Main customs office in Oldenburg
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+++ Far more than 1.6 billion euros in revenue from customs, excise and traffic taxes (including motor vehicle tax) +++ More than 34 kilos of drugs were stolen from criminal trafficking +++ 8.5 million euros in economic damage from crime and fines Investigations of financial control undeclared work +++
Customs can no longer be reduced to their work at airports and seaports or at the border.
“Of course, border control remains an important part of customs duties. However, our range of activities is much broader and more multifaceted,” explains Government Director Astrid Gessler, Head of Oldenburg’s Headquarters. “Oldenburg’s head office is responsible for the smooth running of international freight traffic in the northwest, protects citizens and the environment from harmful or dangerous smuggled goods, collects taxes on the state’s ability to act and fights illegal employment and undeclared work for fair competition.”
> Successful balance in the form of tax revenue: well over a billion euros
Around 650 customs officers collected well over 1.6 billion euros in an area of over 12,100 square kilometers with 1.75 million inhabitants. Tax money that contributes to our society’s economic performance and ability to act.
The classic tax on imports of goods from countries outside EU customs – amounts to around 31.9 million euros. The import turnover tax to be levied in this context was 1.04 billion. EUR. The following overview summarizes the total tax revenue for 2022:
31.9 million euros
1.04 billion euros
(eg energy, electricity, tobacco, spirits and beer tax) DKK 471 million. EUR
Transaction taxes (incl. Motor vehicle tax) DKK 93.5 million EUR
Total tax revenue:
About 1.64 billion euros
> Customs duties against undeclared work
Black workers and their clients are hurting everyone: they are cheating on social security, evading taxes and endangering jobs. Companies that compete with their employees. Although they evade the obligation to pay taxes and duties, black workers and their clients benefit from the state and, above all, the social infrastructure. The control of the customs’ financial control over illegal work (CCC) intervenes against this injustice:
FKS at the head office in Oldenburg led to about 600 audits of employers in 2021, and about 8,000 employees were questioned at work about their employment relationships. The financial damage determined from the resulting criminal investigations and fines amounts to 8.5 million euros.
2,250 criminal cases could be initiated using FKS in the past year; 2,140 criminal cases were closed. Initiation and completion of investigation of administrative offenses is in the numerical ratio of 210 to 400.
The sum of the warning and the fines as well as the confiscation amounts that can be traced back to investigations by the customs are 286,000 euros, the sum of the prison sentences imposed is more than 32 years. Almost 700,000 euros in fines were imposed.
In the district of the main customs office in Oldenburg, FKS units are located at the Oldenburg and Emden locations.
> A question of security: What goods are allowed in the country?
With the abolition of internal controls in the EU, customs controls on goods at the direct border between Member States were abolished. Since then, these state borders have not been an obstacle to either commercial freight or private travel.
However, open borders are not a free card for drug mules, arms dealers and cigarette smugglers. Monitoring the borders within the Community as well as the EU’s external borders in the coastal region is one of the main tasks of the head office in Oldenburg. Customs control units, organized daily in 24-hour shifts, have been successfully deployed at the locations Emden, Norden and Papenburg as well as in Wilhelmshaven, Brake and Oldenburg to prevent smuggling of prohibited and dangerous goods.
“Our customs control is successful and important. They protect the population from illicit smuggled goods, which we take out of circulation not only for the region but of course also for the whole country,” explains Frank Mauritz, spokesman for the Oldenburg customs office. “In total, we checked almost 56,000 vehicles and people in 2021. Taking into account the current pandemic and hygiene requirements. I certainly reveal no secrets when I describe the fight against drug smuggling in the border area of the Netherlands as the focus of checks.”
In 2,163 cases there were complaints from the customs service, of which 894 cases concerned smuggling of drugs. In total, over 34 kilos of drugs were seized and thus withdrawn from the illegal black market. The majority of the seizures were related to cannabis products, followed by cocaine.
Mauritz continues: “Last year, extensive seizures weighing several kilos were particularly notable. The range of drugs smuggled ranged from drugs containing thc to cocaine and ecstasy. Personal use is excluded in these cases, rather organized trade must be involved under suspicion. “
The customs authorities are specially trained and technically very well equipped for their control operations on vehicles of all kinds. “Despite all the technology, the nose work of our customs sniffer dogs remains a very important tool in the fight against drug smuggling. The customs dog teams once again played a significant role in our successful control balance,” concludes Mauritz.
> The water rate
Customs is part of the Coast Guard in the Federal Republic of Germany. Together with other authorities, he oversees border surveillance at water borders, especially the sea coast. In addition to customs surveillance measures, his duties also include environmental protection at sea and rescue of shipwrecked people.
Four customs boats with quays in Emden and Wilhelmshaven are in use at the main customs office in Oldenburg.
> The customs offices – interface for international freight traffic
From the container load to the postal package – customs clearance of goods is the core business of customs. We owe it to cross-border flows of goods to flow as barrier-free as possible to the employees at the customs offices.
Oldenburg’s main customs office has seven customs offices at the following locations: Brake, Cuxhaven, Emden, Kreyenbrück (Oldenburg), Papenburg, Stade and Wilhelmshaven.
In times of “e-commerce”, the volume of handling in private mail traffic is constantly increasing. If a package arrives in Germany from a non-European country, the customs authorities may, despite letter and postal secrecy, leave the consignment open and examine the contents. It is not always clear on the Internet whether orders are sent from abroad.
Whether and to what extent taxes are to be paid is clearly explained on www.zoll.de under the heading “Rules in postal traffic”. In this connection, the customs service advises you to check exactly to what extent deliveries of goods may be inadmissible before you order online. The experienced staff at the customs offices will be happy to advise you.
It is easy to shop online – the desired product can be ordered with just a few clicks. The app “Customs and Post” helps to calculate the expected import duties and provides important information about imports in international postal traffic.
In addition, there is a warning about products that may be dangerous or prohibited. The particularly cheap offers are often not original goods, but fake and sometimes inferior cheap products.
The “Zoll und Post” app is available for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
> Career in customs
Last year, more than 2,200 young people nationwide began training in customs, 50 of them at the head office in Oldenburg.
Career starters in the customs service complete a two-year apprenticeship (intermediate service) or a three-year course (senior service). Theory and practice alternate and build on each other.
The theoretical parts are carried out at customs training centers in Münster, Leipzig, Rostock, Plessow or Sigmaringen. Students spend the practical phases in different departments at the main customs office of education and at nearby customs offices and customs examination offices.
When employed by the customs service, trainees can expect not only a high-quality education or a high-quality course of study and many exciting and varied tasks, but also a secure job where they take care of tax revenue, consumer protection and job security. in Germany i.a.
In the coming years, the customs service will continue to offer more training and study places for a secure future in a large federal administration.
If you are interested in being employed on 1 August 2023, you can still apply to Oldenburg’s main customs office until 15 September 2022.
Detailed information on applications, employment, education and studies at the customs service is available at www.zoll-karriere.de or on social media (facebook and Instagram) under “ZOLL Career”.
Questions please contact:
Main customs office in Oldenburg
Phone: 0441 8009 1309
Mobile: 0151-42 30 06 41
Original content from: Hauptzollamt Oldenburg, broadcast by news aktuell