The Government will shortly submit for approval to the
National Council of Reforms a strategy of reforming the Ukrainian customs aimed
to ensure the launch of it from 1 January 2017. This was stated by Prime
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman at the meeting of the National Council
of Reforms under the chairmanship of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on
"We are going shortly to table the proposals to the
National Council of Reforms in order to approve the reform strategy for the
Ukrainian customs. We would prefer that this large-scale process begin from the
1st January 2017", said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister noted that the Government had completed
preliminary activities on needs assessment, restoring order and modernization
of the Ukrainian customs.
In this regard, he thanked the United States of America for
the organization and holding of the Mission, and obtaining a Report of its
Volodymyr Groysman also noted that from August of the
current year the customs service had been showing a positive dynamics: revenues
to the State budget had grown. Thus, as compared to the approved numbers
additional amount of inflows made up UAH 1.2 billion.
"It's not enough. We need serious, systematic, comprehensive
changes," he said.
The Head of Government noted the importance of retrofitting
of the customs service of Ukraine, as "gray imports and smuggling are destroying
the economic potential of the state, preventing Ukrainian businesses become
competitive" and hindering the development of the national economy.