Ukraine annually loses billions of euros of corruption at customs

Украина ежегодно теряет миллиарды евро от коррупции на таможне

Because of corruption at the customs Ukraine annually loses more than €4 billion.

This is stated in the investigation by German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, reports DW.

“This is more than one tenth of the whole revenue side of the budget, and 2 times more the amount that Ukraine to 2018, wants to obtain from the International monetary Fund, EU and world Bank,” the authors note.

Süddeutsche Zeitung based on documents, customs and bills of lading, describes the machinations used to evade taxes. Imported goods during customs registration of the change of the marking, for example, umbrellas turn into brushes or mirrors — and only on one consignment, the state loses thousands of euros.

Frauds on the customs, according to the German newspaper, involving police, prosecutors and the SBU. For illegal transactions the formation of new firms, which control the people around, customs officials, prosecutors and police officers.

According to the results of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey, in 2018, with cases of corruption and bribery faced 73% of Ukrainian companies in comparison with 56% of respondents in 2016. Globally this figure is on average 25%.

A third of companies surveyed in Ukraine said that in the past two years has received offers to give a bribe. Overall, almost half of the respondents believe that were dealing with economic crimes by 5% more than two years ago. According to PwC, the most common of such crimes in Ukraine remain, along with corruption and bribery, asset misappropriation (62% in 2016 and 46% in 2018) and fraud in procurement (25% and 33%).

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