The International Customs Forum opened in Moscow with a panel session “Operation of a unified network of electronic customs and electronic declaration centers (EDC)”

The International Customs Forum 2021 started at the World Trade Center (Moscow) in October 21.

The forum was opened with a panel session “Operation of a unified network of electronic customs and electronic declaration centers (EDC)”. The event aimed to discuss the conditions for an open dialogue between customs authorities and the business community on issues of E-Declaration Centers and introduction of dispatching declarations for goods.

Ruslan Davydov, First Deputy Head of the FCS of Russia, Singh Atul, Additional Director for Systems of the Main Administration of Indirect Taxes and Customs of India, Nazariy Skrypnik, Head of the Federal Accreditation Service (Rosaccreditation), Rafael Zverev, Deputy Head of the Moscow Regional Customs and Head of the Electronic Declaration Center, and others took part in the discussion.

Ruslan Davydov spoke about the last year’s results of reforming the customs authorities. “The establishment of the EDCs is the most important project in recent years. It has determined the development of the customs authorities for years to come. There were electronic customs offices and 16 e-declaration centers set up, where the entire declaration registration is now concentrated,” Ruslan Davydov noted.

He emphasized that process automation frees inspectors from routine operations and boosts workforce productivity. “Declarations submitted by low-risk companies are cleared automatically today. This is more than 26% of all declarations, with over 20% of them being import and about 40% being export declarations. Automation allows us to save human resources that can be used in other areas,” Ruslan Davydov said.

Rafael Zverev, Head of the Electronic Declaration Center of the Moscow Regional Customs, spoke about the declaration scopes of the largest import-oriented EDC and plans for further automation of processes. “The Moscow Region has historically been the largest hub for imported goods clearance. About 80% of pharmaceuticals, flowers, food products go through this region and are processed in our EDC. Thanks to the automation technology, about 120,000 declarations for goods have been issued since the beginning of the year without officials involved,” Rafael Zverev noted.

Sergey Nekrylov, Head of the Export-Import Operations Department of Oskolsky Electrometallurgical Plant JSC, noted a positive impact of digitalization and automation of customs authorities on the activities of importers and exporters. He emphasized that electronic declaration has become a great advantage, which made it possible to minimize contact between the inspector and the declarant, as well as to speed up the processes of goods registration.

The session also included a teleconference with the Electronic Declaration Centers demonstrating EDCs’ operation online.