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 Three months needed to curb shadow schemes at customs, Hroisman says

Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman says no more than three months are needed for the new government to eradicate shadow schemes and graft at the Ukrainian customs.

He set a corresponding task at a Cabinet meeting, Censor.NET reports citing government press service.

"The task is absolutely simple - within a quarter as maximum, within three months, we have to set up a high-quality risk management system, eliminate shadow schemes, ensure quality monitoring, provide customs checkpoints with technical means, establish a high-quality interaction with the Border Guard Service and other law enforcement agencies," Hroisman said.

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According to him, the shadow flows at customs make not less than 20 percent of all payments due to which the state budget is underpaid some UAH 50 billion (approx. $1.96 billion) annually.

In particular, the announced plans include simplifying customs procedures, bringing them in line with European standards, developing and modernizing customs infrastructure, making services electronic, launching a single-window system, and improving the exchange of information with foreign counterparts.

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Hroisman also stressed the need to appoint a professional and uncompromising head of the customs service.

It was decided to institute the post of customs attache of Ukraine in China. The prime minister also instructed that an issue of upgrading the automated risk management system be tackled within a fortnight.

"We should take a decision and find means to launch the system," he said.

Hroisman also instructed that a working group to settle the issue of customs inspection video recording be formed.

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