Alexander Lukashenko wants customs to improve work at clearance checkpoints


Alexander Lukashenko wants customs to improve work at clearance checkpoints

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the State Customs Committee to improve work at customs clearance points. On September 26 this matter was discussed at a meeting of the Head of State with Customs Committee chairman Yuri Senko.

Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that he intends to thoroughly analyze the state of affairs in the customs bodies of Belarus.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I am interested in disturbing factors. I want to have full information about the services that we provide to the Russian Federation. Russia protects its interests in a westerly direction only thanks to our Belarusian customs. I need this information in order to be prepared to talk to the leadership of the Russian Federation, particularly with regard to the embargo imposed against Western European and other states. What are the problems, what are difficulties? 

Yuri Senko, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus:
Thank you, dear comrade President. As you instructed, the first thing we did was to analyze the state of affairs in the customs system, what we need to do next and how to move forward. During 2015, we worked in the Customs Committee thoroughly on the basic directions of development of the customs service for 2016-2020 and in the future up to 2025.

Since the beginning of 2016, customs officers have found 24,000 administrative offenses, which is a 1,500 more than during the same period in 2015.

The committee has fulfilled the key planned indicators. In particular, payments to the republican budget exceeded the plans. The so-called quick-response customs has proven its worth. It operates on the Russian direction and in the areas of responsibility of all Belarus' customs services. It has found about 680 offenses.

Yuri Senko:
We focused on the problem with the work in the Russian direction. Here Belarus clearly performs functions related to the implementation of control over the movement of sanctioned goods. We actually defend the Russian side from the illegal movement of these goods. In the first nine months of 2016 we revealed a large number of administrative offenses related to attempts to move banned goods to and from the Russian Federation.