The Parliament of Georgia is
considering amendments to the customs code to abolish the so-called “golden list”
of large importers who don’t violate the
payment of duties and taxes.
For this, the state granted them certain privileges - the right to pay import duties not in 5 days, like all other companies, but within 30. The norm is abolished, the rules will be the same for everyone - 5 days to pay the fees.
According to the corporate director at Natakhtari company Nikoloz Khundzakishvili, the business community has learned about this decision not from the government, but from the media. It fact, such an important law was adopted without any consultation with the business.
“This decision can be negative for us, the problem is that we should have been given time to prepare as we’ll have to pay customs duties 25 days earlier. There will be the gold list or not is not important for our company. We believe that the business should have been given at least six months for preparation because we will have to pay tens of millions of laris 25 days earlier. We should have known in advance, this is very unreasonable,” he explains.
In the words of the founder of Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia Temur Chkonia, the government should not abolish the “gold list”, but give chance for small and medium-sized businesses to be included in it.
“If the government wants to equalize the opportunities, then it should launch the “golden list” program for small and medium businesses instead of abolishing it. Our company was not included in the list because some violations were found and no one will suspect that I pursue my own interests. I have no personal interest in the “gold list” program, Temur Chkonia notes.
The businessman believes that such a list must necessarily exist to encourage honest businessmen.
According to the authors of the bill, this decision is a directive of the European Union and is adopted for two purposes - to provide fair competition in the market, and harmonize local legislation with the European.