If, during a supply shortage, measures within Switzerland are already exhausted or have not had the desired effect, essential goods can be cleared at certain border crossings outside the normal customs opening hours. The possibility of extending opening hours is primarily intended to make it easier to transport goods by road and applies only to imports which are urgently required owing to a supply shortage.
In such cases, the transport companies complete a special form which is published on the website of the Federal Customs Administration. The goods can be cleared for customs later on, within the stipulated deadline.
This measure is founded on the legal provisions issued by the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) and is closely coordinated with this office.