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21 December 2020, 13:24

Belarus' Customs to focus on digital technologies

MINSK, 21 December (BelTA) – The introduction of digital technologies will be the key trend in the work of the State Customs Committee of Belarus, BelTA learned from the committee's newly appointed chairman Vladimir Orlovsky on 21 December.

Vladimir Orlovsky said: “The key task is to clear Belarusian exports within literally minutes and get imported raw materials and components for our manufacturing enterprises processed promptly.”

The new head of the Belarusian customs service reminded that the customs service is experimenting with the remote clearance of cargoes: cargoes are registered in one location while a customs officer in a totally different location takes care of that. Plans have been made to introduce the technology all over the country next year.

Vladimir Orlovsky pointed out that it took up to 48 hours to clear an imported cargo five years ago. Now about 85% of all the foreign trade cargoes are processed within two hours, with all kinds of checks done and payments collected.

According to the chairman of the State Customs Committee, freight transit via Belarus and the country's overall freight traffic have not shrunk despite the coronavirus pandemic. “Cargoes get transported. The customs service officers, who used to focus on the transportation of natural persons across the border, will be redeployed to take care of cargoes. It will have a positive effect on cargo clearance,” Vladimir Orlovsky is convinced.

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