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Belarus, Russia to design smart system to inspect international mail packages

Economy 21.09.2018 | 19:13
Vladimir Bulavin. Photo courtesy of Kominform
Vladimir Bulavin. Photo courtesy of Kominform

MINSK, 21 September (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia intend to create an intellectual platform to inspect international mail packages, BelTA learned from Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia Vladimir Bulavin on 21 September.

A session of the board of the Customs Committee of the Union State of Belarus and Russia took place in Minsk on 21 September. “We've reached an agreement with the State Customs Committee of Belarus on two fundamental programs. The first program is designed to create a smart system to check images taken by x-ray inspection machines. These images will be digitized and processed to find the items, which are not specified by the digital customs declarations. Another smart system will be created to inspect international mail packages. The volume of international mail has increased considerably in the last few years. We need radically new approaches to handle it. In the future we are going to create a system, which will allow us to reliably control online trade traffic from the point of view of collecting the necessary fees and from the point of view of preventing the mailing of forbidden things. Apart from that, our Belarusian colleagues are starting to work actively with the World Customs Organization. We've agreed on joint actions in WCO working groups,” said Vladimir Bulavin.

A session of the joint board of the customs services of the Customs Union member states also took place in Minsk. Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia Vladimir Bulavin stressed: “The Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union came into force on 1 January 2018. The business community had taken an active part in the development of the document. All the Eurasian Economic Union member states will have to pass new customs legislation. Most of the novelties will be related to the formation of a digital environment, which allows businesses to conveniently and speedily fill in declarations and allows customs service agencies to effectively take care of economic security. This strategic direction should be reflected in future work of the joint board.”

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