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Swedish Customs requests increased funding for 2023–2025

Swedish Customs is currently expanding, with increasing pressures on IT development and the ongoing expansion of its operational activities. In the budget documentation for 2023–2025, Swedish Customs therefore requests increased funding.

In recent years, Swedish Customs has been allocated increased funding. This has greatly contributed to the ability of Swedish Customs to continue its mandatory development and improve results without losing momentum.

“To maintain its momentum in this expansive development phase, Swedish Customs continues to require increased resources”, says Charlotte Svensson, Director General of Swedish Customs. “Swedish Customs is under significant pressure. However, with increased resources we can engage in operations that contribute to a more secure and better functioning society. This is particularly important given current societal changes, with increased crime and growing trade.”

An important role in the fight against organised crime and the promotion of trade growth

Swedish Customs plays an important role in many parts of society that are currently undergoing change. There is an increase in crime and there is a significant link between drug trafficking, organised crime and increased number of shootings in the country. This is where Swedish Customs makes a difference. In addition, trade is growing; notably online trade and the number of import and export declarations. Increased flows mean that Swedish Customs must not only ensure that the legal flows are as smooth as possible, but also that there is a larger flow to control. This is a challenge for Swedish Customs, and streamlining our inspections is an important part of ongoing developments at Swedish Customs.

Resource-intensive digitalisation requirements

In the coming years, our efforts to build systems and online services to digitalise all aspects of EU customs processes will intensify. Once this process is complete, it will bring significant efficiency gains for trade within the EU. This is an obligatory IT development for Member States, with the majority of the systems expected to be operational by 2025. Until then, Swedish Customs will face growing investment needs and require additional funds to manage these costs without having to introduce cuts in other aspects of its operations.

Facts – Budget proposals

Each year, all public agencies are required to submit a budget proposal to the Government by 1 March. The budget proposal should contain a funding proposal for the agency’s operations for the following three years. The budget proposal submitted by Swedish Customs describes the positive development of its results and the challenges that it will face in the coming years.

The budget proposal is an important part of the Government’s preparations for the autumn draft budget. The draft budget establishes the funding allocation for Swedish Customs for the coming years.

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