Written and electronic appeals of citizens and legal entities
Work with citizens ' appeals in the customs authorities is carried out in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Belarus "On appeals of citizens and legal entities" of July 18, 2011.
For the 12 months of 2020, the customs authorities received 1533 written and electronic requests from citizens and legal entities, which is 846 less than in the same period of 2019, 1119 requestsof which were sent to the State customs Committee and 414 to customs.
The State customs Committee received the largest number of requests from residents of Minsk – 333, from outside the Republic – 280, Minsk region-106, Brest region-90. For 12 months of 2020, 15 repeated requests were received (for the same period of 2019 – 36).
The most frequent issues raised in the appeals were getting advice on the necessary actions, if it is impossible to export temporarily imported vehicles due to coronavirus infection, on customs declaration, release and customs control of goods, delivered in international mail, and on the procedure for paying customs duties.
All requests, received by the customs authorities, were reviewed within the time limits established by law: 408 (26.61%) were satisfied, 744 (48.53%) were clarified, 74 (4.83%) were refused, 307 (20.03%) are under consideration or forwarded to other state bodies.
The management of the SCC conducts personal reception of citizens and representatives of legal entities on the established days and hours. In connection with the situation related to coronavirus infection, the reception of citizens can be carried out remotely by telephone or video.
For 12 months of 2020, the Committee's management accepted 38 people, and the customs administration – 554.
The largest number of people, who applied to the SCC, are residents of Minsk (14 people).
Questions, received during the reception, related to the resumption of activities of authorized economic operators, placement of duty-free shops, construction of temporary storage warehouses, activities of residents of free economic zones, adjustment of customs value, classification of goods according to the customs code of foreign trade, disagreement with the decision of the State сustoms Committee on post-customs control, employment in customs.
All customs offices hold consultations and inform the public about customs issues.
The information stands contain schedules for personal reception of citizens by the customs authorities, the procedure for appealing decisions, actions or omissions of customs officials, regulatory legal acts and other necessary information for citizens and participants in foreign economic activity.
Various forms are used to inform the public:
TV and radio programs;
regular press conferences;
publication of materials in national and regional publications;
placement of information messages on the Internet.
In the system of customs authorities, there is a practice of conducting "hotlines" and "direct telephone lines" to answer questions that arise from citizens and business entities regarding the procedure and rules of customs regulation.