaziT program, the existing e-dec import/export and NCTS arrival/departure systems will be replaced by the new goods traffic system Passar. In addition to merging the two systems, the overall customs declaration processes are to be simplified, harmonized, and fully digitalized.

In the future, goods must be registered via Passar before crossing the border. The declaration can be created directly in Passar via the appropriate UI or alternatively via a B2B interface and is activated when the border is crossed. This can be done either manually or automatically via a smartphone app (Activ and Periodic).

DaziT Roadmap

The main applications will be put into operation between 2022 and 2025.  As things stand now, the national and international transit systems (NCTS) will be launched in parallel operation on the new platform from 1 June 2023 and are expected to replace the current environment by the end of 2023. Adaptations in the e-dec applications (import/export) are to follow until 2025. Find more information on the DaziT implementation schedule on the Swiss Federal Customs Administration's (FCA) website.

DaziT working group "Software Development"

The Swiss customs administration has organized the working group "Software Development” for software providers. Of course, MIC regularly participates in these meetings to actively shape the planned innovations. We will also use the changes in the new goods traffic system as an opportunity to further develop our software solutions technologically.

Currently the project is on an early stage and the information is still changing accordingly. However, we will keep our clients informed about the most important changes on a regular basis. For more information about the DaziT program please visit the Swiss Federal Customs Administration’s (FCA) website.

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