Krasnodar, 23 October – Yug Times. Our today’s interviewee is Sergei Pashko, head of the Southern Customs Administration.
Q.: What were the most important events that took place in the work of the Customs Administration this year?
A.: In fact, all months of the year were full of such events. Since 1 July, our Administration covers the activities of two more Customs Offices - in Crimea and Sevastopol. Another important event was introduction of advance notification for the cargoes imported by sea. Taking into account that in our region most of the goods are imported by this kind of transport, it was really a pressing issue. The completion of the construction of the Southern Customs Administration’s Dog Training Centre in Maikop also was an important event for us. It is one of the biggest centres of the kind not only within the system of the Federal Customs Agency, but also nationwide. The Centre will be training up to 150 dog handlers and 200 sniffer dogs.
Q.: What has been the dynamics of export-import transactions this year?
A.: In January - September 2019, the customs offices of our Administration registered more than 236,200 goods declarations, or by 4.4% more than over the same period of last year. The number of export declarations grew from 107,900 up to 116,800; the number of import declarations grew from 118,300 up to 119,400. During this period, there were 8,900 importers and exporters in the region of our competence (by 6.8% more than last year). The number of exporters grew from 3,759 to 4,001, and the number of importers - from 5,583 to 5,978. Their partners came from over 150 countries.
Q.: How successfully does the Southern Customs Administration contribute to the replenishment of the federal budget?
A.: The plan for January - September was fulfilled by 102.44%. In monetary terms, we transferred 119.03 billion roubles to the federal budget (the plan was 116.19 billion). The performance above target was 2.84 billion roubles.
Q.: How do you use digital technologies in your work?
A.: Presently we are actively introducing the technologies of automatic registration of customs declarations and automatic release of goods. It is because one of the main functions of the customs authorities is to create conditions that facilitate acceleration of goods turnover, which can be reached by reducing the time needed to do the customs clearance. The dynamics is self-explanatory: in January - September 2018, 60,100 export declarations (57.3%) were registered online; the figure for the same period of this year was 87,858 (76.8%). The figures for import declarations are as follows: 22,726 (19.4%) last year, and 48,679 (41.4%) this year.
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