|On the working meeting between heads of the customs services of Russia and China|
Negotiations were held in Moscow between the Head of the RF Federal Customs Service, Vladimir Bulavin, and the Director of the Central Customs Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CCA PRC), Yu Guanzhou, arriving in Moscow as part of a PRC governmental delegation for participation in the 20th session of the Russian-Chinese Commission on the preparation of regular meetings between the heads of governments.
The main topic of conversation was the strengthening of cooperation for the purposes of the simplification of customs administration and the facilitation of reciprocal trade between Russia and China.
The two sides agreed on the high importance of the further advancement of bilateral cooperation in all areas of customs administration. Among other matters, special mention was made of the need for joint work on accelerating information sharing within the scope of projects aimed at simplifying customs procedures and improving the efficiency of customs control. Such projects include the “Green Corridor,” the mutual recognition of customs-control results with respect to certain types of goods, ensuring the security and integrity of supply chains under container shipments, and the sharing of information obtained as a result of the use of screening-and-inspection complexes.
The heads of the two customs agencies paid particular attention to the issue of the functioning of the institute of authorized economic operators (AEOs) and agreed in the nearest future to elaborate at the expert level the question of the possible use of this institute.
RF Federal Customs Service Chief Vladimir Bulavin also noted the ever-increasing role of e-commerce, reporting that, over the first 10 months of 2016, the number of international postage parcels had roughly doubled, reaching the 145-mln-parcel mark. In this connection, the two sides undertook to conduct joint work on refining the procedure for the processing of customs operations and improving the efficiency of customs control with respect to e-commerce.
At the conclusion of the talks, the heads of the two customs services expressed their readiness to sign, at the upcoming meeting in St. Petersburg of heads of governments between the Russian Federation and People’s Republic of China, a Memorandum between the RF Federal Customs Service and the CCA PRC on cooperation in the area of combatting customs infractions.
As a culmination to the formalities, Vladimir Bulavin decorated his Chinese colleague with the jubilee medal “The RF Federal Customs Service Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary.”
1. Central Customs Directorate (CTU)
2. Siberian Customs Directorate (STU)
4. Southern Customs Directorate (JTU)
5. Privolzhsky Customs Directorate (PTU)
6. Urals Customs Directorate (UTU)
7. Far Eastern Customs Directorate (DVTU)
8. North Caucasus Customs Directorate (SKTU)