29.09.2022 (Обновлено: 11.10.2022 09:27)

EEC improves the system of customs inspection of persons, luggage and cabin luggage

The Eurasian Economic Commission together with experts from the Eurasian Economic Union countries are developing the unified standard requirements to customs inspection (screening) of persons, luggage and cabin luggage. This will allow to harmonize the Union States' approaches to exercising customs control along the entire external boundary of the Union.

"Improvement of customs regulation within the EAEU is one of the key focus areas of our 2025 Strategy," notes Maksat Mamytkanov, EEC Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation. "In particular, it contains the item on improving and unifying the standard requirements to technical equipment of customs infrastructure elements located in the places of moving goods across the customs border of the Union, including the system of customs inspection (screening) of persons, luggage and cabin luggage."

Such movement is understood as actions to import goods into or export goods from the EAEU customs territory by any mode of transport in accordance with the Union and national legislation. The task of customs authorities is to prevent import and export of goods posing danger to citizens of the Union and of goods subject to prohibitions and restrictions.

For now, the Union checkpoints lack requirements to the system of customs inspection (screening) of persons, luggage and cabin luggage that would be uniform for all Member States. This is where each country acts in accordance with its legislation, which results in periodic problematic situations for participants of foreign economic activities due to the differences in country requirements to control systems arising at the airports, sea and river ports, railway stations and vehicle terminals – wherever there are customs checkpoints. The Commission and experts from the EAEU countries would like to remedy that.

A relevant draft Decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission has already been prepared. It is expected that standard requirements to the arrangement and technical equipment of customs infrastructure items located in places where goods are moved across the Union customs border using the above-mentioned system will have been adopted by the end of the year. That will not only lower the risk of illegal movement of goods in violation of customs requirements but also allow to reduce the time of customs operations at the border.