Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 23 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
In Kazakhstan we need nine documents and 81 days for exporting goods, chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee of Majlis (lower house) of the Kazakh parliament Gulzhana Karagusova said speaking at the government hour on Monday.
"According to the data of 'Doing Business', nine documents and 81 days are needed for the export of goods. By comparison, in Georgia four documents and only nine days are needed. The situation on imports is not satisfactory either with 12 documents and 69 days needed. In Georgia it is four documents and 10 days," the MP said.
She said that according to the rating of the World Bank (WB) 'Doing Business 2013', Kazakhstan is at 182 out of a 185 possible places which is down by four points compared with 2012 on International trade. As you know, this index is calculated based on the total number of documents and the time and costs associated with the passage of all procedures required for export and import of goods.
"Kazakhstan's position on the ranking also speaks of the need for urgent measures to improve the customs administration," Karagusova said.
According to her, the functioning of Kazakhstan in the framework of the Customs Union requires special attention.
"The area of the Customs Union has quickly become an ideal scheme for the transfer of funds in offshore accounts due to the absence of border controls in the territory. And to control fraudulent exporters who enjoy this loophole is very difficult," the deputy said.
According to her, today the acute question is the need for information exchange on a supranational level and in particular cooperation between the customs authorities of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
"While the absence of such an interaction also affects the quality of the goods declaration, it increases the clearance time at the border," Karagusova said.
According to the deputy, a substantial amount of money from the state budget will be allocated for the modernisation of Customs.
In particular in the draft national budget for the years 2014-2016, 2.5 billion tenge ($ 1-153,08 tenge) is planned solely for the modernisation of the customs services for 2014 and 467.5 million tenge for construction of customs control and customs infrastructure.
"Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the need for the efficient use of allocated funds and I hope that in the near future the infrastructure at customs offices as well as the quality of the customs procedures will meet international standards," the deputy said.
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