System of electronic declarations is gaining momentum in Kazakhstan

The system of electronic declarations is gaining momentum in Kazakhstan with the introduction of the Astana-1 information system. The automated customs procedures will contribute almost 12 billion tenge to the state treasury this year. The project is designed as part of the Nation’s Plan “100 concrete steps.” Foreign declarants can submit customs declarations, without leaving home or office from any part of the world. Declarations are completed within minutes.

OLGA TEPLUKHINA, CUSTOMS REPRESENTATIVE OF CAR ASSEMBLY PLANT:

- We don’t have to go to a customs office. Clearance of goods takes just a minute.   

KUANYSH SHAZHANBAYEV, MANAGER OF FLOUR MANUFACTURING COMPANY:

- We see improvements. Previously, we submitted all the documents in hard copies. We had to bring our freight here for inspection. Now, all these procedures are done online, remotely.  

The multifunctional and comprehensive information system, Astana-1 was implemented in stages and began operating in early April. There are over sixteen thousand declarations issued to-date. Almost 90% of them were performed automatically. Only questionable goods and documents undergo manual inspection.

BAKHYT SULTANOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF FINANCE:

- We have reduced human involvement in decision-making on releasing goods as much as we could. Introduction of the automated system should significantly lower the declarants’ costs that they previously spent on using broker software, customs broker services and warehouses of temporary storage. 

According to the finance minister, businesses will have the opportunity to boost trade due to lower costs. This will provide additional revenue of over twenty billion tenge to the budget beginning 2025. Integration of Astana-1 with other government information systems will be the next stage in electronic customs declaration.

MAINURA SHETENOVA, DEPUTY HEAD, ASTANA CUSTOMS CLEARANCE CENTER:

- Additional permitting documents are required in importation of some goods. Integration of systems within the single window program will allow us to connect to a system of a certain government body to get a required document of the declarants without requesting all the documents from them.

Customs declarants can access the program if they register at the State Revenue Committee’s website and have an electronic digital signature.

MIKHAIL VESNIN, HEAD OF CUSTOMS DECLARATION DEPARTMENT:

- The procedure for declaration is convenient and easy. It is very simple. I don’t see any difficulties in using this program. 

High-speed communication channels, including satellite, will be required for the stable operation of the information system at customs posts. For this purpose, the government plans to provide check points with access to an uninterrupted communication network.

DAUREN ABAYEV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS:

-This year, the speed of communication channels was accelerated in twelve customs posts. In the second quarter, we are planning to accelerate speed of communication of additional 52 posts. 

All car checkpoints will be also modernized. Vehicles may drive by the checkpoints without stopping, because all the data will be received and processed by the system automatically.