TODAY IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018, 2:36:23 PM
FCS of Russia Develop Cooperation with Customs Service of South Africa

In order to fulfil the agreements of the presidents of Russia and South Africa that were reached during their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2013, the FCS of Russia is carrying out its work to increase cooperation between Russia and South Africa in the domain of customs cooperation both within the BRICS framework and on a bilateral basis.

On May 21, 2013, the negotiations between Mr. Vladimir Malinin, First Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia, and Mr. George Magashula, Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service, took place.

During the meeting, the Parties mentioned the steady growth of the trade turnover between the countries (the increase by 66% in 2012 compared to 2011); they also discussed the issues concerning the legal framework development of the customs cooperation.

Since December 2012, the Parties have been working on homologation of the Intergovernmental Agreement on cooperation and mutual administrative assistance in customs affairs. During the negotiations, the parties also discussed the prospects of an early conclusion of the aforementioned agreement.

In order to provide the Customs Services of Russia and South Africa with reliable statistics and to prevent customs law offenses, the FCS of Russia gave to the South Africa representatives a draft of the Memorandum on statistical data exchange by mutual trade.

The Parties also agreed to collaborate as far as the law enforcement and cynology services are concerned.