Kreston GCG with ACC in Ukraine Discussed Bastion Operation with Representatives of FSU
On June 13, an open dialogue between representatives of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (FSU) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (ACC), part of which is Kreston GCG, took place. The reason for the meeting was the launch of the Bastion program developed to combat smuggling at the Ukrainian customs. The key goal of the operation is to support the “white” business and help it get rid of unfair competition. In the course of the discussion, Oleksandr Vlasov, Acting Chairman of the FSU, named the need to eliminate smuggling schemes of fuel transportation and “jacket schemes” as one of the main priorities of Bastion.
Within the framework of the operation, three advisors to the Head of the operation will communicate with the business community. Each of them will be responsible for communication with a specific audience. Thus, the first advisor should maintain contact with business associations that accept complaints from representatives of “white” business. The task of the second advisor is to ensure communication with law enforcement authorities. The third advisor deals with interaction with volunteers and the society.
The discussion also included the following:
– restoring the competition for the position of the Head of the Tax Service;
– 100% declaration and implementation of electronic queue at customs;
– results of procurement of scanners for optimization of customs services (7 out of 10 purchased) and plans for their further commissioning;
– Ukraine’s accession to the European Union Common Transit System (NCTS)
– elimination of personal contacts with customs officers by digitalization of all customs systems following the example of Azerbaijan.
Taras Dumenko, Business Development Manager at Kreston GCG, says, “The ideas of Ukraine’s accession to the NCTS system and global customs digitalization are very attractive. However, it is difficult to make a forecast about the effectiveness of Bastion operation itself. We hope that it will enable the control of goods from import to sale, and expect active actions to eliminate smuggling at the Ukrainian customs. During today’s discussion, the participants mentioned that there should be no law enforcement authorities in the customs control zone other than customs officers themselves. All in all, we hope that the Bastion team will succeed in building a communication between the services that will allow combining the actions aimed at improving the quality of control.