Today, on November 6, the Head of the State Customs Service Maxym Nefiodov presented the project of development of infrastructure of priority checkpoints of SCS of Ukraine, in accordance with the commission given by the Prime Minister of Ukraine in the framework of a working visit to Chernivtsi region.
In particular, the project stipulates for 16 checkpoints to be overhauled during 2020. These are the following checkpoints: Yagodyn, Ustilug, Krakowiec, Rava-Ruska, Shehyni, Uzhgorod, Chop, Luzhansk, Porubne, Krasnoilsk, Diakivtsi, Mohyliv Podilskyi, Kuchurgan, Reni, Bachivsk, Novi Yarylovychi.
"When talking about the state of customs infrastructure, the most important thing is to decide what to do next. And the most important thing here is not the availability of funds, but the ability to apply those funds with taking into account savings. It is rather critical for us to work efficiently. Everyone should understand what result it will yield? And we consider it crucial to build a certain "menu". And as cliché as it sounds, it is critical to invest in infrastructure," Maxym Nefiodov said.
According to the Head of the Customs Service, it is vital to overcome internal problems. In its time, the State Fiscal Service used to be unable to make effective use of funds allocated from the State Budget. They had been applied neither for construction nor for scanners.
"Our team considers it urgent to learn how to work efficiently. By the end of next year, in many cities, we will see a big difference in the real reduction of border crossing times, as well as in the creation of better security conditions so that to prevent smuggling of cigarettes, amber and other cultural values. And I believe we will succeed. There are things one can improve through changing approach. It is necessary to have a specific roadmap in infrastructure. The main task for us is to do our job well," Maxym Nefiodov said.
The construction activities in checkpoints Rava-Ruska, Krakowiec, Shehyni will be carried out at the expense of the Polish loan. The Special Fund's expenditures for 2020 amount to UAH 98 million.
By the end of 2020, 12 priority checkpoints under the plan should be completed, 2 - by the end of 2021 and another 2 - by the end of 2022.
Besides, it is planned to additionally equip 3 points with scanning systems for customs control, in particular, Bachivsk, Hoptivka, Novi Yarylovychi.
The marginal expenditures of the next budgetary period to the tune of UAH 488 million have been planned. To complete the implementation of the infrastructure development project there is a need for additional financing in the amount of UAH 878 million.