Among the Government's priorities for 2017 is retrofitting
the customs service that will allow the country to increase revenues from
customs duties due to the elimination of corruption schemes. Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said during a seminar dedicated to considering the
development of the investment and export potential of regions on Monday.
“Our goal is to modernize the customs service in 2017, to grow
these revenues. These funds belong to the Ukrainian people”, said the Head of
The Prime Minister noted that the Government had succeeded
in liquidation of a number of corruption schemes at the customs. Since the
beginning of the customs service reform in May of 2016, already in August,
there was achieved a steady growth of proceeding to the State Budget.
December saw a 20% overfulfillment
of planned incomes from payment of customs duties. "It makes up UAH 4
billion that used to be the income from corruption schemes and distributed
among the pockets [of corrupt officials – ed.]. Nowadays
these funds are serving the country," he said.
Volodymyr Groysman added that measures to prevent grey
imports also contribute to protection of domestic producers.