Both Ukrainian and Russian businesses feel new complications of the customs procedures - Firtash
From January 28 Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation reintroduced risk profiles that subject Ukrainian products (food, trade equipment, machinery and metal) to the intensive customs control, reports the Federation of Employers of Ukraine.
“During the customs clearing, products are being unloaded from trucks and rail cars, weighed; officers thoroughly check the conformity certificates. Russian customs authorities require cargo owners to pay additional provisory fees amounting to 5-40% of the cost of goods. These measures lead to delays in delivery of goods to Russian customers. Both Ukrainian and Russian business feel complications of customs procedures. Because of the new risk profiles, Russian companies will receive contracted in Ukraine products with long delays. Therefore, business of both countries are interested in a speedy restoration of normal import mode for Ukrainian goods to Russia,” said Dmitry Firtash, chairman of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine.
The Federation is currently engaged in talks with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Embassy of Ukraine in Russia trying to resume ASAP normal Ukrainian exports to Russia.
From August 14, 2013, Federal Customs Service of Russia included all Ukrainian importers in the list of its risk profiles. On August 19, Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine and the Russian Customs Service agreed that the additional customs control procedures would not be used against Ukrainian goods.