MFP proposes setting up of Romanian National Customs Authority

The Ministry of Public Finance (MP) drafted a normative act on the setting up of the Romanian National Customs Authority, as a specialized institution of the central public administration in the customs field, with legal personality.

According to a press release of the MFP on Thursday, the purpose of this normative act is to strengthen the customs authority and to ensure the accomplishment of its mission at the European Union level. In the context in which Romania manages the second external border of the EU, and the trans-border crimes phenomenon is increasing, we must reorganise customs activity.

“With this we want to achieve an integrated coordination of the customs structures’ activity and to make it more efficient, in fighting illegal traffic of goods at the Romanian and European Union border, and to do it fast,” specified the MFP.

The Authority will ensure the administration of taxes, duties and other budgetary revenues provided by law, the enforcement of the customs policy and customs laws, and the exercise of the customs authority. It will provide operative and unannounced control on the prevention, detection and combating of any acts and deeds causing customs fraud as well as other legal acts in its competence.

The Authority will also take over the duties, activities, posts and staff of the customs structures within the National Agency for Fiscal Administration and its subordinate units, respectively the General Customs Directorate attached to the ANAF, the regional customs offices and the internal and border customs offices within the regional public finance directorates.

The draft normative act was published on the MPF Website under the heading Transparency of Decision Making.

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