TODAY IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017, 9:36:34 AM

bulavinvi_eng Vladimir Ivanovich Bulavin
 Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation
Customs officers in the Far East carry on their work compiling a new price catalogue of secondhand Japanese motor vehicles

The Far Eastern Customs Administration (DVTU) is continuing with work to reliably define the value of secondhand Japanese motor vehicles and, on the basis of this, to come up with information for a new prices catalogue.

It is now possible to confidently state that in a new price catalogue comprising more than 11 thousand positions, approximately two-thirds of the prices match or deviate insignificantly from the prices calculated by the DVTU and taken from the sites of Japanese auctions. In the remaining one-third of positions, the estimated value differs from the data of auction statistics, both towards increment and towards reduction. Mean auction value is entered into the catalogue during correction of values.

Unfortunately, customs expert specialists are working on it single-handedly. The representatives of auto-dealers ceased to cooperate on work on the catalogue after they realized, following a series of meetings with the DVTU management, that there would be no return to the old system of prices, and that they were faced with regular work on defining the real value of motor vehicles, preferring public protest to constructive dialogue.

The representatives of auto-dealers have not fulfilled one single arrangement reached during meetings held previously: the DVTU has not yet received a complete list of motor vehicles manufactured in Japan, nor auctions’ sales statistics which have been persistently discussed by auto-dealers and which they promised to hand over within a short period of time to customs. So far, the Far Eastern customs officers have not seen “real prices”, used by importers of motor vehicles. Only one of the auto-dealers submitted to the DVTU the data on prices for Japanese motor vehicles; their list comprised 20 brands of cars from different years of manufacture, which is decidedly too few for a catalogue of 11 thousand positions.

In its turn, the DVTU is fulfilling its obligations undertaken during the negotiations; the new catalogue has been expanded by including various models of Japanese motor cars not included in the previous catalogue. The value of motor vehicles estimated by the experts of the DVTU is verified in 100% of cases against the data of auction statistics, and when deviations are considerable, their value is corrected.

In spite of the fact that the representatives from the auto-dealers walked out on the work on the catalogue, it has not been stopped. By November 25th, as planned, the customs officers plan to complete calculation and correction of price targets and start work on consolidating the data obtained into one document, in order to send the catalogue to Moscow by the beginning of December to the Federal Customs Service. In view of the above, the DVTU is once again requesting the cooperation of the auto-dealers on work on the price catalogue of the motor vehicles imported from Japan.

At the same time, the DVTU draws to the attention of participants in foreign trade economic activity engaged in the importation of motor vehicles the fact that definition of value according to a catalogue is only one of six methods used by customs officers in accordance with the Law on customs tariffs. The first and major method used around the world is the verification of the declared value using reliable documents. The list of documents and data required to verify the data as per customs value of goods, declared in accordance with the price of the deal, was set by Order № 1022 of the State Customs Committee of Russia dated 16.09.2003. It included the following documents: 

• Incorporation documents of a customs applicant;
• Agreement (Contract), valid Appendices, Supplements and Amendments to such a contract; 
• Invoice;  
• Transportation (shipping) documents, i.e. consignment;  
• Insurance documents, if any, depending on the shipping conditions as set by the contract;  
• Invoice for transportation or calculation of transportation costs (in cases when transportation costs were excluded from the price of the deal or when deductions of these costs had been declared);  
• Other documents related to the price of the deal or its verification. 

In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, a decision about the customs value shall be taken by the customs terminal inspector. Such decisions may be appealed against. An appeal may be sent to the head of a customs post, head of the customs office, or the head of the Far Eastern Customs Administration (DVTU). Should a participant of foreign trade economic activity believe that his/her rights have been violated, he/she may refer the issue to the courts.

In view of the above, the DVTU is taking measures to organize high quality customs clearance of goods (including motor vehicles) at customs terminals of its jurisdiction.

The regional customs services are conducting active work in customs clearance of motor vehicles. In the week from November 10th to November 16th the customs terminals of the Far East cleared 4,026 motor cars (most of which were at Vladivostok auto-transport customs terminal). For comparison: all the regional customs terminals cleared on average 3,500 motor cars a week.