At the Big Port St. Petersburg the Baltic Customs started to implement the principle of “Single examination in one place” in an experimental mode. The temporary technology of interaction of representatives of various state regulatory authorities has been developed for this purpose.
“All services will operate as a team, having agreed with each other and checking cargoes once at one place,” said Yury Kovalev, Deputy Head of the Working Group of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives for the improvement of customs administration.
Prior to this experiment, the cargoes that arrived at the port could be examined independently by various regulatory agencies - the customs authorities, the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Monitoring Service (Rosselkhoznadzor) and the Federal Service for Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor).
According to the statistics, no less than 1.5% of all incoming containers are actually double checked at the port of St. Petersburg. For those who fall within this percentage, repeated examinations may result in the significant increase in costs, in particular, at the cargo displacement in the port territory.
The participants of the experiment will be able to use the results of the customs supervision conducted at the preliminary stage.
“However, to take the advantage of this option, it is necessary to conduct the customs supervision more carefully than it is usually accepted. But those, who want to avoid a repeated examination, can pass the more careful procedure of goods inspection in advance,” said Yury Kovalev.
The technology of cooperation of officials during the inspection and examination of goods has been specially developed to reduce the time for the completion of customs formalities.
“Of course, the technology still needs to be “polished” under real conditions. We hope that in case of successful implementation of the experiment, the current regulations will become the basis for the development of the official order that will create a regulatory framework for large-scale implementation of the principle “Single examination in one place” all over the country,” said Yury Kovalev.
The experiment at the port of St. Petersburg will last until the end of 2016. If it is successful, it is planned to use the technology of single cargo examination at other Russian ports.
“Single examination at one place” is a pilot project of the working group for the improvement of business environment under the Government Commission on Economic Development and Integration. The project is based on the target model, which provides for reducing the time, simplifying the procedures and reducing the cost of their passage. The target models have been developed based on the best practices of the countries leading in the World Bank’s ranking DoingBusiness. Each target model describes ”step by step instructions”, what procedures need to be undergone for import and export of goods and services, for obtaining construction permits, permits for business registration and property rights, and connection to the power grid.