ANNOUNCEMENT 12 Nov 2008In November 2008, the government of Armenia announced a change in import formalities.
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RA GOVERNMENT'S ANTI-CRISIS ACTION, PROGRESS AND STATUS -http://www.gov.am/u_files/file/home_files/antikrizis-rus.pdf
As a part of the Anti-crisis programme 2008-2010 the Government of Armenia undertook the Customs Reform. Thus, with a view to minimizing 'the contact area' between importers and customs officers and reduce corruption risks, customs broker's offices and self-declaration desks are now available at customs houses and warehouses as connected to TWM online customs clearance processing software.
Customs formalities have been simplified by adding such provisions as envisage amending those irregularities detected during post-clearance checkups instead of canceling them. This clause will save importers a lot of time and energy. Risk selection criteria have been revised in the TWM customs clearance software in order to enhance control efficiency by giving it a more targeted and resource-saving bias.
The number of documents needed for import-export-related border-crossing purposes has been reduced to only 3. This will help save a lot of time during the clearance of imported and exported goods
The list of those products subject to mandatory certification at the time of border-crossing was shortened from 65 to only 16 which is supposed to save time.
It is no longer needed to fill in a duty receipt form as duties are currently paid through the banking system, which is supposed to considerably reduce corruption risks among customs officers.