As a part of the customs reform being implemented by the Ministry of Finance jointly with the Government, the Concept of the Reform of the State Fiscal Service was adopted in the end of March 2017 which also covers the reform of the customs. The Concept had been prepared by the Ministry of Finance taking into account recommendations of the IMF, EU customs standards and recommendations of the US Customs and Border Protection.
For the implementation of the Concept, the Ministry of Finance prepared a draft action plan for the customs reform covering 19 areas of activity.
In the course of the concept elaboration, the Ministry of Finance engaged MPs, business, expert community and the public. Hence, the final document contains consolidated proposals of all stakeholders which made it possible to balance public and business interests.
The draft Action Plan covers the following points: legislation, organization and management, customs ethics, training, communication, human resources management, customs liabilities, trade support, supply chain security, risk management, border and domestic control, enforcement and investigation, customs transit, post-clearance control and customs audit, intellectual property rights, information and communication technologies, infrastructure and equipment, customs laboratories, internal audit.
Each point has a clear list of measures for the implementation of the customs reform with clear deadlines, responsible units and explicitly named regulations which shall be elaborated or amended to meet the set objectives.
In the end of July, the draft Action Plan for the customs reform will be presented to the Government for examination.