The message reads, in part:
“Over the past years, the Federal Customs Service has strengthened its potential and evolved into a modern, dynamically developing agency that is dedicated to protecting national interests. The competent and well-coordinated work of all FCS units ensures Russia’s economic development, the improvement of the business climate, replenishment of the federal budget, and effective fight against smuggling of strategic resources, cultural valuables and prohibited substances out of the country, as well as the import of counterfeit products.
Today you are facing some major crucial tasks, such as improving the types and formats of customs control, qualitative updating of your information infrastructure, creating favourable conditions for the export of Russian products, and building up business and trade ties between our country and its foreign partners. And of course, it is important to preserve the honour of the regiment and pass on from generation to generation the traditions of honest service to the Fatherland and professional duty.”