Contributed by: Henri Azar, General Manager – Switzerland
Globe Express Services Switzerland recently signed a new agreement with Swiss customs. This agreement allows GES to now have centralized in-house customs clearance capabilities regardless of the Swiss border involved with the cargo transit.
How will this work? A single Swiss customs office will handle the declarations sent by GES’ in-house brokers. In cases where a customs inspection is required, officers from the local Swiss customs office will involve colleagues on the concerned border to perform the necessary inspection. This physical control can be done within any warehouse that is partnered with GES and certified by Swiss customs. GES’ brokers will ask the truck drivers to stop at this designated location for inspection and if no inspection is required, the truck can proceed to deliver without making any stops.
GES Switzerland is the first forwarder in the French part of Switzerland to benefit from this agreement. This new setup will bring GES increased flexibility while increasing our advantage in the present market and actively managing our customers supply chain from A to Z. Globe Express Services currently we has six different locations certified by Swiss customs, including GVA and ZRH airports. Bardonnex (on the French border near Genève) will be added in the near future with plans to also add Basel and Chiasso.