Russia to improve its position in Doing Business’ foreign trade ranking this year – Federal Customs Service
In 2018 Russia can considerably improve its position in the Doing Business ranking covering foreign trade activities, IAA PortNews correspondent cites Ruslan Davydov, deputy head of FCS of Russia, as saying at the extended meeting of the Board of Advisors on Customs Policy of the North-Western Customs Administration.
Last year Russia climbed from 140th to 100th position. According to Ruslan Davydov this position does not reflect actual state of things in Russia. “We hope we will manage to move forward considerably this year as our records show that customs procedure have become faster”, he said.
When speaking about the prospects of Russia, Ruslan Davydov emphasized that all countries compete on equal terms regardless of customs border existence. Expectedly, the first 17 positions are held by EU countries without customs border with each other. Their paperwork takes one hour. “With our key trade partners on import of spare parts – Germany, and on export of steel – Italy – we have a customs border. Therefore, we cannot compete with EU countries and it is logical to compare Russia with EurAsEC countries like Belorussia which ranks the 30th”, said Ruslan Davydov.
Aleksandr Getman, head of the North-Western Customs Authority, said that special attention was paid to Baltic Customs. “When comparing the results of work with other ports in the South and in the Far East, we see that Baltic Customs is more efficient in many respects” said Aleksandr Getman.