: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Mobile teams to be set up in Ukraine to supervise customs officers work

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Wednesday will consider the issue on establishing inter-agency mobile teams, consisting of customs officers, border guards, tax police and law enforcement officers, to fight against smuggling at the country`s customs houses, said Chief of the State Fiscal Service Roman Nasirov at a briefing in Kyiv.
”I expect that on Wednesday we will sign an interagency agreement and create mobile teams,” Nasirov said.
At this, Nasirov stressed that the activity of the first units would focus on the major areas of concern.
”It is a matter of weeks. We will be able to launch mobile teams. I think it will be Volyn region, Zakarpattia, and the south, including Odesa, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions, and in part, Sumy and Kharkiv customs offices,” Nasirov said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman announced the establishment of an inter-agency unit to monitor the activity of customs officers.
It is planned to create 20 mobile teams consisting of officers of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, border guards, the police and the State Fiscal Service, and tasked with assessing and verifying the efficiency of customs houses across the country. The prime minister emphasized that smuggling as a phenomenon must be eliminated in Ukraine.
Customs transfers to the state budget in January-April amounted to UAH 69.8 billion, which is higher by 21%, or UAH 12.1 billion, compared to the same period last year.
According to the State Fiscal Service, in 2015 consolidated budget revenue by means of  income tax and customs transfers amounted to UAH 587.1 billion.


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