Due to the changes introduced by the Government in the course of upgrading the Ukrainian customs, revenues from its activities rose by over UAH 2 billion in August. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the Government session on Tuesday.
"In August revenue growth has been demonstrated by the Ukrainian customs”, said Volodymyr Groysman. “For August, the plan was over UAH 19 billion. We received over UAH 21 billion. This means that over UAH 2 billion, to be precise the sum worth UAH 2 billion 340 million was directed to the State Treasury at the account of the fact that we are destroying the deals that occur in the customs”.
The Prime Minister noted that after the Government had announced a reform of the customs service as one of its priorities, in May there was a decrease in gains, "as everyone stopped to export smuggled goods, everyone began to wait till we change our mind, considering we lack the willpower to remain steadfast. But when they realized that we are serious, they immediately began to import goods, to pay the fees".
Volodymyr Groysman reminded that the Government had introduced a number of innovations at the Ukrainian customs, in particular, launched the Single Window system, operation of interregional customs services, mobile teams for the prevention and detection of violations of customs legislation. Soon we’ll see preliminary results of their work on preventing of smuggling in the country.
The Head of Government noted that the Single Window had also shown its effectiveness. "One shouldn’t run visiting various offices, as there is a single window to apply for a particular service. But this is only the beginning", he stressed.
The Prime Minister reminded that following his visit to USA he had asked for support in reforming the Ukrainian customs. On 19 September the final report by the U.S. Mission on the assessment of the needs of the Ukrainian customs service was promulgated. The Government is shortly to approve this road map and start the implementation of systemic steps designed to restore order in the Ukrainian customs, said the Head of Government.
However, he stressed that the system of the Ukrainian customs requires more significant changes; the measures introduced are only the beginning of retrofitting of it. The Prime Minister added it is crucial to alter the system and ensure transparency, efficiency whoever manages it.