Customs administration: non-procedural issues

16 January 2019
Customs administration: non-procedural issues

January 16, on the second day of the X Gaidar forum, the Green Hall of RANEPA hosted the Expert discussion “Customs administration in Russia: what should be the modern procedures?”. The participants discussed new aspects of customs administration for the member states of the Union and the measures that will contribute to the improvement of the business climate and the further development of foreign trade and transit.

The section was moderated by Sergey Sinelnikov-Murylev, Rector of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy. He began the discussion with the question “Where is Russia now?” and also offered to talk about the future of customs administration in our country. The main topics also included: “Customs administration as a tool to facilitate foreign trade in goods”; “Optimization of customs and border formalities to reduce business costs”; “Promotion of the introduction of a single mechanism of customs and tax administration in Russia”; “Prospects and risks of E-commerce in Russia”.

Mr. Sinelnikov-Murylev showed the audience slides depicting the position of Russia in the international rankings and commented on them: “The target level is not reached, the situation of the country is not improving. In terms of efficiency of customs administration, Russia lags far behind countries with a comparable level of economic development.” The Moderator put another question to the participants of the section: “Why did it happen?”

The head of the Federal Customs Service Vladimir Bulavin joined the discussion and told what the customs service is today. “By 2019, we have digitized almost all the modes and procedures of customs administration,” the speaker said. Vladimir Bulavin also cited statistics of the customs administration and the declaration data arrays. The speaker proposed to distribute the burden on the inspectors to organize the work of customs administration, thereby significantly reducing corruption risks.  

Timur Maximov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, said: “With two years, we faced a significant breakthrough — the relations between customs and business have changed. A minor problem remained, but a positive trend is observed.” In addition, the speaker spoke about the program of improvement of customs administration: “The program, which should be implemented by the end of 2020, includes digitalization and maximum automation of everything.”

Galina Balandina, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Macroeconomic Research of RANEPA, made a report prepared jointly with the Russian Foreign Trade Academy. The expert raise the key issues of the existing system of customs administration in Russia and drew the audience’s attention to suggestions for its improvement. Galina Balandina added: “It is necessary to set more ambitious goals.”

All experts came to the conclusion that we should not focus on the current problems of customs administration. We need to look to the future. The participants of the event also noted that the ideas discussed would give impetus to further reflection and action on the integrated development of customs administration.

Vitalia Kazakova, RANEPA


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