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Customs authorities must focus on automation at the border, Belarus President says

The Belarusian customs performs 100% of the forecasted figures for replenishing the country's budget. In 2017, the amount of payments to the state treasury is $249 million more than in the same period in 2016.

The head of the customs committee, Yuri Senko, reported about this to Alexander Lukashenko on September 22. The cited figures are now just a forecast, but it is based on the current state of economy.

The meeting also discussed transit growth and peculiarities of the new customs code of the EEU, according to which customs services will start working on January 1, 2018.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Mr Senko, first of all about the formation of the revenue side of the republican budget in the areas that fall within the area of ​​responsibility of customs authorities. This worries me most. I am, of course, informed that you are successfully forming the country's budget in these areas. But there are nuances about which you know better - what do we have with statistics on the movement of goods, vehicles, people across the border? To me, again, incredible figures are reported: the number of cargoes and people being moved has increased by almost a third. Apparently, this is so. But what does this give us? It is very important that people understand this.

The work of the customs authorities is, first of all, automation at the border , so that there are no complaints against us, that the queues are large and so on. Are we improving this work on border control and the passage of goods, individuals and transport?

Further - illegal movement of banned goods, especially dangerous - psychotropic, drugs, weapons, and radioactive substances. And yet, how do we bring this to our partners in the west? They perfectly understand what is transported there. We catch, we detain - how do they react to this? Do they see our role in this matter? As we are working on improving the checkpoints, points of movement across the border? This is another important issue.

Customs authorities must focus on automation at the border, Belarus President says