|UKRAINIAN VICE PRIME MINISTER TIGIPKO MEETS WITH UPS AND DHL SAYS UKRAINE NEEDS TO MODERNIZE ITS CUSTOMS REGULATIONS|
VPM Tigipko proposes approval of amendments to the customs code and other initiatives
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)
UKRAINIAN VICE PRIME MINISTER TIGIPKO MEETS WITH UPS AND DHL SAYS UKRAINE NEEDS TO MODERNIZE ITS CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
VPM Tigipko stressed that Ukraine needs to modernize its customs regulations and to bring it in line with the requirements of the modern world and promised his full support to this process. The major issues impacting the speed of clearance are partly due to the current legislation which will only change with the approval of the amendments to the Customs Code in the Parliament.
Several immediate initiatives were proposed by VPM Tihipko in order to streamline the process of clearance of express shipments:
 packages for private individuals with the declared value below 200 Euros and which do not require additional payments to be cleared on the day of arrival and all additional paperwork to be cancelled asap.
 Non tariff regulation permissions for non dutiable shipments to be delegated to the Customs Services to avoid time consuming applications to numerous state authorities.
 Customs Services was advised to accept a practice of maximum 5% inspection of packages which is in line with the best international practices.
Also the proposed measures will only resolve a part of the major problem but this will be a big relief for the thousands of express operators’ customers and the first ever “walk the talk” in the facilitation of the customs issues impacting delivery of express packages to Ukraine.
BUSINESS COMMUNITY HURT BY EXTREMELY SLOW SYSTEM
“The archaic, inefficient, slow and extremely complicated customs procedures have been discussed with Ukrainian government officials for four years now and little progress if any has been made. It is a typical situation when equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars will stand idle for a week waiting for the spare parts worth 100 dollars while the parts get cleared at customs," said Williams.
"The business community contacts USUBC on a regular basis about the terrible express package system operated by the Customs Service in Ukraine," according to Williams. "USUBC has had the improvement of the handling of express packages as one of its top priorities since 2008. Almost no improvement in the system has taken place in the last two years."
UKRAINE'S SYSTEM IS ONE OF THE WORST IN THE WORLD
NOTE: UPS and DHL are members of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Wash, D.C., www.usubc.org.