Tasks of the Federal Customs Administration

The customs and the uniformed and armed Swiss Border Guard (SBG) perform various tasks for the state, the economy and the population.

Contribution towards national security

Combat illegal activities

Increased security by way of mobile presence in the border regions; combat of crime and illegal migration (e.g. people and vehicle searches); combat against drug trafficking and document forgery etc.

Protecting the population and the environment

Food inspection at the border; protection of animals, plants and endangered species; inspection of traffic carrying hazardous goods and radioactive and poisonous substances; precious metal assaying etc.

Public security

Control of the trafficking in arms and combat equipment as well as of goods used for both military and civil aims and explosive substances; enforcement of traffic regulations for incoming and outgoing traffic; enforcement of embargoes etc.

Economic tasks

Protection and checks

Control of the import and export of certain goods, protection of agriculture; protection of trade marks, indications of geographical origin, design and copy rights; national economic supply etc.


Customs duties; value added tax; mineral oil, car, tobacco and beer taxes; spirits tax; incentive tax, heavy vehicle tax and national road tax etc.

Various services

Statistics on foreign trade and transit traffic etc.

Cooperation with foreign authorities and organizations

International transit; official and legal assistance; participation in international missions etc.