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VISUALLY VERSION
Arrangements made by customs authorities with a view to improvement of investment climate in Russia

On October 13, 2006, the session of the task subgroup “Streamlining of customs procedures” was held in the framework of activity of the Advisory Board on Foreign Investments in Russia (ABFIR). The agenda of the meeting, chaired by Richard Smite, Director General of the Mars LLC in Russia, included the following items: introduction of the Single Administrative Document (SAD) into practice of customs clearance in the Russian Federation; proposals on introduction of changes into the Customs Code of the Russian Federation (RF CC) and, finally, further development of and improvement of management of customs clearance (application of simplified procedures of customs clearance, electronic declaring, etc.).

The first item of the session’s agenda was addressed by Svetlana Karpova, Logistics Director of the Mars LLC, who expressed support rendered to Russian and foreign business circles as a results of efforts made by the Federal Customs Authorities of the Russian Federation with a view to harmonization of customs procedures between the Russian Federation and European Union. Therefore, she offered to follow the way of the closest cooperation of the business community with the customs and excise authorities on the problems of practical realization of the decision on introduction from January 1, 2007 of new forms of the goods customs declaration and the transit entry (GCD/TE). Specifically, S.Karpova stated the practicability of holding o respective workshops for participants of foreign trade with involvement of experts of customs authorities.

In his address, dedicated to the same subject, Viktor Diyachenko, Head of the Central Administration on Management of Customs Control (CAMCC), on behalf of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, approved the proposal made on organizing of joint workshops. He spoke about the preparatory work, accomplished within two last years in respect of introduction of the new forms of goods custom declaration and the transit entry (GCD/TE) used by the member-states of European Union. V. Diyachenko called upon both participants of foreign trade and customs officers themselves to be more active in taking advantages of the official website of the Federal Customs Authorities of the Russian Federation for better acquaintance with the rules of completion of the new document. According to the head of the Central Administration, the main thing is that “beginning from January 1, 2007, a customs applicant would not still be using old GCD/TE forms”.

 In view of the raised problem, Vladimir Malinin, Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, whose competence includes supervision of introduction of advances information technologies into operations of customs authorities, also focused attention of participants of foreign trade on application of information technology-related services, provided by the customs and excise authorities, inclusive of various sections of the official website of the Federal Customs Service. In his opinion, it should provide facilities “to avoid mistakes in details”.

In her address, Galina Dontsova, Head of Customs Practices Department of “Ernst & Young”, share her proposals with attendees on the matter of introduction of changes into the Customs Code of the Russian Federation. Specifically, she touched upon the issues of updating of Article 2 of the Customs Code in respect of simplified customs procedures, which should reflect strengthening of trust between customs authorities and business.

In his turn, Andrei Strukov, Head of Legal Administration of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, told about measures being taken in respect of improvement of the customs legislation of the Russian Federation after ratification of the new Provision on the Federal Customs Authority of the Russian Federation, which serves as the basis for the customs and excise authorities to resume the function of rule-making. In addition, again he spoke in support of the initiative of a closer cooperation in solving of legislative problems, which was made public at the meeting of Andrei Belyaninov, Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation with representatives of entrepreneurial circles during the session, which has recently taken place in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Further development and improvement of customs clearance optimization became the subject for the talk of Stanislav Tomashpolsky, Manager on Customs Issues of the company “Cargill”. Another member business community member, Irina Prygounova, regional supervisor on foreign trade of Coca Cola HBC Eurasia LLC, touched upon such aspect of cooperation of entrepreneurial circles with customs authorities as the issue of providing the latter with access to corporate documents, regulating export and import operations and affecting interests of all participants of foreign trade.

Viktor Diyachenko, Head of the Central Administration on Management of Customs Control (CAMCC), pointed at the measures taken by customs authorities in respect of practice of extended application of simplified customs clearance procedures and electronic declaring. As of today, application of simplified procedures of customs clearance was made available to 204 participants of foreign trade. Besides, by the end of October 2007 the number of customs authorities with technology intensiveness sufficient to operate the mode of electronic declaring, will increase up to 140. Currently the work is under way on employing of I-net for the purpose of communication of data related to goods customs declaration and other important information.

Finalizing the meting, Andrei Belyaninov pointed at a number of problems, which solution depends to a greater extent upon participants of foreign trade as well, and all the more upon those large ones, presented in the makeup of the subgroup. In particular, A.Belyaninov touched upon the mater of logistical chains, which will become the subject-matter of discussions of the future meeting with the members the Association of International Trucking Carriers (ASMAP). First and foremost, it is determined by regularly occurring queues at motor vehicle crossing points in north-west region of the Russian Federation. Customs authorities explore every avenue of passing simplification for those, who enter the customs territory of the Russian Federation. However, being required for that, customs authorities, according to the felicitous remark of the head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, will not venture to “open the border” to the prejudice of quality of customs inspection. In this connection, A. Belyanov called upon participants of foreign trade to reconsider the logistics, in effect during conveyance of their goods with attention focused not only on trucking, but on other types of transportation as well. It is all the more topical, looking at the stable rise of import deliveries into Russia, exceeding recent monthly value by 17-18% and tending to maintain the same rate in the future.

 In closing of the session, A.Belyaninov and R.Smite signed the Protocol of the session of the task subgroup “Streamlining of Customs Procedures” of the Advisory Board on Foreign Investments in Russia, which will be presented at the forthcoming meeting with Mikhail Fradkov, Prime-Minister.