On March 14, 2013, Mr. Andrey Belyaninov, Head of the Federal Customs Service, held a meeting of the Panel of Russian FCS. The results of the work undertaken by the Customs Authorities in 2012 were summarized and the objectives for the year 2013 were defined.

In 2012, the Russian Federal Customs Service provided the Federal Budget with customs and other payments in the volume exceeding 50% of its revenue. The total amount of payments, recorded in the Federal Budget revenues, constituted 6 581,04 billion roubles (it corresponds to 100,4 % of the forecast). It also includes the receipt of 2 310,34 billion roubles by goods import, 4 099,74 billion roubles by goods export (including 4 053,43 billion roubles of oil and gas revenues), and 170,96 billion roubles of other payments .

The Panel of Russian FCS noted that the achieved performance is the result of purposeful work of the Customs Authorities, aiming to provide reliable declaration process, control over the customs value,   validity of granting of customs payment benefits and tariff preferences, correct goods classification, customs payment indebtedness, as well as the use of the risk management system.

On August 23, 2012 the new Single Customs Tariff of the Customs Union came into effect. It takes into account all tariff obligations, accepted by the Russian Federation, when joining the WTO. The FCS of Russia monitored constantly the import of goods sensitive for domestic producers (including motor vehicles, combine harvester threshers, chalk overlay paper, live pigs, meat, dairy products, and raw sugar) within the framework of the adaptation of the Russian Federation Economy to the conditions of the WTO membership .

From September 1, 2012 till January 1, 2013, the Customs Authorities provided the Federal Budget with recycling fees in the amount exceeding 18,7 billion roubles.

In 2012 customs payment benefits were granted in the amount of 475,21 billion roubles; mostly within the framework of the production-sharing contract - 182,18 billion roubles.

Since June 17, 2012 the compulsory preliminary information about the goods imported by vehicles to the Customs Union territory has been introduced. It enabled to reduce by 30 minutes on average the time, required by the Customs Authorities to carry out the State inspection of a vehicle at a border checkpoint. Now it takes 53 minutes for the Customs Authorities to carry out the necessary customs control, as well as other types of the State inspections, i.e. sanitary-quarantine, quarantine phytosanitary, veterinary and transport control. As the result, the number of trucks waiting in lines to enter the Russian Federation was reduced, though the quantity of vehicles arriving in Russia increased by 30%, compared to the year 2011.

In 2012 about 71 thousand Foreign Economic Activity participants (85%) used the electronic declaration. They submitted more than 4,1 million of goods declarations by electronic means. It constitutes 95 % of the entire declaration corpus (18% more than in 2011).

In 2012 the work on the optimization of the Customs Authorities’ structure was pursued, also within the framework of the Concept of customs clearance and customs control over the goods in the places close to the Russian Federation State border. The activities held enabled to optimize the places of the customs clearance of goods, to distribute the load of customs officers, who are directly involved in carrying out of customs operations, to decrease the number of Customs administrative units, and to reduce the time for customs operations.

In 2012 the structure of the Customs Authorities of the Russian Federation comprised 8 regional Customs Offices, 92 Customs, 540 Customs checkpoints. 13 Customs checkpoints, including 10 electronic declaration centers, were created. Thus, the number of electronic declaration centers totaled 23. 10 new customs and logistics terminal (CLT) were launched, so that their total number reached 37. The declaration volume in CLTs increased by 20 % as compared to 2011.

Special attention was paid to the issues of the informational collaboration with the Federal executive bodies, as it pertains to the technologies of the data exchange. The FCS of Russia has developed process sheets for the interdepartmental interaction with 25 Federal executive bodies, also to ensure public functions (31 process sheets) and public services (15 process sheets). More than 20 electronic services were developed to receive and transmit information electronically. Nevertheless, the implementation of modern electronic interaction mechanisms seems difficult due to the fact that not all Federal executive bodies are technically ready to apply some information technologies.

