23 May 2024 Authorized economic operators may receive new simplifications Draft decisions of the Commission aimed at expanding the benefits of the authorized economic operator (AEO) concept in the Eurasian Economic Union, were discussed on May 23 at the meeting of the relevant Working Group under the Advisory Committee on developing the AEO concept headed by Sergei Vladimirov, Director of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Department for Customs Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice. “AEOs are a low-risk category”, Sergei Vladimirov noted. “The requirements we place on AEOs should be fully offset for them by the ability to apply the full range of simplifications”. One of them is the decision related to the provision of an opportunity for AEOs to store goods placed under the customs procedure of a customs warehouse at their facilities, which will significantly improve the logistics of the movement and use of goods in different economic sectors of the Union States. Another decision will allow AEOs to apply the simplifications granted to operators in relation to excisable goods subject to marking, i.e. to eliminate the exemptions that have existed for many years. The Authorized Economic Operator concept is an internationally recognized standard of the partnership program. The AEOs are specially designated persons granted with simplifications during customs operations and customs control as persons meeting specified requirements. The Working Group for developing the AEO concept in the EAEU Member States was established in 2014. It elaborates proposals to improve and develop the Authorized Economic Operator concept in the Union.
16 May 2024 Issues of filling in new declaration for e-commerce goods discussed at Commission’s specialized platform A meeting of the Working Group on improving the procedure for customs operations in respect of express cargo and international mail was held under the chairmanship of Sergei Vladimirov, Director of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Department of Customs Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice. The event was attended by representatives of public authorities and the business community, including postal operators and express carriers. “The Protocol on amendments to the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union is being ratified now and may come into effect at any time. The EAEU countries should be ready for this,” Sergei Vladimirov noted. “Along with that, simultaneously with enacting the amendments to the Code, a number of Commission’s decisions, including the decision relating to the form and procedure for filling out the declaration for e-commerce goods, should start to be applied.” The event continued to discuss the mentioned draft decision of the EEC Board. In general, some arrangements were reached at the expert level on the form of the new customs declaration and the procedure for filling it out. The proposals of postal operators received during the public discussion of the draft within the regulatory impact assessment (RIA) procedure were discussed to develop optimal solutions and adapt the business to the new conditions. A Protocol on amendments to the Union’s Customs Code with regard to foreign e-commerce regulation was signed at the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on December 25, 2023.  
13 May 2024 EAEU authorized economic operators to become more recognizable when conducting foreign economic activities The Eurasian Economic Commission’s Board has adopted amendments to the Procedure for filling in the application for goods release before submitting the declaration for goods and the structure of this document. The amendments make it possible to identify authorized economic operators (AEOs) of foreign partners within the mutual recognition of AEOs. The application for release before submitting the declaration for goods is a simplified customs document that reflects the minimum information for customs control. This document is actively used by AEOs. No information on foreign AEOs has been provided for in this application until recently, which prevented the full use of their status in the release of goods before submitting the declaration for goods in the event of a mutual recognition agreement. “The adopted amendments will contribute to the practical implementation of agreements on mutual recognition of operators and further development of the AEO concept in line with the main international trends,” Eldar Alisherov, EEC Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation, noted.      The Authorized Economic Operator concept is an internationally recognized standard of the partnership program. The AEOs are specially designated persons granted with simplifications during customs operations and customs control as persons meeting specified requirements. Paragraph 8 of Article 430 of the EAEU Customs Code establishes that, in accordance with the Union’s international treaties with third parties, particular special simplifications provided for in Article 437 of the Code, may be granted on a reciprocal basis to authorized economic operators of the States not being the Union’s members. Paragraph 9 of Article 430 of the EAEU Customs Code establishes that, in accordance with the Member States’ international treaties with third parties, particular special simplifications provided for in Article 437 of the Code, may be granted on a reciprocal basis to authorized economic operators of the States not being the Union’s members. Decision No. 58 of the Commission’s Board dated April 12, 2022 made similar amendments to the Procedure for filling in the declaration for goods, approved by Decision No. 257 of the Customs Union’s Commission dated May 20, 2010 “On the form of the declaration for goods and the procedure for its completion”.
