Customs cooperation

Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation Eldar Alisherov

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17 May 2023 EAEU countries and China interested in exchanging customs information On May 17, the Eurasian Economic Commission hosted a working meeting between employees of the EEC Customs and Trade Units and the customs adviser and other representatives of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation. The parties noted an intense interest in promoting customs cooperation between the EAEU Member States and China primarily to arrange the exchange of information as part of implementing the Agreement on the exchange of information dated June 6, 2019. The meeting participants discussed preparations for the next meeting of the Subcommittee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation established in pursuance of the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation dated May 17, 2018. The Commission's representatives told their Chinese counterparts about the Agreement on using navigation seals for tracking shipments in the EAEU and the draft Agreement on the EAEU common system for customs transit, as well as informed them on the range of tasks addressed by departments within the Customs Unit and Trade Policy Department.    The working meeting attendees paid special attention to the prospects for signing the Protocol between the central customs authorities of the EAEU Member States and the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China on the procedure for implementing the electronic exchange of information. Daniyar Imanaliev, Director of Customs Infrastructure Department, stressed that active interaction between the customs services of the Union States and China together with the exchange of information between them were extremely important for facilitating trade and ensuring security in cross-border movement of goods.   The parties emphasized their interest in promoting their contacts, including by holding a working meeting between Yu Jianhua, Head of the General Administration of Customs of the PRC, and Eldar Alisherov, the Commission's Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation.
12 May 2023 Using seals by authorized economic operators and prospects for new simplifications discussed by Commission Relevant matters related to improving the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) institution were discussed during the meeting of a specialized working group headed by Sergei Vladimirov, Director of the Department of Customs Law and Law Enforcement Practice. During the discussion, in order to establish a uniform practice, the experts touched upon the practical application of the AEO seals, including with a view to minimizing the costs associated with the delivery of goods, as well as the prospects for applying the AEO navigation seals with regard to implementing the Agreement on using navigation seals for monitoring traffic in the Eurasian Economic Union. During the discussion, the parties' initiatives were discussed to interact with potential AEOs, introduce new and optimize existing simplifications for this category of persons in order to attract more FEA participants to the AEO programmes in the Member States. For reference The Authorized Economic Operator concept is an internationally recognized standard of the partner program and the AEO is a specially designated person granted with simplifications during customs operations and customs control as persons meeting specified requirements. The Working Group for Developing the AEO Institution in the EAEU Member States, responsible for generating proposals for the improvement and development of the authorized economic operator institution in the Union, was established by the decision of the Advisory Committee on Customs Regulation on April 24, 2014. The Agreement on using navigation seals for monitoring traffic in the Eurasian Economic Union dated April 19, 2022 came into effect on April 3, 2023.
04 May 2023 EEC experts discussed prospects for customs cooperation with PRC At its meeting held at the headquarters of the Eurasian Economic Commission, the working group considered the issues of customs cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union countries and the People's Republic of China. Representatives of the Customs Unit of the Commission and authorized authorities of the Union countries attended the meeting. “In the current situation of the Eurasian integration development, building productive relations with the PRC is an important area of work to develop the trade and economic potential of the Union States,” Sergei Vladimirov, Director of the EEC Department for Customs Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice stated. “At that, customs cooperation is given an important role in arranging efficient customs regulation and facilitating trade procedures.”  The experts of the working group determined a list of issues to be discussed with the Chinese partners at the upcoming meeting of the Subcommittee on Customs Cooperation. The issues include developing the institution of digital (intelligent) customs, introducing advanced customs technologies, exchanging information on strategic documents and concepts of such customs, electronic customs transit, and exchanging information on goods and vehicles for customs purposes. For reference The Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and its Member States, on the one part, and the People's Republic of China, on the other part, was signed on May 17, 2018 and entered into force on October 25, 2019. Chapter 6 of the Agreement covers such legal institutions of customs regulation as customs value, classification of goods, risk management, temporary admission and processing in the customs territory, release of goods, Single Window, coordinated border management, authorized economic operator, and issues of customs cooperation, information technology application, customs infrastructure, preliminary decisions, information exchange, etc.
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