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Russian FCS held a meeting on international cooperation

On September, 4-5, 2008, Federal Customs Service held all-Russia meeting on international cooperation. Head of Russian FCS Andrei Belyaninov, Deputy Heads of Russian Customs Service, Chiefs of departments of the Russian Customs Central Office, regional Customs directorates and representatives of Russian FCS abroad participated in it. It is the second meeting of the same level.

A. Belyaninov in his speech appreciated actions of Russian FCS in the field of international cooperation. With that, according to Head of Russian FCS, this kind of activity should be more practical, highly effective, aimed at concrete results. The Head charged Russian FCS to secure more results from its international agreements, as well as more active participation of regional Customs directorates in solving international problems and in negotiations with foreign colleagues.

Head of Customs Cooperation Directorate (CCD) Sergei Konovalenko said that for the recent times work of foreign representative offices has improved; legal basis regulating international Customs cooperation has been advanced; interaction between Central Office of Russian FCS and regional Customs directorates has been strengthened.

S. Konovalenko said: “Now we are coming near to a new stage – effective usage of the created mechanism and tools for solving tasks, which are now in the field of international activities. It is necessary to become more dynamic, initiative, and proactive”.

Today Russian FCS has strong legal basis for interaction with Customs Services abroad. Intergovernmental agreements concerning cooperation and mutual aid have been signed with 50 states.

In the international Customs cooperation Russian FCS features the CIS countries. Interaction with these countries is based on the Agreement of Cooperation and Mutual Aid in Customs Affairs dated April, 15, 1994.

Besides, there are bilateral governmental agreements of cooperation and mutual aid with Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

About 80 interdepartmental agreements, including those concerning advance goods transportation information exchange with Customs Services of India, China, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, are signed on the ground of intergovernmental agreements. 

Representative offices of Russian FCS abroad play a significant role in establishing international contacts. Today there are 8 representative offices: in China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Belgium, Kirghizia, Finland and Germany.

The meeting was a positive discussion of international cooperation. A range of interesting and perspective proposals was given there.