September 6 saw the Moscow Financial Forum hold a session on “Transformation of tax and customs administration in digital economy: New challenges and opportunities.”

The panelists discussed the ways information technology affects tax and customs administration, and what their current goals are.

According to Vladimir Bulavin, Head of the Federal Customs Service, digital technologies, though in use by the Customs only since recently, have gained momentum throughout the entire customs sector:

“We have digitized all customs procedures to-date. We have started developing a new Customs Strategy 2030 and have made a reasonable conclusion that our development is linked to the development of information technology,” he noted.

According to Bulavin, 12 through 15 thousand declarations are processed daily. “Managing and analyzing this volume of data requires an adequate IT architecture. We process 30 million messages and 2000 communication channels a day,” said the Head of the Federal Customs Service.

Vladimir Bulavin has also emphasized that the information systems have not exhausted their potential in the customs service. “Our next goal is to create a national goods tracking system: from the customs release to the cash desk of marketing organizations,” he emphasized.