Ukraine and Hungary began sharing information about vehicles and goods crossing their border on October 1, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports, citing the State Fiscal Service.

The customs receives information about vehicles, the date and time of their registration, and the availability of cargo via e-mail. The system allows the customs to create risk profiles and compare information about goods and vehicles leaving Hungary for Ukraine based on indicators such as the number and range of goods.

The State Fiscal Service believes that the system will not only speed up customs control, but also allow the tracking of unscrupulous subjects of foreign economic activity.

This is the second information-sharing project between Ukraine and an EU country. The first was introduced by Ukraine and Poland at the Rava-Ruska-Hrebenne border crossing.

According to the State Fiscal Service, 2,400 customs violations involving about EUR 1.2 million have been uncovered on the Ukrainian-Hungarian border since the beginning of 2018. Goods worth almost EUR 1 million have been confiscated. Illegal industrial goods worth almost EUR 600,000 have been withdrawn from circulation. 

More than 80% of the food products that were seized were tobacco products (more than 1 million cigarettes have been seized since the beginning of the year).

The State Fiscal Service has sent 39 requests for assistance in verifying compliance with the law during transportation of goods to the Hungarian customs administration in the period of January-August 2018. According to the State Fiscal Service, 10 cases of violation of customs regulations involving almost EUR 200,000 have been initiated based on 28 responses from the Hungarian customs administration.