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Police to join customs officers to struggle with smuggling

The police’s help is important as smuggling can cross any parts of the border and the customs officers are working only at the checkpoints
18:15, 22 June 2018

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Next week, officers of the National Police will be working with the State Fiscal Service at the checkpoints to prevent smuggling, as Myroslav Prodan, the Acting Chairman of the State Fiscal Service, wrote on Facebook.

“Starting from the next week, the National Police will be working at the checkpoint and along with the customs officers will be doing the analytic work concerning the risk-related groups of goods,” he said.

According to Prodan, the police’s help is important as smuggling can cross any parts of the border and the customs officers are working only at the checkpoints.

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“The National Police has the power to take measures on struggling against smuggling not only at the checkpoints but throughout entire Ukraine’s customs territory,” he noted.

Besides, Prodan refuted information about the increase of time for cargo execution.

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“I would like to reassure you: all the events regard the violators only and it will not damage the external economic activity of the business which works within the legislation,” Prodan wrote.

According to the Acting Chairman of the State Fiscal Service, the joint decree of the Internal Ministry and the Finance Ministry on the creation of the cooperation mechanisms for the customs and police officers is to be signed today on June 22.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine expanded the police powers to control the customs officers adopting the law on the implementation of an experimental project for the creation of conditions to prevent customs tax evasion.  

The decree was published in Uryadovy Kuryer on Thursday, June 21 and have come into force.  

As we reported earlier, the cabinet of ministers adopted the action plan against trafficking yesterday, on June 20. Also, Volodymyr Groysman, the PM of Ukraine named ten operating schemes of smugglers.

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