Presentation customs at ZRH airport
The holistic DaziT transformation programme will systematically bring the FCA into the digital age by 2026. This will benefit the public, businesses and the state. Customs facilities will be simplified and fully digitised. Digital networking will mean improved security with respect to cross-border crime and irregular migration.
The programme designation "DaziT" stands for "Dazi", the Romansh word for customs, and for "transformation" whereas "IT", information technology, is what makes it possible.
DaziT is comprised of seven projects which are geared to strategic objectives and are the nexus for financial management. Parliament approved a guarantee credit of around CHF 400 million for its implementation in the autumn of 2017. The credit will be released in four tranches. The Director of the FCA, Christian Bock, is in charge of the overall programme and Vice-Director, Isabelle Emmenegger, is responsible for managing the programme.
Current state of progress
The DaziT programme was officially launched on 1 January 2018. In addition to programme and transformation management, three projects are currently in progress: ICT basis, Portal and client and Redesign freight.
The first two projects prepare the technical foundation of the new application environment and have no direct impact on third parties, at least not in their initial phase.
The Redesign freight project is a top priority for both businesses and the Federal Council. It includes the complete digitisation of the processes for the importation, exportation and transit of goods and allows for improved monitoring of the flows of goods. Business representatives are closely involved in the project. In 2018, the Redesign freight database sub-project will take centre stage. Its data model is based on international standards and will therefore facilitate exchanges with partners abroad. At the same time, the results of the Processes in goods traffic study are being explored for possible synergies with tax and duty processes (e.g. levying of mineral oil tax).
Before the effects of the DaziT projects themselves are felt, five pilot projects (quick wins) will be implemented in 2018. They should quickly create added value for the population, the economy and the state, and at the same time prepare the FCA for more complex projects by identifying obstacles in good time and taking suitable measures.
The first outcome was put into practice on time when the programme started on 1 January 2018. Businesses can now submit accompanying documents for customs declarations electronically. The new solution (WebGUI) is linked to the existing e-dec customs clearance system. It was developed in collaboration with business representatives using an agile method. Electronic accompanying documents is now being tested with pilot businesses and customs offices. An optimised version with an automated interface (web service) is planned for summer 2018.