Russian FCS now receives advance information from the European Union

From December 22 the Russian FCS receives online electronic information from six countries of the European Union. This information will help to reduce clearance period for goods and vehicles at customs stations of the Russian border and increase reliability of declaring.

Internal customs transit registration will be quickened as an inspector of the Russian customs will be able to get electronic copy of Carnet TIR from the data base. Reconciling information contained in it with actual data customs inspector will enter the lacking information necessary for internal customs transit registration grounded on the bill of lading data. The list of information required is prescribed by the Order № 1230 of the Russian FCS «About the approving of Instruction for the specifics of certain customs operations with goods and vehicles transported across the customs border of the Russian Federation, carried out by customs officers with the usage of advance information» dated October 3, 2008.

From December 22 electronic copies of Carnet TIR, registered by Customs services of Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belgium, Austria, enter the Russian FCS data base on a real-time basis. In the nearest future the list will be enlarged with the customs services of Hungary and Latvia, in February 2009 – of Italy, in May – of Lithuania, in July – of Poland and Estonia, in January 2010 – of the Federal Republic of Germany. The project involves 13 countries of the EU in all, which allows to cover about 70 per cent of all goods traffic from the European Union to Russia by motor transport.

This is a result of a long-term work, held by the Federal Customs Service on the establishing of advance electronic information of transported goods exchange between the customs authorities of the RF and countries-members of the EU before the goods’ arrival to the border point. The scheme will allow to quicken customs procedures for lawful participants of foreign economic activities. Moreover it will assure prevention and suppression of unreliable declaring by unlawful persons, for example underdeclaration of goods’ weight, their declaring under wrong name or code, as well as documents falsification.

The realization of the project was mainly inspired by the Russia-EU Summit in Helsinki in November 2006, where President of the Russian Federation highlighted the importance of improving the Russia-EU interaction on customs questions, particularly by means of information technologies. The following consultations of the Russian FCS and CES experts within the Subcommittee on customs and cross-border Russia-EU cooperation and Russia-EU working group on customs border questions resulted in reaching and further specification of agreements on submitting to the Russian FCS information of goods, transported from the EU to Russia under TIR procedure. During 2008 technical aspects of the realization of reached agreements were developed and data delivery was tested.

The scheme is simple in general. Electronic copy of a Carnet TIR comes from an EU country to the data center of the Russian FCS through secure path after its registration and is kept in the data base. When a vehicle arrives at the Russian entry point, customs officer scans bar code from a Carnet TIR, shown to him. After that he will automatically receive an electronic copy of the Carnet TIR from the Russian FCS data base to his computer. Then collating the information from the electronic copy of the Carnet TIR with bill of lading data, customs officer will fill it in with the lacking necessary information and issue permission for internal customs transit to the transporter.