bulavinvi_eng Vladimir Ivanovich Bulavin
 Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation
January 26 – International Customs Day

Through international customs cooperation, the Federal Customs Service solves the whole set of tasks in the field of international activity, facilitating the foreign trade development and the creation of the favorable investment climate in the Russian Federation.

The main efforts to organize the customs cooperation in 2013 were targeted at the participation of the FCS of  Russia in integration processes taking place within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Community, including the Customs Union, of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), of the Union State, and of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), at the development of bilateral relations with the customs authorities of CIS member-states and non-CIS countries, as well as at the extension of contacts with the customs authorities of foreign states and international organizations.

In 2013, the FCS of  Russia concluded 24 international agreements in the customs field with 15 countries.

The most intensive work was carried out with the Customs Union and the Common Free Market Zone partners – with the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the Customs Control Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The extension of integration within the framework of the Customs Union and the Common Free Market Zone is the priority task of the customs authorities.

In 2013, 38 meetings of the Eurasian Economic Commission Panel, 10 meetings of the Eurasian Economic Commission Council, and 2 top-level meetings of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council were held through the direct involvement of the FCS of  Russia.

The Joint Collegium of the customs authorities from the Customs Union member-states was established and is working for the purpose to coordinate the customs authorities’ interaction. 3 meetings of this Collegium were held in 2013.

Within the bilateral cooperation framework in the CIS region, contacts between the customs authorities of Russia, Kirghizia, Ukraine, Armenia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia are developing most actively and dynamically. Major part of this interaction is targeted at providing assistance to customs authorities of Kirghizia and Armenia with regard to their joining the Customs Union and streamlining of custom procedures.

In the course of the meeting of Presidents of the two countries in Trieste (Italy) held on November 26, 2013, the Protocol on the organization of the exchange of information on goods transported between Russia and Italy and the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of customs cooperation between the FCS of Russia and the Financial Guard of the Italian Republic, were signed. The implementation of the Protocol will help to reduce the customs clearance time and improve the customs control efficiency that will contribute to the increase in the trade turnover between Russia and Italy.

In November 2013, in the course of the Top-level meeting, the FCS of  Russia and the Ministry of Customs and Trade of Turkey signed the Memorandum of Understanding providing for further development of cooperation in the implementation of the “Streamlined custom's green-light passage” procedure.

In May 2013, the World Cynological Forum was held in Moscow under the chairmanship of Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, the Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization, attended by 28 delegations of the customs authorities from member- states of the World Customs Organization.  A solemn ceremony to open the Regional Dog Training Center of the World Customs Organization in Moscow Region was held, established on the base of the Central Customs (the Russian Federal Customs Service Dog Training Center).

On 23 – 24 October, 2013, the XIV International Exhibition “Customs Service – 2013” was held in Moscow under the slogan “Towards Sochi-2014”. The Exhibition was attended by 18 delegations of foreign customs authorities, 10 of which were representatives of non-CIS countries. In the course of the Exhibition, talks were held with Heads of the customs authorities of Gabon, Latvia, Uruguay, Finland, Sweden and Estonia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.

Expansion of cooperation with BRICS countries is a new area in the FCS of  Russia international activity. Meetings of heads of customs administrations  from BRICS countries which were held in March and November 2013 in Pretoria (RSA) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), respectively, became initial steps taken in this direction.

The FCS of  Russia has its representations (representatives) in 18 countries: Abkhazia, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, China, Republic of Korea, Latvia, South Ossetia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, and Japan.

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The International Customs Day is celebrated all over the world, starting from 1983, when this holiday appeared officially on calendars and was confined to the thirtieth anniversary of the World Customs Organization. On this very day, January 26, 1953, the first session of the Customs Cooperation Council was held in Brussels, which acquired its current name – the World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1994.