Within the framework of the international working group on preparation of revisions and amendments to the Customs Union Customs Code, 735 amendments were considered, 370 amendments in 222 articles of the Customs Union Customs Code were ratified. In 2012 six Federal Laws, developed by the Russian Federal Customs Service, were enacted; nine Decrees of the Russian Federation Government were published. The FCS of Russia considered 153 Federal Law projects, nine drafts of Edicts of the President of the Russian Federation, and 308 drafts of the Russian Federation Government acts that were forwarded for validationl by the Authorities concerned. In 2012 82 legal acts of the FCS of Russia were registered; the volume of the departmental legal framework in the customs affairs domain was reduced by 953 legal acts.

In 2012, within the system of customs control after the release of goods, more than 4,8 thousand customs inspections were held, 3,5 million (71%) of them were completed efficiently. Additional customs fees and fines imposed totaled 5 billion roubles. It is 1,9 times more than in 2011. According to the results of inspections, more than 4,8 thousand administrative cases and 40 criminal cases were initiated.

In 2012 the Customs Authorities detected more than 420 attempts to import radiation hazardous items (including 340 commodity items and vehicles contaminated with radionuclide, resulting from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant accident). The Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service decided to ban their import to the territory of Russia.


In view of the forthcoming XXVII World Summer Universiade in Kazan, 2013, XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, 2014, the measures were taken to simplify customs operations, to provide rapid import of goods intended for the Universiade and the Olympic Games, including test events. The acts of technical regulations, decisions of the Eurasian Economic Commission, ensuring the holding of the Olympic Games, were worked out; the interdepartmental cooperation is organized.

In 2012 the Customs Authorities initiated more than 1,6 thousand criminal cases. The amount of unpaid customs duties, associated with these cases, amounted to 1,4 billion roubles, while the cost of the illegally transferred goods was 120,2 million roubles. 1086 criminal cases were initiated upon the facts of smuggling of narcotics, psychoactive and drastic substances. About 238 kg of narcotics, psychoactive and drastic substances were withdrawn, including more than 50 kg of heroine, about 19 kg of cocaine, and more than 17 kg of marijuana.

In 2012 the Customs Authorities initiated about 79,2 thousand administrative offense cases (by 9% more than in 2011). 75,8 thousand administrative offense cases inflicted penalties for the amount of 140,2 billion roubles. In this respect, the Customs officers imposed penalties for 48,2 thousand cases of administrative violations in the amount of 1,5 billion roubles; the courts or other authorized bodies - 27,6 thousand administrative violation cases in the amount of 138,7 billion roubles.

In 2012 the FCS of Russia paid constant attention to the cooperation with the business community. Following the results of the rating of the Public Chamber of Russia, Public Advisory Council for customs policy under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federal Customs Service, which comprises 43 representatives of business associations of Russia, entered the top ten of 60 existing public councils under the jurisdiction of the Federal executive authorities. More than 80 similar councils function in regions. In 2012 about 3000 events were held by the Russian and foreign business (meetings, conferences, workshops, round table sessions, etc.).

The strategy of the Russian Federal Customs Service development until 2020 (Decree of the Russian Federation Government № 2575-p, dated 28 December, 2012) defined key conditions and priorities for the long term improvement strategy of the Customs Service activity. The main strategic goal of the Customs Service is to ensure economic security in the sphere of international economic activity, as well as promotion of the foreign trade.

The Panel of Russian FCS defined main goals for the Customs Authorities for the year 2013. Special attention will be paid to the efficiency of the applied customs tariff regulation measures, information technology improvement, further development of the preliminary informing, development of the risk management system, efficiency upgrading of the customs control after the goods release,  suppression of the counterfeit product supply chains, and fulfilment of  law enforcement tasks. Activities directed at the improvement of the Customs Legislation of the Customs Union and the Russian Federation Legislation in the sphere of Customs, further harmonization and unification of the customs laws of the Customs Union member states will be pursued.