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Customs Union member states sign agreements on concerted action in customs matters

Society 17.03.2017 | 17:01

GRODNO, 17 March (BelTA) – The heads of the customs services of the Customs Union member states signed a number of agreements on the coordination of joint action and information cooperation during the 22nd meeting of the joint board of the customs services of the Customs Union member states in the Belarusian city of Grodno, BelTA has learned.

“The meeting discussed the matters related to swift transfer of information. Issues pile up rapidly. We have common legislation, and still every meeting of the joint board considers no fewer than 30 items. This is necessary to ensure uniform application of the legislation in all the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union,” said Yuri Senko, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Belarus. The meeting in Grodno resolved a number of organizational and legal issues, which will help the countries of the Customs Union to ease customs formalities, speed up the movement of goods, and create more favorable conditions for international trade.

Vladimir Bulavin, Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia, noted that the issue of customs value was high on the agenda of the meeting. It often happens that customs houses of different countries or sometimes even in one country assign different customs value to one and the same commodity. “We will soon have a new Customs Code, and we will have to work hard to adjust its application to the national legislation,” Vladimir Bulavin noted.

“The law unification process is time-consuming. We are moving gradually in this direction. This is a planned transition, and we cannot achieve it with a one-time leap forward. First of all, the agenda includes issues that are of concern to business and regulatory bodies, as we should create convenient conditions for their work,” Yuri Senko added.

The heads of the customs services signed a number of documents on simplification of the customs procedures, coordination of joint action, information cooperation, and also unification of the legislation and customs regulations. Specifically, they adopted decisions to streamline customs handling of express cargo, classification of certain types of goods according to the Foreign Economic Activity Commodity Nomenclature of the Customs Union, and a number of other matters influencing the work of the customs services of the Eurasian Economic Union member states.

The meeting gathered the heads of the customs services of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan. The member of the board (minister) for customs cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union and the deputy head of the Customs Service under the Government of Tajikistan also attended the meeting in the capacity of observers.

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