The Ministry of Infrastructure and the State Fiscal Service have signed a memorandum of cooperation on information technology, which relates to cooperation on procedures at seaports. The document was signed by Minister of Infrastructure Andrii Pyvovarskyi and the State Fiscal Service’s head Roman Nasyrov, the CFTS portal’s correspondent reports from the Cabinet of Ministers.

The parties will improve the process of handling cargoes and establish information sharing between the information systems of the two agencies. In particular, duplication of information that marine agents submit about goods being transported in containers will be eliminated.

The first stage of simplification of customs procedures will affect domestic and foreign transit cargoes. The next stage will involve introduction of such rules for import cargoes.

"Previously, customs clearance procedures, which could take several days, took place only after a ship entered a port. Now, our aim is to reduce the clearance time to zero," Pyvovarskyi said. That is, performance of customs formalities will take place before a ship's arrival in port.

In addition, Nasyrov said that the system would begin full operation within two months.