Customs Netherlands adopted in 2014 a future vision for customs supervision: ‘Pushing Boundaries’. An update of this enforcement vision is presented in the whitepaper Pushing Boundaries. Future vision for customs supervision: principles, developments and results.
The future vision ‘Pushing Boundaries’ centres on one hundred per cent supervision, with a reduced number of logistical interventions for bonafide businesses. It is against this background that Customs aims to automatically check larger volumes of goods flows based on the auto-detection of data and goods in order to avoid unnecessary logistical delays. And if the equipment is not yet able to detect certain risks, we adapt the place, time and nature of enforcement to the level of knowledge Customs has of the commercial chains, the proven reliability of economic operators and the nature of the goods.
This whitepaper sets out the developments within this vision that have been started and implemented since the introduction of Pushing Boundaries. Many of these developments are tested in a laboratory or research environment, in collaboration with science, technology producers and industry. Only when a process is ready for implementation will Customs and the business community start to notice it. It should be noted that most of these innovations only gradually lead to changes, which is why we also refer to changes 'under the hood'.