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08.12.2006 Meeting of Administration of the Federal Customs Authorities of the Russian Federation with delegates of the 5th Congress of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

On December 7, 2006 Administration of the Federal Customs Authorities of the Russian Federation held a meeting with a group of delegates of the opening congress of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI of Russia). The customs agency was represented by Tatyana Golendeeva and Sergei Shokhin, deputy heads of the FCS of Russia as well as by heads of a number of divisions of the Central Staff of the Russian customs service. The delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, headed by Georgy Petrov, vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, consisted of representatives of territorial chambers of commerce and industry, business associations and domestic enterprises.

At the very beginning of the discussions, G.Petrov gave an account of the forthcoming congress of the CCI of Russia the problems set in front of the Chamber and which solution is inseparably connected with operation of customs authorities has to resolve. In this regard, it was earmarked that coordination between the CCI and the FCS of Russia, both at the highest and regional level, bears long-term and constructive character.

In his turn, T.Golendeeva also prized cooperation between the customs agency and the CCI of Russia. In her opinion, the FCS of Russia applies every possible effort in order to establish favorable conditions foe development of foreign trade. It can be exemplified by the unified form of customs commodity declaration and transit declaration (CCD/TD), which will allow for significant simplification of foreign trade operations for participants of foreign trade activity.

 At the same time, the deputy head of Russian customs service pointed at a number of problems, demanding adjustment and being subject to entrance of Russian into World Trade Organization (WTO). In this regard, T.Golendeevs turned attention to dumping exportation of raw materials from Russia, which is evidenced by the situation with timber export. However, in spite of the fact that this problem has been long raised at the highest level, including the level of the President of the Russian Federation, elaboration of the measures required to adjust this situation takes extremely long time. As it was stated, “one should trade, respecting himself”. In this regard, attention is drawn to the fact that the FCS of Russia makes effects, for example, in promotion of goods of high-level processing. Nonetheless, this kind of activity needs development of Russian legislation, which loopholes enable certain participants of foreign trade to transact foreign trade deals, causing substantial economic damage to the state.

 Besides, in the framework of protection of national manufacturers and facilitation of Russian export operations a very non-simple problem is still pending regarding refunding of VAT to domestic exporters. The Russian Government has set about elaboration of relevant measures in this sphere, which efficiency to great extent depends on consistence of acts of agencies of State powers, in the first place, of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, tax and customs administrations. In this regard, according to T.Golendeeva, deputy head of the FCS of Russia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry must not stay outside of the framework of this rule-making process.

In the course of exchange of opinions the issues were touched upon in respect of application of Article 68 of the Customs Code of the Russian Federation (RF CC), related to introduction of simplified customs clearance procedureс. T. Golendeeva welcomed proposals, made by a number of participants of the meeting as to exercise more activeness in attracting regional chambers of commerce and industry with a view to generation of records of law-abiding participants of foreign economic activity to facilitate their passing customs formalities in the time of customs clearance of their goods. It was earmarked that reorientation is necessary of the risk management system in effect in the customs agency from goods to participants of foreign trade.

Not less equally interested were the senior managers of the FCS of Russia and the delegates of the 5th Congress of the CCI of Russia by the problems of development of customs infrastructure, the focus of the previously adopted Concept of development of Russian customs authorities for the period up to the year of 2010. Realization of the Concept provides for accomplishment of a complex of measures in connection, including but not limited to, with capital development and relevant government financing.

Apart from the above, T.Golendeeva touched upon the problems of preliminary information circulation and electronic declaring. It was stated, in particular, that at present time the FCS of Russia is preparing amendments to be introduced into the Customs Code of the Russian Federation, which would provide for mandatory character of preliminary information circulation. This practice, for example, exists in the USA to regulate importation of goods through sea ports of this state. Besides, introduction of this technology is impossible to carry out without entering into intergovernmental treaties between Russia and the states of the European Union. Nevertheless, giving priority to preliminary information delivery, the FCS by no means intends to refuse the electronic declaring technology. But its further development greatly depends upon willingness of participants of foreign trade themselves for transition to this technological procedure.

In the course of discussion the issues of establishing of customs value, building up of a common basis for pricing information of customs authorities in respect of various imported commodities, regulation of “shuttle” business and the practice of prejudicial and judicial decision in respect of settlement of conflicts between customs authorities and participants of foreign trade.

 In closing, Tatyana Golendeeva, deputy head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation emphasized practicality of similar meetings between management of the Customs Agency and representatives of business community, and expressed a hope for their continuation.