: 'Customs service is considered one of Ukraine's most corrupt institutions'
Opinion20:22 Mar. 30, 2016

'Customs service is considered one of Ukraine's most corrupt institutions'

Former Euromaidan activist becomes chief of Odesa regional customs

Yuliya Marushevska – the youngest chief of regional customs office in Ukraine - discusses customs challenges and reforms with Ukraine Today. 

"In people's perception [customs service] is one of the most corrupt institution that we have in Ukraine and when I came here one of my goals was to eliminate corruption.

[Before we came] the customs was about control and distrust for business. Our goal was to change this focus. To [create] trust and simplify the procedures, to create normal business climate for everyone, who's coming to work in Ukraine.

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The system was very unpredictable here and the business coming here didn't know what to expect. One of the first things we've done here, when we came, was creating a low-risk country list, a low-risk company list.

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We have a practice here, when some of the companies, which used to work in a corrupt environment, changed the customs office – they started clearing customs in Kyiv or someplace else, they left Odesa. And the customs officers, which used to work with them, left to these customs offices as well. So it's a completely client-oriented service here (smiles)."


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