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Customs and business: a dialogue occurred

February 19, 2009, Annual International Conference New in Customs Legislation: Theory and Practice, organized by the Association of European Businesses in Russia (AEB) together with the Federal Customs Service took place in Saint-Petersburg. As before, the Conference was dedicated to current problems of customs policy and legislation, effective cooperation with business. Representatives of the Russian FCS, North-Western Customs Authority, a number of the largest foreign and Russian companies, acting in the Russian market, particularly in the North-Western Federal District attended the Conference.  

State Secretary–Deputy Head of the Russian FCS Konstantin Chayka, General Director of the Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation Frank Shauff, Deputy Head of the Representative Office of the European Commission in the Russian Federation Paul Vandoren spoke before the session of the Conference. 
Four principal questions were on the agenda, according to which constructive dialogue between customers and businessmen was established: legislation and amendment of  the Customs Codex of the Russian Federation, customs clearance and control, customs in the North-Western Federal District, appeal and court practice for customs dispute.

The participants of the Conference focused especially on the prospective of customs legislation in the Russian Federation and amendment of the Customs Codex of the Russian Federation taking into account the present state and development of the Russian and European economic systems. Questions concerning work of customs bodies aimed at the protection of intellectual property and trade marks, customs control after goods issue, procedure of customs value adjustment were also regarded.

Special attention was attached to the Concept of customs clearance and customs control over goods in the places close to the state border of the Russian Federation. To implement the Concept it is planned to build modern customs-logistic terminals in the neighborhood of Russian border entry points.
As the Concept is grounded on the usage of the latest informational technologies, it is logical, that the participants of the discussion became interested in the modern methods of customs clearance and control: advance informing and electronic declaration.

Urgent questions of customs in the North-Western region were also on the agenda. Reports of the representatives of North-Western Customs Authority on changing work of Russian border entry points and customs control after issue of goods with regard to the changes of post-audit regulatory affairs interested the participants of the meeting.

The Russian customs, especially in the modern conditions must on the one hand support interests of state in the field of external trade, and on the other hand it should create favourable conditions for business-communities’ activity. Therefore the Conference regarding problems of foreign economic activity was aimed first of all at further development of cooperation between business and customs bodies, establishing functional contacts, exchanging experience between organizations from different countries of the world, exercising customs activity.