Yevhen Kodis will head the newly created Odesa Customs Service of Ukraine’s State Customs Service. Such information appeared in the register of legal entities of the Justice Ministry, as Ukrainian News agency reports, citing golos.ua portal.
The registration of regional customs as legal entities and appointment of new heads are part of the customs service reform launched by State Customs Service head Maksym Nefedov. According to him, the process of transferring specialists to newly created structures from the liquidated State Fiscal Service will start soon. After that, the Cabinet will give the State Customs Office powers of the State Fiscal Service, which will cease to exist.
Yevhen Kodis previously headed the Dnipropetrovsk Customs, where during his work payments to the state budget have increased by more than 50% due to large-scale operations to block smuggling channels.
He also worked in the tax services of Vinnytsia and Kherson regions and in the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
Until recently, Kodis headed the Customs Audit Department at the State Fiscal Service in Kyiv. During 2018, under his leadership, the number of audits to combat illegal import has more than doubled. Kodis has publicly advocated the extension of post-audit practices, calling it a means of reducing administrative pressure on business.
“Given that modern customs is basically the automatic registration of customs declarations and the automatic clearance (without the inspector's participation) of goods (in some countries, percentage of automatic clearance reaches 90%), the priority of development of post-customs control is unquestionable,” Kodis said.
Yevhen Kodis received three higher education degrees, studies in Edinburgh School of Business, and was certified by the International Project Management Association. He holds the title of Honorary Customs Officer of Ukraine.
The new position of Kodis is to tackle the problem of smuggling, - the scale of which a few months ago was criticized by President Zelensky during his visit to Odesa.
As it was reported earlier, Maksym Nefedov has been appointed the head of State Customs Service of Ukraine. The newly appointed official presented the strategy of development of the State Customs Service of Ukraine. The key tasks would be to digitalize all processes, to launch the staff reform, to attract investments in the customs office infrastructure and to arrange Ukraine's integration with the EU customs union via harmonization of the law and implementation of best practices.
The State Customs Service of Ukraine was created in May 2014; it is basically re-shaped Ministry of Taxes and Incomes, which, in turn, combines the State Tax Service and the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine. In December 2018, the Customs and Tax Services were separated.