Ukraine suggests simplifying customs procedures with Moldova and Italy

Ukraine suggests simplifying customs procedures with Moldova and Italy

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The stable increase in turnover between Ukraine and Moldova, Ukraine and Italy requires simplification of customs procedures and intensification of efforts to counteract the offences.

Acting Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Myroslav Prodan said this during the trilateral meeting with Director General of the Customs and Monopoly Agency of the Italian Republic Giovanni Kessler and Director General of the Customs Service of Moldova Vitalie Vrabie in Rome.

"Our agencies must effectively meet the new challenges, including in terms of modern management, highly qualified personnel, wide use of IT and the latest technical means of customs control," Myroslav Prodan said.

As he noted, the intensified cooperation in law enforcement is the promising area in the customs field for Ukraine, Moldova and Italy. Such cooperation, primarily, implies the exchange of information when moving excisable goods, the exchange of operational feedforward information on possible violations of customs legislation in air transportation, the exchange of information on watercraft, which have recently been actively imported to Ukraine and used in the territorial waters of Italy by Ukrainian citizens, as well as training of cynological teams.

According to the data of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, the trade turnover between Ukraine and Moldova and Ukraine and Italy showed a stable trend toward growth over the past years. Thus, just since the beginning of this year, trade with Moldova has increased by 78% compared with the corresponding period last year, while trade with Italy has increased by 30%.

In 2017, Ukraine-Italy trade totaled $4.1 billion, 25% up compared with 2016. Since the beginning of 2018, it has amounted to $1.5 billion already.

In 2017, Ukraine-Moldova trade totaled $814 million, 54% up compared with 2016. For the four months of 2018, it amounted to $301 million.

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