MOSCOW, October 24 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Post and the federal Customs Service (FTS) will exchange information on parcels from abroad through a specialised automated system.
Alexander Morozenkov, head of the office of special customs procedures of the FTS Main Department for Customs Clearance and Control, said at a roundtable on Wednesday, October 24, that the two organisations would step up information exchange in order to expedite delivery of parcels from abroad, including from online stores.
This means the development of a joint software product with Russian Post. It will help the customs service track down parcels, Morozenkov said.
“This issue is on the government agenda. Our colleagues should present in November a draft concept for an automated system,” he said.
Marina Goncharova of Russian Post said the flow of incoming mailings from abroad subject to customs control is growing rapidly and has increased by 50 percent on the average from 2009 and will account for 12 percent of all mailings in 2012.
Most of the parcels come to Russia from the United States and Germany – 70 percent of the total. Small packets are sent mainly by China and Hong Kong – 63 percent. “Most popular are clothes, footwear and electronic appliances,” Goncharova said.
Siberia and the Far East account for 22 percent of all parcels from aboard. Russian Post is working to decentralise parcel management services. “Novosibirsk and Vladivostok are the best possible centres for development,” Alexander Timofeyev, head of the Productions Directorate, said.