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bulavinvi_eng Vladimir Ivanovich Bulavin
 Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation
On holding the 22nd meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Customs Cooperation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member-states

On 25-26 February, 2014, the 22nd special meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Customs Cooperation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member-states was held in Moscow. Representatives of customs authorities of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan (hereafter “the Parties) and of the SCO Secretariat took part in the meeting.

The meeting participants considered a number of important and urgent issues. In particular, the Parties discussed the draft Memorandum between customs authorities of the SCO member-states, elaborated by the Russian Party, on cooperation in the field of development and implementation of the risk management system. This document determines main areas of interaction and cooperation, including exchange of non-confidential information on techniques and technologies to implement the risk management system, as well as sharing experience in this field. The Memorandum will allow holding joint researches, seminars, and conferences.

The issue related to cooperation in suppressing smuggling and violations in the customs sphere, was also discussed at the meeting. The Parties discussed the draft Protocol on cooperation of customs authorities of the SCO member-states in the law-enforcement area, elaborated by the the Customs Control Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Protocol will contribute to more effective actions to suppress customs violations and offences, and will allow holding joint events, exchanging information on violations and offences in the customs field, and holding joint consultations.

The Parties’ experts discussed the submitted comments and proposals to the draft Protocol on exchange of information required to determine and control the customs value of goods between customs authorities of the SCO member-states. The Protocol affords an opportunity to determine the correctness of the statement on the customs value of goods, and to exchange this information.

The following meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group is scheduled for April 2014 in Almaty (the Republic of Kazakhstan).