The Eurasian Economic Commission's delegation took part in the meeting of the Contact Committee of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) at the UPU headquarters in Bern (Switzerland).
The main issues addressed during the session related to improving the exchange of electronic data when moving international mail due to the explosive growth of cross-border e-commerce and, consequently, moved parcels.
As part of the event, some documents being elaborated by the WCO were discussed in the context of improving customs administration and movement facilitation. These include the Framework of standards for cross-border e-commerce and the Framework of standards for securing and facilitating global trade, including the need for electronic data when moving international mail and extending the concept of authorized economic operators to postal operators.
During the work of the Contact Committee, the EEC representatives discussed certain issues of customs administration of international mail in the context of the pilot project on foreign e-commerce being conducted in the Union States, as well as proposed amendments to the EAEU Customs Code with regard to foreign e-commerce with national postal operators.
The World Customs Organization is an intergovernmental organization of more than 180 member countries that account for at least 98% of international trade.
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations in the postal sector. The UPU plays a leading role in promoting the continued enhancement of postal services and serves as the main mechanism for cooperation between postal services.
The Memorandum of Understanding between Commission and the WCO was signed in 2016. It contemplates strengthening cooperation, interaction between organizations and the Commission’s participation in the WCO working bodies and other events.