Some 20 mobile groups to combat smuggling in Ukraine
Some 20 mobile interagency groups to combat smuggling in Ukraine will be created in the near term, Head of the State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov has said at a briefing at the Krakovets border checkpoint.
"Some 20 mobile groups will be created and first will work on the western border, as well as in Chernihiv and Zhytomyr regions. The main goal is to cover the entire western border. We want to use them in the southern border from September 2016 and then on the border section from Kharkiv to Zhytomyr," Nasirov said.
Nasirov is confident that the customs service is able to perform all the tasks set by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to increase customs payments in coming months. He said that systemic fight against smuggling began in 2014 and the customs offices performance showed positive results –the target was over-fulfilled by UAH 5 billion only in the four months of 2016..
Nasirov said that the main task of the customs service is removal of 'grey' smuggling schemes and improvement of customs equipment.
He said that funds from the Polish loan will be used to buy scanners. They will be installed on the western border. Customs officers will have video cameras as the patrol police. Customs service is holding negotiations with suppliers of equipment and donors to raise funds to buy cameras.
Nasirov said that customs officers with cameras will begin work within two months.