The Ministry of Finance is implementing the a single-window procedure for customs clearance

5/18/16

According to the order of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Finance has elaborated a concept for the set-up and operation of the automated system “Single Window” which is an electronic platform for data exchange. The system should make customs clearance procedures simpler and remove corruption opportunities from the customs operation. The project will be launched at the Ukrainian customs starting from August 1, 2016.

The Ministry of Finance is continuing to reform the State Fiscal Service including the customs authorities. Following its policy, the Ministry of Finance has elaborated a draft law on authorized economic operators which is similar to the EU regulations. Also, following the initiative of the Ministry of Finance, an automated system for the distribution of customs declarations was implemented. Additionally, Ukraine signed a number of agreements with international partners on mutual support in customs. The next step in this area is the launch of the automated system “Single Window” which establishes a new philosophy in relations between the customs authorities and companies involved in foreign trade.

“Single Window” is considered to be a sophisticated tool aimed to simplify and minimize customs procedures. An integral part of this system is a unified electronic data base enabling various controlling bodies and customs offices to automatically exchange data on consignments passing the border of Ukraine. According to the concept of the Ministry of Finance, all kinds of control (customs, sanitary, veterinary, phytosanitary, ecological, radiological etc.) should be conducted through electronic data exchange. Thus, instead if stamps on the paperwork electronic remarks shall be inserted in the unified data base.

The “Single Window” system will make it possible to simplify customs procedures significantly and reduce time consumption as well as minimize the human factor and corruption risks in the clearance procedures. Thus, this system will contribute to the improvement of the investment climate in Ukraine.

Draft of the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On issues related to the implementation of the “Single Window” principle for customs, sanitary, veterinary, phytosanitary, ecological, radiological and other kinds of state control”

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