The parties discussed the issues of combating abusing practices among the customs officers including smuggling, as well as changes in the work of customs office in general.
The prime minister stressed that the entire customs system, from the main directorates to local customs offices and border crossing points, use various smuggling practices that decrease the state budget revenues by tens of billions of hryvnias due to tax evasion.
"The smuggling practices used by the customs, in particular, branded goods contraband, also destroy the domestic producers," the prime minister stressed. At the same time, according to him, the overcoming of contraband practices will boost the development of domestic industry.
"We must put an end to this and make sure that all the goods that cross the border are honestly cleared through customs without the use of a variety of approaches, including customs value understatement," the PM said.
Speaking about the upcoming changes in the work of the customs office, Volodymyr Hroisman said that the agency would be re-equipped. In particular, equipment to scan goods will be installed at the border-crossing points. The software will also be improved and the risk management system's work will be intensified. In addition, about 20 flying squads consisting of members of the National Anti-corruption Bureau, State Border Guard Service, police, and State Fiscal Service will be created in the near future to combat the contraband practices.