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‘Single window’ at customs: the core of innovations from the Cabinet of Ministers Back

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On April 5, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the first reading the bill “On amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine and some other legislative acts of Ukraine regarding introduction of a mechanism of ‘single window’ and optimization of implementation of control procedures for movement of goods across the customs border of Ukraine”.

The purpose of the bill is to reduce the time expenditure for business for registration of goods at customs through making a single submission by an enterprise of a unified set of information through a ‘single window’ at the customs.

It is expected that the information web portal “Single Window for International Trade” will provide an opportunity to:

  • exchange documents and information on movement of goods and vehicles across the customs border of Ukraine between the parties concerned;
  • transfer the relevant permits or information on entering (excluding) the goods in an appropriate register to the revenue and fee authorities in electronic form with the use of electronic digital signature by the state bodies, institutions and organizations;
  • use information from the relevant registers or documents by revenues and collection authorities;
  • use single-entry information multiple times, etc.

The bill provides that it will be the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine that will ensure creation and operation of such a web portal, as well as carry out the functions of its holder and administrator.

It is also proposed to amend a number of laws, in particular the Customs Code of Ukraine regarding attribution to the duties of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine to determine the codes of goods according to the Ukrainian Commodity Coding System, the transfer of which through the customs border of Ukraine is prohibited or restricted; as well as maintenance and publication on their website the lists of such prohibitions or restrictions, etc.

Although the ‘single window’ has been gradually introduced since 2016 at the level of acts of the Cabinet, noticeable shifts in customs clearance have not been not observed yet. Therefore, it can be assumed that with adoption of such a law, in future, the obviously outdated system of customs clearance of goods will fundamentally change.