The business of Lviv region heard further plans of customs work
Customs infrastructure issues, traffic flow patterns, situation with the Single Window, lack of permits for international transportation were discussed by business representatives in Lviv region during a meeting of the EBA Western Ukrainian Office Customs Committee with acting Head of the Lviv Customs Yevhen Safonov and Pavlo Makedon, the Deputy Chief, on September 4.
Thus, in terms of infrastructure, all parties understand that there is a long-standing need for reconstruction of road crossing points and repairing of access roads. Therefore, Yevhen Safonov said that in 2 years a separate point should be built at Krakivets for passenger transport, and a complete reconstruction will take place at Shehyni. The road to Hrushiv is also expected to be repaired since this border crossing point is well upgraded and can offload other points.
According to customs officials, in the context of border crossings, the Ukrainian and Polish officials signed a Memorandum on the of cars that pass the border on each checkpoint. At the same time, if the Ukrainian side adheres to the terms of agreement and is ready to draw more than is agreed, the Polish side? On the other hand, does not follow the agreements. This situation needs to be solved at the political level. Also, in order to accelerate the border crossing, the pilot project “Electronic Queue” is being considered.
Regarding the organization of the Single Window customs work, the Association’s companies still have no comments on the work of the customs, but the uncoordinated work of related services and the lack of technical equipment of their employees negates the great idea.
In the context of logistics, the lack of permits for international transportation for Ukrainian logistic companies has become a serious threat this year, as companies cannot deliver their goods to their foreign partners in time. Such situation significantly harms the reputation of both Ukrainian and foreign manufacturers operating in Ukraine. According to Yevhen Safonov, the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland recently met in Warsaw to discuss the issue, and there would be an additional meeting arranged in late September.
At the same time, the companies discussed the possibility of organizing a single line for tax free cars from Poland to Ukraine, in order to strengthen the control of smuggling. Companies have also suggested customs officials to rotate their employees within one post automatically as for example their Polish colleagues do. It might reduce the personal influence of some employees on corruption schemes and better organize the internal work of the customs officers.
On behalf of the participants of the meeting, we express our sincere gratitude to Yevhen Safonov and Pavlo Makedon for the opportunity to have open dialogue and discussion of problematic aspects of business in terms of export-import operations. As we saw during the meeting, companies welcome the positive changes and plans that the service is undertaking in order to improve effective and transparent cooperation with business entities. We are still ready to support good innovations at customs, as well as to provide initiatives to improve existing problems.