New Customs Code simplifies the procedure of customs documentation of goods, head of Kyiv regional customs house Volodymyr Grygoriev told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to him, from January 1, 2012 the time of customs procedure reduces from 24 hours to 4 hours.

The official also informed that the new Customs Code significantly simplifies the relations between entrepreneurs and customs house and toughens the responsibility of customs officials for groundless detention of goods.

"Entrepreneurs can personally register in electronic system the date of customs declaration, and customs officials will bear responsibility for violation of the term of customs documentation," Grygoriev said.

He also added that the new Customs Code introduces such notion as "compromise in customs case". "It means that in case of revealing some violations of the declaration procedure the goods can be released anyway till the end of investigation. Besides, the new Customs Code frees entrepreneurs from responsibility for unintended mistakes," the official said and added that the current legislation considers such mistakes as contraband and provides for serious consequences.

Grygoriev pointed out that the news Customs Code decriminalizes contraband as it is, canceling criminal responsibility and introducing fines. "Presently, if an entrepreneur brings a car in a contraband way he faces criminal persecution. But the new Customs Code provides only for confiscation and fine at the amount of 100% cost of the good," Grygoriev gave an example.

He also told that the new Customs Code has reduced the list of violations of customs procedure regulations and revised the list of penalties for committing these violations.

As one of many other innovations Grygoriev mentioned the introduction of special simplified customs procedures for honest entrepreneurs. "Ukrainian entrepreneurs, who work for a long time on the market, don't have debts and don't commit violations, will get a status of an authorized operator of economic activity, which will enable him to conduct simplified customs procedures with the goods," Grygoriev summed up.

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