The Federal Customs Service’s development strategy until 2030 outlines the trajectory of movement from electronic customs to smart customs. This is not an unfounded claim. I can say that the Federal Customs Service has already done a lot of work on this issue. Last year [...], we completed a large-scale reform of the customs authorities and created a network of electronic declaration centres and electronic customs offices to which we transferred all customs clearance. At present, 99% of all declarations are processed at electronic declaration centres using state-controlled platforms. And concentrating declarations in this manner has enabled us to take further steps towards automating numerous procedures. Over the first five months of this year, we processed 2.07 million declarations, while 545,000 declarations were processed automatically, which means that every fourth declaration that is processed by the Federal Customs Service is processed automatically, and the processing time doesn’t exceed 5 minutes — Vladimir Bulavin, Head, Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation.
Despite all the external difficulties, attention to exporters, which the government has never lost sight of, has not disappeared and, I hope, will never go away. It has resulted in statistics for this year showing figures that are completely unexpected even for us, although we are always happy about the success of exporters. Over three months, we shattered a record compared with all previous periods both in terms of absolute figures and in dynamics and in terms of growth of non-resource and non-energy exports. Today, we received the first statistics from the FCS for [the first] five months [of 2021] and they confirm this trend with growth in non-resource and non-energy exports — Veronika Nikishina, Chief Executive Officer, Russian Export Centre.
Despite the decline in global trade and the lack of personal protective equipment [...], we continued to develop production and achieved the ability to export very quickly. Importing goods is more difficult. We have very strict requirements for the goods that come to us. We managed to reduce the number of difficulties and restrictions that we have in exports and make exporting easier. We know, for example, that the Russian economy is highly dependent on oil and gas, and most importantly, there should be no disruptions here. As for our system, I can say that it has worked very well in this regard. We have shown flexibility, and decisions have been made quickly. The sustainability we have worked out has helped us develop our port systems, and even with a shortage of personnel, we have been able to work on improving our systems and import low-risk goods — H.E. Saleh bin Majid Al-Khulaifi, Assistant Undersecretary for Commerce Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the State of Qatar.
Like the railway industry, we seem to be the beneficiaries of the pandemic restrictions. This is primarily due to the restriction of passenger air traffic. Consequently, a huge number of goods that had been transported on planes via regular flights switched to the next fastest mode of transport – railways. Similarly, cross-border car traffic was limited — Alexandrs Isurins, President, Chairman of the Executive Board, TransContainer.