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Verkhovna Rada adopts ‘single point of contact’ mechanism in customs

254 People’ Deputies voted ‘for’ the bill
12:30, 5 July 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

Ukraine’s Parliament adopted the bill providing for the introduction of a ‘single point of contact’ at the customs. 254 MPs voted ‘for’ adoption of the law. The official Rada TV channel broadcasted the session of the Verkhovna Rada.

The bill envisages simplification of goods customs processing. In particular, state bodies that issued permitting documents for customs clearance are obliged to submit them in electronic form to the state information system ‘Single international trade contact point’. It is about phytosanitarians, veterinarians, ecologists, radiologists and other controllers. In their turn, the customs bodies will not be able to require from the declarant permits in paper form, if they are to be in the ‘single point of contact’ system according to law. (In the document, the wording ‘customs authorities’ was replaced by ‘bodies of income and taxes’).

There will be no radiological control at the customs, which is currently carried out by the ecologists. Representatives of the environmental service will be called only if the mobile devices of the border guards will show an excess in the radiation background.

Thus, only customs officers and border guards will remain at the customs point. They will preview the goods and will decide in two hours whether to let them through or call the experts. In this case of, the experts must arrive immediately and also within two hours make a decision, to let the goods through, to ban the entry or to appoint inspection, sampling or additional processing.

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Information on any decisions taken regarding the goods will be registered in the ‘single point of contact’ database.

According to the law, the automated system of risk management (ASAUR) is an integral part of the unified automated customs information system. This should prevent uncontrollability and different approaches to determining the customs value of goods.

In case of temporary exportation of cultural property from Ukraine, it will be necessary to provide documents for the right to do so.

Higher salaries will be allocated to the programmers of the special subdivision of the State Fiscal Service, in the calculations as of 2018.

In addition, the bill implements a part of the provisions of the Convention on common transit procedure of the NCTS into Ukrainian legislation.

As it was reported earlier, Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, signed the laws on the proliferation of tax and customs concessions provided for the ATO (Anti-terrorist operation) and Joint Forces Operation period. The amendments to the Tax Code prolong the operation of the relief for the payment for the payment of military levy and VAT during the Joint Forces Operation. Besides, the defence-related goods, including helmets, helmet lining, body armor, drones, binoculars, parachutes etc. are exempted from VAT being brought to Ukraine.  

Related: Ukraine’s fiscal service reveals a one-third increase in violations of customs rules in 2017

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