Customs Service Mobile Groups

Project completed

The project will consistently contribute to EU border protection by improving the competencies and the operational mobility of the Polish Customs Service Mobile Groups of 4 Voivodeships located at the external EU-borders.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Enhanced security and safety
Border protection
01.05.2011 - 31.12.2016
CHF  2’847’755

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The Polish Custom Service does not have enough vehicles to perform control activities on the roads and swiftly move mobile groups during activities related to critical situation or extra-regional/international operations. The implementation of the project will bring the Polish Custom Service closer to work standards in other EU Member states.


The Polish Custom Service adheres to the standards of the EU “Strategy for Customs 2007+”, approved in 2007. The competencies and the operational efficiency of Polish Custom Mobile Groups of 4 Voivodeships located at the external EU-borders are improved and closer to the EU standards.

Target groups

Customs Service Mobile Groups of 4 Voivodeships located at the external EU-borders


The Project currently plans to equip the Customs Service Mobile Groups of 4 Regions located at the external EU-borders with 70 specially equipped vehicles. In addition, it would include several training and knowledge exchange activities, in particular with Swiss partners.


Achieved results:  

  • 460 customs officers trained on specific border protection interventions (x-ray imaging, driving techniques, language courses, crisis management)
  • Regional and international cooperation on customs issues is improved through participation of Polish customs officers (130) in regional and international workshops
  • Over 80% of customs officers of the mobile groups on the eastern Polish border have increased qualifications.
  • 105 specially equipped vehicles for the mobile groups of the Custom Services in use


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    2’847’755 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’830’518
Project phases

Phase 1 01.05.2011 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)