CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION IMPROVEMENT THROUGH DIGITIZATION DISCUSSED AT MOSCOW FINANCIAL FORUM

“The more intensive the digitalized environment is, the more transparency and trust we will get”, - Head of the Federal Customs Service Vladimir Bulavin stated at the “Customs Administration Improvement. Priority of Electronic Technology” business session. 

Head of FCS stressed the establishment of a productive dialogue between business figures and state agents: “The common task of business and customs is to start approaching each other. We have a lot of issues to work on. We are to remove the barriers impeding a straight and seamless setup of business processes. However, we should also keep in mind the quality of the customs control by the state”.

Vladimir Bulavin highlighted the recent positive process of pushing the business out of the grey area due to a leapfrog in electronic customs declaring procedure. By 2020, it is planned to complete the creation of 16 specialized centers. Besides, the strategy of switching from electronic systems to intellectual ones by 2030 is being developed. 

Participants of the session discussed the necessity of creating a unified electronic platform in order to set up a dialogue not only between the state controlling bodies inside the country but also between the players of the foreign economic system. Deputy Minister of Finance of RF Ilya Trunin confirmed the customs’ significant progress in this area. 

“We keep discussing the need for a unified information system that would display goods transfer for the purposes of control. Russia has got a bit ahead of the global community: we have at least started to build that system, which responds to the needs of the Customs and the Revenue. Implementation of a unified platform will allow to increase the speed and efficiency of all the processes”, Ilya Trunin said.

Maxim Vasilevskiy, Vice President for Mars Corporate Relations in Russia, outlined his position on the issue: “Synchronization and harmonization of all digital systems placed in operation – that is what we are concerned about. Theoretically, we need a unified system to receive information directly from the players to exclude its duplication. Business is ready and open to provide all the data. It is, however, important that the system does not force us to change business processes, for this is a very expensive and complicated matter”.

Vice Rector for Research of the Russian Academy for Foreign Trade Pavel Kadochnikov reported that he is carefully watching innovations in the customs systems of various countries and highlighted a great leap forward made by the Russian structure: “We are not yet inside the top twenty countries with the most effective customs services but we are somewhere nearby. However, we are to bear in mind the difference in scope: small countries with small-sized customs services have the advantage of operational efficiency. One should remember that Russia is a big country”.
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