Budgets of the EAEC Member States were replenished with $11.6 bln in 2017
The supreme audit institutions of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan held a joint meeting of the Board on the results of audit of compliance with the Protocol for receiving and distributing the import customs duties, their transfers to the budgets of such States by authorized bodies of the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Community in 2017.
Alexey Kudrin, the Head of the Russian Accounts Chamber said, when opening the joint meeting of the Board: “For the first time, our five-sided joint meeting was held in a live format. It is a great honor for us to hold this event in the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.” He noted that, for the years of its existence, the Eurasian Economic Community had achieved impressive results, having become a significant player in the international economic arena. Alexey Kudrin stressed: “Through the development of international cooperation, the Community has become a recognized regional integration association, provided an opportunity to expand the freedom of movement of goods, services, funds, and labor force, implementation of well-coordinated, harmonized, and uniform policies. Our most important achievements include the adoption of the new Customs Code, the stable positive dynamics of mutual and external trade, the GDP volume and growth.”
According to the results of the joint audit, it was established that, in 2017, the relevant agencies of the EAEC Member States had generally ensured the compliance with the Procedure for receiving and distributing the import customs duties, which were distributed in accordance with established standards:
– for the Republic of Armenia: 1.220 percent;
– for the Republic of Belarus: 4.560 percent;
– for the Republic of Kazakhstan: 7.055 percent;
– for the Kyrgyz Republic: 1.900 percent;
– for the Russian Federation: 85.265 percent.
The total amount of import customs duties received by the budgets of the parties in 2017 amounted to $11.6 bln. As compared to 2016, there was a general increase in revenues by $1.8 bln or by 18.5%.
At the same time, the audit revealed some violations and problems, including those related to the distribution of import duties, the payment obligation of which arose after September 1st, 2010.
Thus, it is still impossible to resolve the controversial situation caused by the Republic of Kazakhstan’s failure to distribute the import customs duties on the goods imported by subsoil users in 2014–2017.
In additions, due to the lack of a unified position of the parties, there is the unresolved issue of applying the procedure for receiving and distributing import customs duties by the Republic of Armenia and by the Kyrgyz Republic, the payment obligation of which arose prior to the date of their accession to the EAEC and the start of applying the Protocol.
There is no established procedure for the full information exchange between the central customs authorities using a common process of the integrated information system for external and mutual trade. To date, the system is not functioning; there is no exchange of information between the central customs authorities.
Following the meeting, the members of the joint Board decided to submit the audit report to the governments of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. The audit report will be also submitted to the chambers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Zhogorku Kenesh (the Supreme Council) of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Eurasian Economic Commis