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The FCS has called businessmen to refuse from unauthentic declaring of goods

Leonid Lozbenko, Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia had another regular meeting with the representatives of business circles. The main topic on the agenda was the issues of unauthentic declaring of goods imported into the customs territory of the Russian Federation. On behalf of customs, the meeting was also attended by the executive officers of a number of leading Administrations of the FCS of Russia. The business community was represented by the delegates from various associations of entrepreneurs: the Moscow International Business Association (MIBA), the Association of European Businesses in Russia (AEB), the Association of International Road Carriers (ASMAP), the German Business Association in the Russian Federation, the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, as well as by representatives from major Russian and foreign companies.

altWhen opening the meeting, L.Lozbenko pointed out the complexities and achievements in the activity of customs authorities of Russia.  First of all he noted that in the last year it became possible to decrease the number of complaints from the participants of foreign trade against the actions of customs officers in customs clearance of goods. The FCS referred to its credit the fact that more and more companies are no longer operating “in shade”, but are adopting the style of “white” operation, i.e. of full compliance with the requirements of the legislation of Russia. At the same time, the situation with importation of goods using various schemes of unauthentic declaring and decrease of customs value still remains serious. In particular, it may apply to the products of light industry (clothing, footwear, textiles and etc.), electronics and household appliances.
Deputy Head of the FCS stressed that the service is resolute in achieving the set target: to decrease by three times within one year the volume of the goods imported illegally in Russia as per four most problematic major customs commodity items. This will result with eradication of unfair competition, which is an obstacle for the development of business in Russia.

Vladimir Egorov, Head of Main Administration for Contraband Control (GUBK) stressed that customs are aware of the most illegal schemes of decreasing customs value of goods, including the alteration of title names of good imported or providing false information about the country of origin of goods. The experience acquired in 2005 while the operations targeted to electronics and household appliances will be spread widely to other commodity items such as wood, metals, flowers and etc.

Post-audit occupies an important position in the measures preventing unauthentic declaring. As noted Marat Saparmuradov, Deputy Head of Customs Inspection Administration (UTI), customs authorities are positive in applying this efficient tool of preventing the violations of the Russian legislation, first of all, in the sphere of sales of goods. He called the companies to boycott cooperation with so called “grey” and “black” brokers.

In his turn, Alexei Konstantinov, Deputy Head of Legal Administration, spoke critically of insufficient level of legal culture of customs officers, which, at times, may bring about the violations of the altrights of the participants of foreign economic activity, and of lack of trust to customs officers on behalf of businessmen, which results with legal proceedings on the disputes, with corresponding neglect of out of court settlements.

The leading experts of the FCS of Russia spoke of new technologies used in customs control, such as the system of risk management, intended to prevent unauthentic declaring, of the dangers related to decreasing customs value being a method of minimizing taxable basis and accordingly of the significant tax gap formed in federal budget because of this practice. Apart from this the business community was informed of the forthcoming introduction of a new system of customs commodity items nomenclature starting from January 1rst, 2007. Anatoly Lenartovich, Deputy Head of Main Administration for Commodity Items and Trade Restrictions (GUTNiTO), when speaking about this news, explained that the Foreign Trade Economic Activity Goods Nomenclature in Russia is updated every five years in order to comply with the similar systems used by foreign countries.

The representatives of business circles were able to express their opinion of the operation of customs authorities and made their proposals on how to improve work of customs in the course of this meeting. They also set a number of issues for the management of the FCS of Russia to resolve, which require more detailed consideration and adopting of special measures for their solution.