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Bulgaria Amends Measures Against Excise Fraud


Bulgaria has announced that it has amended its procedures against excise fraud, after analysis showed that an ordinance put in place in 2010 had created legal uncertainty, imposed extra administration and costs on businesses, and generated "voluminous" paperwork that was of no use to the customs authorities.

Deputy Finance Minister Lyudmila Petkova said that the 2010 ordinance consisted of "vague and overlapping provisions," and said there had been no overall control at sites where excise goods are processed. As an example of its ineffectiveness, she cited figures relating to tobacco that showed the volume of cigarette packs on which duty had been paid had declined by about half since 2007.

Petkova explained that following discussions with industry organizations, a new ordinance had been devised that removed ineffective provisions. Further, measuring and control devices would be installed at warehouses or other sites at points where excise goods enter, are produced, are stored, and exit.

The Minister also discussed a new Ordinance on the Fiscal Control of Goods of High Fiscal Risk, concerning goods that do not come under customs control but which are brought into the country either for delivery or in transit. She said that the new ordinance provides clear-cut rules and procedures for effective fiscal control by National Revenue Agency bodies.

She added that since this ordinance had come into force at the start of this year, 2,237 vehicles had been inspected over 20 days, and that 172 measuring and control devices had been installed. Further, control would also be enhanced by checking only vehicles involved with shipping goods deemed to be high fiscal risk. Foreign carriers currently receive information leaflets in six languages at border points, informing them about fiscal control in Bulgaria's territory.

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