Lithuania has a possibility to become an exporter of professional customs services 2020 03 02

Lithuania traditionally has been a transit country and in the last 10-15 years development of warehouses and customs services elevated cargo consolidation businesses. Here cargo from whole Europe is loaded and sent to the Eastern countries, like Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China and others.

But recent years and EU international policy has significantly reduced cargo volume to Russia and because of that there are many customs specialists, who lost their jobs. On the other hand, in Western Europe there is a lack of qualified customs specialists.

Main problems regarding documents preparation in logistics:

  • There is a huge volume of printed documents, that are not digitalized due to different systems and platforms;
  • Customs documents are prepared by manually retyping the data. There is no exchange of data and digital integration, so human errors are quite frequent;
  • There is no unified system, although it would be relatively easy to implement, especially looking to the future perspective;
  • Digitalization with blockchain technology would solve the private data security problems.
  • Now in Lithuania alone heavy duty vehicles drive extra 35-40 kilometers only for customs clearance every time when loaded. This makes about 45 mln. km. annually, that result in traffic jams, road wear and air pollution.
  • Due to the preparation of customs documents, vehicles annually have downtime of 6 mln. hours, that result in 85 mln. eur. loss with no value created.

This system would also boost the use of E-CMR not only in the EU, but also among strategic partners.

Lithuanian customs specialists would be able to use this program as a platform to export their intellectual services and AI would ensure correct and safe data processing.