Belarus’ Customs Chairman reports on customs service results

Belarus’ Customs Chairman reports on customs service results

The increase of Belarus’ transit attractiveness and creation of convenient conditions for business in 2017 allowed to increase the budget contribution by nearly 250 million dollars more than 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. Transit growth and peculiarities of the new customs code of the EEU, according to which customs services will start working on January 1, 2018 were also among the issues discussed at the meeting.

Belarus’ Customs guard the interests of the neighboring countries as well. Belarus actively works out issues connected with attempts to transfer sanctioned goods to Russia. As many as 2 million and 300 thousand trucks were under the spotlight, nearly 5000 lorries were denied transit.

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

The work of the customs authorities is, first of all, atomization 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 prohibited goods, especially dangerous products as psychotropic, drugs, weapons, and radioactive substances. And yet, how do we inform our partners in the west about this? They perfectly understand what is transported there. We catch, we detain – what is their reaction? Do they see our role in this issue? The work on improving the checkpoints, points of movement across the border is another important matter.

Yuri Senko, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus:
In the eight months of the current year as many as 8000 tons of products have been detained. From the beginning of the sanctioning work of the customs, 21 thousand tons of sanctioned goods have been detained. From the reports of Russia’s Federal Customs Committee, they have detained about seven thousand tons of goods, which is 3.5 times less than the Belarusian law enforcement bodies did.

Alexander Lukashenko was also interested in the automatization process at the customs. Modernization of customs clearance offices and implementation of technological novelties are considered by the President.