On June 22, 2020, the EBA Lviv Customs Committee members discussed two draft laws №3562 dated May 29, 2020, and №3562-1 dated June 16, 2020, on Amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine regarding the customs value of goods. After the meeting, the participants noted the following:
- Amendments to the legislation regarding customs valuation and controlling procedures should be accompanied by the transparent process of forming a risk management system at the customs, the operation of which is proposed as one of the principal grounds for such control measures
- The customs officials’ powers in the framework of customs valuation should be transparent and directly regulated by the Customs Code of Ukraine
- Expansion of the grounds for conducting a post-audit, including customs value, will result in a significant burden on business by regulatory authorities, which will negatively influence Ukraine’s investment climate.
Companies also mentioned that those changes are not on time since the business must concentrate on conditions caused by quarantine measures and the fight against COVID-19 in Ukraine. Therefore, the participants of the meeting concluded that two drafts should be recalled. They need to be refined and involved professionals in this field, represented by the Association.
On behalf of the meeting participants, we express our gratitude to Igor Sokolovskyi, Head of the Customs Committee of the EBA Western Ukrainian office, for the precise and professional information provided at the meeting.