Tetiana Ostrikova: “One-stop shop” mechanism will minimize the communication of entrepreneurs with officials and thus will minimize corruption”

The parliament adopted in the first reading a bill #7010, which regulates the introduction of a “one-stop shop” mechanism when moving goods across the customs border. Tetiana Ostrikova, MP representing Samopomich faction in the Verkhovna Rada, is a co-author of the document.

Speaking about the “one-stop” principle she accentuates, “This means that all the permits that the state issues for certain types of goods to the subjects of external economic activity (exporters, importers) should be available in an electronic format in a single automated information system. If the state has already issued a document to you once, you do not have to make endless copies of it and attach it to each declaration or run about attaching seals to the customs declaration and accompanying documents in various supervisory services. All this happens automatically in electronic mode. If the supervisory services have no claims, customs clearance and release of goods take place under the principle of tacit consent of these bodies.”

The need to adopt the bill #7010 as soon as possible was due to the haste of the Cabinet of Ministers in introducing the principle of “one-stop shop”. Thus, by its resolution, the government had obliged the subjects of external economic activity to be registered under the principle of the “one-stop shop” from February 1, but there was no legal framework introduced into the laws for this.

Tetiana Ostrikova emphasizes, “The customs was ready, but what about related bodies and inspectors?” It turned out that the related bodies did not have a common system with the customs. The bill #7010 solves this problem. It introduces a single automated system of international trade – the “one-stop shop” principle – which will include both supervisory authorities and customs, which will let see the availability of certain documents in electronic form.”

In addition, she says, the adoption of the document will significantly reduce corruption-related factors. The MP explains, “So you go hat in hand to officials in order to get a stamp and then they come up with a far-fetched pretext for checking your cargo again and again. Consequently, your cargo is delayed. If it’s food, then the cargo spoils. In the end, you have to make concessions, pay for some kind of illegal assistance. Whereas due to the electronic form there will be no contact with officials. If the goods have already received a prior authorization document, they are considered certified.”

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