03 May 2024 Customs legislation is being improved in the EAEU Nurlan Baynazarov, Deputy Director of the Department of Customs Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice of the Eurasian Economic Commission, spoke about innovations in the customs legislation of the Eurasian Economic Union and further improvement of regulation in this area at the International Container Forum ESE Asia 2024 in Almaty. During the practical session Transport Logistics and Customs Declaration. Actual Tasks and Practical Solutions, the EEC representative informed the participants how the Commission, together with the countries of the Union, prepared a draft protocol on amending the EAEU Customs Code, as well as about developing a unified transit system, including using navigation seals for tracking shipments. According to Nurlan Baynazarov, within the framework of Strategy 2025, the Commission, together with the Member States, developed a draft Agreement on a unified transit system. The document will define the basic operation principles of the unified customs transit system of the Union and a third party (third parties); it establishes the possibility of using the EAEU transit system by third countries. The draft Agreement is currently undergoing internal legal procedures in the Union countries. The International Container Forum ESE Asia is a reputable communication platform. Since 2010, it annually hosts various events related to the development of international transport, container logistics, transport integration, and strengthening international cooperation between companies. This year the forum was attended by more than 300 delegates from different countries, including a number of EAEU countries, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and others.
27 Apr 2024 WCO Standing Technical Committee discussed relevant matters of customs administration The Eurasian Economic Commission's delegation headed by Sergei Vladimirov, Director of the EEC Department of Customs Legislation and Law Enforcement Practice, participated in the sessions of the Standing Technical Committee (STC) at the World Customs Organization (WCO) headquarters in Brussels. The discussion touched upon key strategic documents being elaborated by the WCO working bodies on e-commerce, transit, sustainability, smart, digital and green customs, etc. The central issue of the meeting was implementing the Framework of Standards for Cross-Border E-Commerce and its improvement in the new revision cycle of the E-Commerce package. The Commission's representatives informed the delegates about the new customs regulation of transboundary e-commerce in the Eurasian Economic Union, including in terms of the EAEU experiment in the field of foreign e-commerce and amendments to the Code. The Commission's experience will be reflected in the WCO Compendium of Operational Practices. Besides, the Commission's representatives paid attention to the importance of determining the composition of data and a common understanding of the standards for their unified implementation. During the WCO Standing Technical Committee, a number of informal meetings were held with representatives of customs services and participants in the event. They exchanged views on the agenda of the Standing Technical Committee meeting, including the issue of partnership programs within the customs administration of e-commerce goods. The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an intergovernmental organization of more than 180 member countries that account for at least 98% of international trade. The Standing Technical Committee (STC) was established on December 15, 1950, in accordance with Article V of the Convention on the Establishment of the Customs Cooperation Council. It acts under the overall direction of the WCO Council and Policy Commission with administrative support provided by the WCO Secretariat. The STC provides strategic orientation of the work carried out by the WCO with regard to promoting, developing and administering tools in line with the organization's strategic plan. 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.
EEC conducts survey of EAEU countries' businesses and public authorities on tools for implementing 22 Apr 2024 EEC conducts survey of EAEU countries' businesses and public authorities on tools for implementing "single window" mechanism On April 25, a survey will be launched to identify priority tools for implementing the "single window" mechanism. It will be taken by public authorities regulating foreign economic activities, as well as business representatives – participants of foreign economic activities and organizations providing these activities, such as logistics, transport, and financial companies, operators, chambers of commerce and industry, business associations, customs representatives, owners of customs warehouses, etc. It is proposed to consider 16 tools for implementing the "single window" mechanism, which are divided into organizational, legal, technological and technical tools. Respondents can submit their comments on each tool under consideration and present the expected functionality of the tool, or enrich its description, or reflect their vision for implementing this or that tool. The survey will make it possible to identify the tools that are actually considered by public authorities and business representatives as in demand, promising and contributing to the simplification and acceleration of necessary administrative formalities and procedures in carrying out foreign economic activities through the use of the "single window" mechanism. Detailed instructions and Guidelines for conducting the survey are available on the Commission's website. We invite interested parties to take part in the survey
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.
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