The Supreme Audit Institutions of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan held the Summit of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan on the results of the monitoring of compliance with the procedure for crediting and distributing import custom duties and their transferring to the government budgets by the appropriate authorities of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union in 2018. The auditors Andrei Baturkin and Valery Bogomolov represented Russia at the Summit.
«The completeness and timeliness of budget revenues of the EAEU members from import duties is one of the key issues for the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union. Andrei Baturkin, the auditor of the Accounts Chamber of Russia, noted in his opening speech. In the Russian Federation, in particular, a substantial part of the federal budget is generated from revenues from import and export, including a levy of import customs duties. In 2018, revenues from import custom duties in the Russian Federation amounted to more than RUB 673 billion. RUB 100 billion of them have been distributed between the member states of the Union».
According to the audit, in 2018 the appropriate authorities of the EAEU member states generally ensured compliance with the procedure for distributing import customs duties.
The total amount of import customs duties received by the parties in 2018 amounted to $ 12.3 billion. Compared to 2017, revenues increased by $ 667.3 million, or 5.7%.
In 2018 the problem areas, connecting with the distribution of import customs duties under the new distribution standards, as well as the application of the procedure for crediting and distributing the amounts of import customs duties, by new members of the Union, were eliminated.
However, the member states failed to resolve the controversial situation that has arisen due to non-distribution of import customs duties on goods, imported by organizations-users of subsurface resources by the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2014-2018.
In addition, actions to ensure interaction between the central customs authorities, using the integrated information system of foreign and mutual trade, have not been completed. As it was noted at the meeting, it is necessary to complete measures to introduce national subsystems into the Union’s information system. Russia is ready to take part in testing information interaction from the 4th quarter of this year. «The establishment of an integrated information system of foreign and mutual trade will ensure more transparent and reliable monitoring of the implementation of the mechanism for crediting and distribution of import customs duties», Andrei Baturkin noted.
In accordance with the decision made at the meeting, the report on the audit will be sent to the Government of the Russian Federation, as well as to the Chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
The parties also approved an External Audit (Control) Plan in the bodies of the Eurasian Economic Union for 2020.