Customs procedures to be digitalized

Goods transit in Serbia was completely computerized two and a half years ago. Simpler import and export procedures would cut costs for businesses, but in order to do this, the state needs to switch from use of paper documents to computers which requires improvements in the existing information system.

“The new Customs Law is largely harmonized with the EU regulation and stipulates that the communication between the customs service and the parties in the process is done solely through electronic means”, explains Veselin Milosevic, deputy director of the Customs Administration.

However, in order for paper customs declarations to become the thing of the past and for the Customs Administration to move to e-commerce, new and upgraded existing IT system has to be developed. That requires time, but the entire process should be completed by 2020 at the latest. Milosevic says that the plan is for customs procedures to be fully computerized by 2023.

A truck loaded in Turkey, which is heading to Germany, can be tracked via computer which sends a message to all the countries through which the truck passes.

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“We want to introduce such a system here too, both in terms of import and export”, Milosevic explains. “We are also introducing a new classification of customs procedures relating to placing goods into free circulation. There are also novelties associated with storing goods in free zones which will be treated as a special customs procedure, the so-called free zone procedure. A mandatory insurance for most customs procedures has been introduced too, while the customs procedures relating to the inward processing of goods under customs control have been abolished. Now, inward processing could be approved without an obligation for the goods to be re-imported”, Milosevic adds.

Furthermore, the provisions of the new Customs Law have also improved the position of the so-called authorized business entity. The period during which goods can be temporarily stored has increased from 20 to 90 days, while goods can remain under the temporary import regime for up to 10 years.

Every second dinar of state budget revenue comes from customs

“The Customs Administration revenues made 48% of the total state budget revenues last year, which practically means that every second dinar of the state budget revenue comes from customs”, says Milosevic and adds: “Only in the first six months of 2018, we paid into the state budget about 250 million euro more than last year. Our obligation is to continue at this pace, which will enable us to implement the new Customs Law”.

(Vecernje Novosti, 03.09.2018)

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