17 Apr 2024 Eldar Alisherov chaired a meeting of working group on interaction with World Customs Organization On April 17, a meeting of the high-level working group on interaction with the World Customs Organization (WCO) was held under the chairmanship of Eldar Alisherov, Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The meeting discussed the enactment of paragraph 11.7.5 of the action plan to implement the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025. It was about the prospects for further cooperation with the WCO in terms of implementing joint actions with the Eurasian Economic Union states for the Union to obtain the status of a WCO member, as well as exploring the possibility of the EAEU acceding to the fundamental documents of the WCO. “The EEC Customs Cooperation Unit is actively interacting with the WCO and will continue cooperation in such areas as improving customs legislation based on international standards, developing effective and modern customs administration standards, and introducing best practices in customs administration,” noted Eldar Alisherov. According to the Minister, such work is relevant as part of modernizing the Union law in the field of customs regulation, taking into account the provisions of the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025, as well as the Main directions of the Eurasian Economic Union’s international activities in terms of organizing customs cooperation. Paragraph 11.7.5. of the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025, approved by Decision No. 12 of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council dated December 11, 2020, contemplates such measures as the Union's obtaining the WCO Member status and exploring the Union’s possibility to join the WCO fundamental documents.
02 Apr 2024 Improvement of customs regulation in the EAEU considered at the CIS International Economic Forum The prospects for developing customs regulation in the Eurasian Economic Union were presented by Sergei Vladimirov, Director of the EEC Department for Customs Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice, at the session Improving the Mechanisms of Foreign Trade and Customs Administration in the CIS and EAEU Countries within the framework of the International Economic Forum of the CIS Participating States. Sergei Vladimirov informed the panelists about the Commission's work on the implementation of the Strategy 2025 in terms of e-commerce and development of a unified customs transit system, including the use of navigation seals. He detailed the work concerning the amendments to the Customs Code of the EAEU aimed at simplifying the movement of certain categories of goods across the customs border (containers, fish products, contrailer transportation, etc.), and also shared plans for developing the institution of authorized economic operators. The Head of the EEC Customs Department emphasized the prospects for further improvement of customs regulation within the framework of implementing the 2030 Declaration.  Within the framework of the round table dedicated to the issues of establishing seamless transportation along the trans-Eurasian corridors and reducing the administrative burden on foreign trade participants, Sergei Vladimirov spoke about the creation and development of a unified system of customs transit (USCT) in the Union, the development of a mechanism for tracking transported goods using navigation seals, the implementation of the Agreement on Specifics of Ensuring Security in Transit, as well as the next step towards facilitating transportation of goods across the territory of the Union and third countries, namely Agreements on USCT with third parties. Sergei Vladimirov told about a set of important amendments to the Customs Code of the EAEU aimed at simplifying the movement of certain categories of goods across the customs border of the Union and at improving a number of provisions regarding transportation. Sergei Vladimirov noted that the implementation of those amendments would help increase the volume of transit freight traffic, improve supply security and reduce barriers to trade.
29 Mar 2024 Eldar Alisherov held meeting with business representatives in Kyrgyzstan and informed on main innovations in EAEU Customs Code During his visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, Eldar Alisherov, EEC Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation, held a number of working meetings at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic. During the meeting with representatives of the business community of Kyrgyzstan, a discussion was held on relevant matters in the field of customs regulation: the regulatory framework and practical aspects of using navigation seals for monitoring traffic in the EAEU. During the event, Eldar Alisherov outlined the main innovations introduced into the EAEU Customs Code within foreign e-commerce, and special attention was paid to introducing a new concept of e-commerce operator, which is a link between the buyer and customs and ensures customs operations with goods purchased on electronic trading platforms. The EEC Minister emphasized the importance of joint work and confirmed the readiness to continue constructive dialogue at the Commission's Customs Unit. "The EEC always sees its priority as ensuring the interests of the business community and adopts prompt decisions on the applications received by the Commission. Along with that, it is extremely important to ensure efficient control by the public authorities and compliance with the current legislation in the customs sphere," Eldar Alisherov noted. The issue of demonstrating pilot projects on the implementation of national single window mechanisms in Kyrgyzstan in accordance with the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025 was considered as well. The meeting attendees discussed the principles of such demonstration. In turn, the officials of the "Single Window Center in the Field of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic" presented a report and information systems and services implemented by Kyrgyzstan as part of developing the national "single window" mechanism.  
27 Mar 2024 Kyrgyzstan completes modernization of border crossing points as part of EAEU accession On March 26, during his working visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, the EEC Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation Eldar Alisherov and a group of experts from the Eurasian Economic Commission and authorized bodies of the EAEU countries visited the modernized road border crossing point (BCP) "Kyzyl-bel" on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, where he got acquainted with its customs infrastructure. As part of the joint monitoring of the implementation of measures to modernize the checkpoints on the external border of the Kyrgyz Republic, the experts confirmed the completion of the arrangement and material and technical equipment of the Kyzyl-Bel Checkpoint in accordance with the requirements of the EAEU. Equipping the checkpoint with modern equipment and a set of customs control technologies will contribute to the development of transit potential while ensuring an appropriate level of customs control. The EEC Minister also took part in a working meeting with representatives of the State Customs Service under the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, during which the results of the implementation of commitments to modernize border crossing points undertaken in the framework of the accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the EAEU were summarized. "The Kyrgyz Republic has fully completed the measures on installation of facilities and fitting-out the border crossing points as provided for by the Protocol on Conditions and Transitional Provisions related to the accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union," Eldar Alisherov noted. Following the results of monitoring the modernization of the customs infrastructure of Kyrgyzstan's checkpoints, the Commission will issue a report which should be sent to the EAEU Member States and submitted for consideration at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on the interaction of controlling bodies at the customs border of the Union.
EEC website to host a survey for developing priority tools to implement Single Window mechanism 27 Mar 2024 EEC website to host a survey for developing priority tools to implement Single Window mechanism The working group on the development of priority tools for the implementation of the Single Window mechanism in the system of regulation of foreign economic activity agreed on the forms of questionnaires for a survey of interested government agencies, legal entities and business communities in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union to assess the priority of tools for implementing the Single Window mechanism. Organizational issues on conducting the survey on the official website of the Eurasian Economic Commission were discussed. We plan to begin the survey in late April and complete it by late May 2024. The elaboration of priority tools will allow our countries to jointly improve the national mechanisms of "single window" in the system of foreign economic activity taking into account new digital opportunities, which will simplify the conduct of foreign economic activity for business and improve the quality and reduce the time of providing public services and public functions for government agencies. For reference This work is conducted as part of implementing paragraph 9.4 of the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025, approved by Decision No. 12 of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council dated December 11, 2020 "The Commission and Member States will work to develop priority tools for implementing the single window mechanism in the system of foreign economic activity regulation". Priority of tools for implementation of the Single Window mechanism is determined on the basis of the survey method. Guidelines for conducting the survey are enshrined in Recommendation No. 42 of the Commission's Board dated December 27, 2023 "On development of priority tools for implementing the Single Window mechanism in the system of foreign economic activity regulation".
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