Throughout 5 days of work a new team of Odessa Customs Office
has fulfilled a monthly plan of customs revenues to fill the state budget, stated
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during Dragon Capital 13th Annual
Ukraine Investor Conference.
"A new acting head of the State Fiscal Service sent me
the information yesterday - I was in Turkey – about the results of activities
of the Odessa Customs Office. We had formed a separate division of 17 people
who went there to organize proper work. I would like to give just one figure:
throughout 5 days the Odessa Customs has implemented the plan of one month. Just
imagine the scale of corruption at the Odessa Customs", urged Volodymyr
Odessa customs covers 50% of all procedures of control over
the flow of goods all across Ukraine, he added.
"We will stop that, we will
overcome corruption in all customs offices of the country. We will control the
reform of the customs. We must eliminate inefficient customs. Hence, we’ll
achieve two goals: on the one hand, we will ensure filling of the Ukrainian
budget and will create conditions for strong competition", explained Volodymyr
According to him, "gray import" prevents budget
revenues and destroys competitiveness among the producers.
The customs reform is included into agenda of priority
reforms for the Government, he said. The Government has developed the tools and
resources for its modernization.
"We want them [customs services
– ed.] to be transparent, automated and fast", he said.