Information and communication technologies will be utilized to the maximum extent and these regions will be under 24-hour control in order to reduce the bureaucracy at the customs and to fight against smuggling with effective control systems.
According to the compilation made from the Presidential Annual Program for the Year 2022, significant progress has been made in the efforts to ensure that payments can be made electronically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Necessary trials were carried out at the Esenboğa Customs Directorate regarding the POS pilot application. A pilot application was also carried out at the İpsala Customs Directorate regarding the payment of road tolls and traffic fines from common POS devices.
In order to ensure that the system can work faster and more effectively, technical studies are carried out by evaluating the results of the pilot application. With the completion of the works, the application will be used in all customs. In addition, improvement and development studies continue regarding the Virtual Queue with Appointment (RSS) System, which was put into use to reduce the waiting times at the border gates of vehicles carrying export cargo within the scope of facilitating customs procedures.
The total number of customs declarations processed in the January-July period of this year increased by 17.7 percent compared to the same period of the previous year and reached 4 million 508 thousand 548. In the same period, the total number of export and import companies increased by 131.9 percent to 244 thousand 50.
“LOCAL SCANNING SYSTEM” WILL ENTER INTO FIGHT AGAINST Smuggling
The number of vehicle and container scanning systems, which have an important place in the fight against smuggling, was increased to 72 this year, and the Domestic and National Scanning System Project was launched to reduce foreign dependency in this area. The system, whose preliminary and critical designs were completed, was made ready for integration and final production at the temporary installation site.
In addition, work continues on the Scanning Network Project, which was initiated in cooperation with TÜBİTAK in order to transfer the images taken from scanning systems to the center and subject them to simultaneous examination, and to develop machine learning algorithms to automatically detect illegal goods.
Within the scope of the Strengthening the Risk Analysis Technical Infrastructure (Data Mining) Project, the efficiency in risk analysis was increased, the capture rates were increased and a more effective fight against smuggling began.
SALES ARE INCREASING THROUGH E-TENDER SYSTEM
Risk analysis-based systematic evaluations and analyzes were carried out using data mining technology within the scope of post-control and secondary control studies. In this way, in the first half of the year, 5 thousand 671 companies were examined and an income of 377.7 million TL was obtained.
The number of members of the e-Tender System, which is used for the sale of liquidated goods, reached 1.3 million and the revenue from sales through this system in 2020 increased by 19 percent compared to the previous year and reached 443 million liras. With the e-Tender application, 7 thousand 388 sales transactions, including 2,490 vehicles and 4 thousand 898 goods groups, were concluded in the 8-month period of this year, and total sales increased by 69 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.
SINGLE CARD APPLICATION IS COMING TO ISTANBUL PORTS
On the other hand, it is aimed to reduce costs in line with international standards and obligations, to facilitate trade and travel, to prevent smuggling by applying effective control methods, and to base transparency and predictability in transactions in the next year.
In this context, efforts will be completed to ensure that documents obtained from different institutions for customs procedures can be obtained electronically from a single point of application. The integration of new documents, which are continuing to integrate into the Single Window System and determined as a result of legislative changes, will be ensured.
The facilitations granted to the companies holding the status of authorized obliged parties in the current regulations will be implemented. Analysis studies and technical studies will be carried out so that companies with this status can make a customs regime declaration through registration. It is aimed to increase the number of companies with authorized liability status, which was 580 this year, to 600 next year.
Turkish Customs Zone entrance gates will be determined, and delays will be prevented by ensuring that the inspections carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization at these gates are carried out in accordance with the working hours of the customs administration. It is planned to introduce a single card application at the entrance to the ports. In this context, first of all, necessary steps will be taken at the ports in Istanbul. It will be ensured that all payments at land border gates and internal customs are made 24 hours by card and electronic system. System integration between the Ministry of Treasury and Finance and the Ministry of Trade will be completed and the system will be extended to all customs administrations.
NATIONAL SCANNING SYSTEM
Advanced technology systems and applications in customs controls, fight against smuggling, goods, vehicle and passenger controls will be expanded within the framework of possibilities. The required technical devices, systems, applications and tools will be procured within the budgetary possibilities.
The installation and performance tests of the National Dredging System at Alsancak Port will be carried out. The Scanning Network Program will be made ready for use in all administrations where scanning systems are available, in the center and in foreign customs administrations.
Efficiency in liquidation procedures will be increased and processes will be accelerated. Efforts will be made to integrate the Bilge System and the Liquidation Management System.
The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and not necessarily those of News2Sea.
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