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International Day of Customs Officer

January 26, International Day of Customs Officer is a professional holiday of worldwide customs authorities. On the eve of this day the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation would sponsor ceremonial events, dedicated to celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Customs Attache Club in Moscow and to the 15th Anniversary of the Customs Co-operation Department of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation.
  

The holiday itself appeared in calendars in 1983. It is celebrated by more than 800 hundred thousands of people as a total strength of customs officers worldwide. The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation is one of the largest one with the manning level, numbering approximately 70 thousand officers.
Participation of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation in international customs co-operation develops at three levels: at the level of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and in the framework of the World Customs Organization (WCO).
  

 International cooperation with foreign colleagues is of paramount importance for solution of various problems in the field of foreign economic activities and safeguarding economic security of Russia. 
  

Apart from the Word Customs Organization (WTO), the international organizations, effectively cooperating with the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, include Commission of the European Communities (CEC), the Forum “Asia - Pacific Economic Cooperation” (APEC), Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation is heavily engaged in strengthening of cooperation with the member countries of the Community of Independent States (CIS) and the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), as well as in the framework of the Union State. At the present time, the cooperation between member countries of the Community of Independent States (CIS) is effected in every direction of customs procedures. The primary load in respect with coordination of these activities is placed on the Council of customs service heads of the CIS (CCSH CIS), the Council of customs service heads, attached to the Integration Committee of EurAsEC (CCSH EurAsEC), the Customs Committee of the Union State, managed by Andrei Belyaninov, Head of the Customs Service of the Russian Federation.
  

For the latest 15 years, the organizational structure of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation has been operating the unit, responsible for international customs co-operation. The primary assignment of the Administration for Customs Cooperation    is promotion efforts in integration of the Russian Customs Service into the world customs systems for the purpose of study and application of best practices in the field of customs administration, development of customs legislation and implementation of effective processes and methods of customs control and clearance as well as highly skilled personnel training.
  

An important line of the Russian Customs Service’s international activity is integration of the customs systems of Russia and the European Economic Community (EEC). Thus in 2007, a new form of Cargo Customs Declaration and Transit Entry was introduced as unified with the single administrative document (SAD) form, effective in the territory of the European Economic Community. At the present time, preparatory work is under way to organize exchange of preliminary information between customs services of Russia and member countries of the European Community regarding conveyance of goods prior to their arrival at a border cross post. Implementation of this technology will allow for considerable simplification of customs procedures, performed by participants of foreign economic activity, ass well as for effective detection of violations of customs law, such as unreliable declaration, underdeclaration of customs value, weight, etc.
   

The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation has prepared and concluded approximately 50 intergovernmental agreements on cooperation and mutual assistance pursuant to customs affairs with former Soviet republics and non-CIS countries. Among these countries: the Hellenic Republic, Republic of Korea, Republic of Bulgaria, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Lithuania, Mongolian People’s Republic, State of Israel, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of India, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Finland, Republic of Turkey, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Slovak Republic, USA, Czech Republic, Republic of Hungary, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Italy, Kingdom of Netherlands, Kingdom of Spain, Rumania, Republic of Latvia, Columbia, United Mexican States, People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, Republic of Chile.

Within its competence, the Russian Customs Service is vested the function of execution of agreements, concluded by the Russian Federation government.
   

Besides, for the purpose of development of intergovernmental relations, over 80 interdepartmental agreements were signed in respect of various directions of bilateral cooperationв.
   

In order to increase the level of coordination with customs services of foreign states, representative offices of the Russian Customs Service were opened in Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Ukraine, Finland, Belgium, Germany and China.

The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation holds annual sessions of a unique in its own way Customs Attache Club, established in Moscow in December of 2002 at initiative of representatives of Russia, China and Finland and under the auspices of the State Customs Committee of the Russian Federation.

On December 22, 2007 the Club held its 5th anniversary. The Club’s mission is establishing friendly and work contacts between representatives of customs services of foreign states, as well as between embassy officers, responsible for customs-related issues, representatives of international organizations and business circles.
   

As of today, the membership of the Moscow International Club of Customs Attache includes representatives of Russia, European Union, Armenia, Great Britain, Germany, India, Kirghizia, China, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Finland, Czechia, Chile, Sweden, the World-wide Motor Transport Organization, the Latin America Trade Attache Association.

Among honorary members of the Club: Mr. Michelle Dannet, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization; Mr. Renee Nuberg, extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Finland; Mr. Tapani Erling, Head of Customs Service of Finland, etc.
  

According to major-general Alexander Podchistschaev, irreplaceable President of the Club, and deputy head on foreign relations of the Russian Customs Academy, “…today the Club presents an open and dynamic structure, which activity is aimed at strengthening  of trust and mutual understanding between representatives of customs services of different states and international organizations as well as at creation of favorable environment for efficient operation of its participants”.

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On January 26, 1953 in Brussels, there took place the first session of the Council for Customs Coordination, which in 1994 was given its current name – the World Customs Organization (WCO).

The World Customs Organization (WCO) unites 171 world states, which are accounted for 98% of the world trade volume. The Russian Federation has been a member of the World Customs Organization (WCO) since 1992 года, actively working as permanent member of the Political Commission and the Financial Committee of the World Customs Organization (WCO). The WCO Regional Communication Center operates in Moscow, engaged in law-protection activity. The WCO Regional Training Center is open under the auspices of the Russian Customs Academy.