Russian FCS signed a protocol on customs clearance facilitation with Customs Department of the Turkish Republic

September, 18, Moscow, negotiations between Russian FCS and Customs Department of the Turkish Republic delegation resulted in signing “A Protocol between Federal Customs Service and Customs Department of the Turkish Republic on customs clearance facilitation”. From the Russian party the document was signed by Head of Federal Customs Service Andrei Belyaninov, from the Turkish party – by Deputy Prime Minister on Customs Affairs of the Turkish Republic Emin Zararsiz.                                                                      

The main purpose of the document is to improve customs managing, regulation of customs control over Turkish goods transported across the Russian border, create favourable conditions for honest exporters. Besides, it worked for increasing effectiveness of customs offence and smuggle control.

According to the Protocol, the parties will exchange reliable information of goods and vehicles transportation within “simplified customs passage” procedure. Turkish companies submit to Turkish Customs body reliable information of transported goods, stock list and invoice value, certified by Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry or by bodies of the same authority. Then Turkish Customs bodies send this information to their Russian colleagues to secure the fastest crossing of the Russian border for the Turkish goods.

Companies participating in “simplified customs passage” procedure and submitting reliable information of transported goods, including stock list and invoice value, take priority at checkpoints and places of main customs clearance compared with Turkish and Russian companies, not participating in this procedure. They also do not undergo customs control, excluding cases of customs offence and smuggle control, preventing customs offence and smuggle.

Based on confirmed advance information of goods exported from Turkey, customs clearance will take less time and customs control over imported goods will be more effective. The reached agreements with Turkish colleagues fully meet the interests of Turkish manufacturers and honest exporters.

After the negotiations Head of the Russian FCS Andrei Belyaninov said in the interview to the journalists that “our goal is to separate honest exporters from frauds, regulate Turkish goods clearance and create favourable conditions for lawful exporters”. He highlighted that the scheme sanctioned by the protocol will simplify export to Russia of Turkish goods and will be a strong defense for Turkish manufacturers. He also added that “Russian Customs Service will continue controlling law-breakings and crimes in foreign economic field, and not only with Turkey, but also with other countries”.

Acknowledging the significance of economic affairs and trade relationships with Turkey, Russian Customs Service decided without signing the protocol at senior state bodies to exclude from risk profiles the following items: mineral fertilizers, cement, car components, non-ferrous and base metal (excluding aluminum), cardboard and manufacture made of it, toys. Russian Customs Service does not also plan to include in risk profiles such items as tobacco, vinegar, living animals and production made of them, vegetable production, convenience foods and any drinks, pharmaceutical goods, ores, slag and ashes.

The signing of the protocol is a result of 1,5-year work, which was done by the employees of the Russian FCS and their Turkish colleagues with implementation of principal agreements reached during the meeting of Russian and Turkish Presidents in Ankara in 2007. During 2007 the Russian FCS developed a scheme of simplified Turkish goods customs clearance procedures. In 2008 the Russian delegation discussed the project of interdepartmental protocol twice. Early in September during the visit of the FCS delegation to the Turkish Republic Head of the Russian FCS Andrei Belyaninov and Deputy Head of the Russian FCS Igor Zavrazhnov held negotiations with Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Hayati Yazidzhi. The Russian party also took measures preventing Turkish goods smuggle, which caused reaction of transnational criminal groups. In 2008 Russian Customs bodies filed 674 administrative and 41 criminal suits concerning goods and vehicles transported between Russia and Turkey.

Cooperation between the Russian and Turkish Customs Services is on the move. On October, 6 Deputy Head of the Russian FCS Igor Zavrazhnov goes to Istanbul to participate in the meeting of the working group on cooperation and law-enforcement matters.