|Vladimir Bulavin had meetings with the heads of Customs Services of foreign countries|
A working meeting of Vladimir Bulavin, the Head of the Russian FCS, and Batbold Asralt, the Chairman of the General Customs Administration of Mongolia, was held on October 24, 2016, as part of the international exhibition “Customs Service – 2016”. The parties noted the steady development of the Russian-Mongolian customs cooperation in 2016.
It was agreed to intensify cooperation in the three-party direction, in particular to hold the next meeting of the working group of the Russian, Mongolian, Chinese customs services under the Agreement on mutual recognition of the customs controls results in Moscow, in 2017.
Following the meeting, the FCS of Russia and GCA of Mongolia initialed the draft protocol on cooperation in the field of stable functioning of the checkpoints on the Russian-Mongolian border.
The same day V. Bulavin had a meeting with Marek Helm, the Director General of the Tax and Customs Board of the Republic of Estonia.
V. Bulavin thanked M. Helm for participation of the Estonian TCB representatives in the International Exhibition “Customs Service – 2016” with a joint stand of the Baltic States customs services.
The parties welcomed extension of the Protocol on cooperation between the Russian FCS and the Estonian TCB on exchange of information obtained from the use of the IC, dated March 17, 2016, to the railway check points located on the Russian-Estonian border in addition to the automobile check points.
The efficient cooperative work to suppress illegal transfer of commercial batches under the guise of goods for personal use was noted.
On October 26, 2016, V. Bulavin, the the Head of the Russian FCS, had a working meeting with Ingrida Gulbe-Otanke, the Acting Director of the Customs Department of the State Revenue Service of the Republic of Latvia.
The parties noted the high level of cooperation between the customs services of Russia and Latvia, as evidenced by the smooth operation of check points on the Russian-Latvian border.
The customs services of Russia and Latvia agreed to continue to work on a four-party agreement on cooperation of customs and border services of Russia and Latvia at the check points on the Russian-Latvian state border in order to enhance their capacity.
Also, V. Bulavin, the Head of the Russian FCS, met with A. Hartikainen, the Director General of Customs of Finland; the main topic on the agenda of the meeting was the further strengthening of cooperation in order to simplify the customs administration and to facilitate mutual trade between Russia and Finland. The parties paid particular attention to the issues of organization of a new pilot project on international transport between the two countries, as well as a project to provide facilitation in the completion of customs formalities in respect of goods transported by rail from Finland to China through Russia and Kazakhstan.
The negotiations resulted in signing of the Regulations of the information exchange within the framework of implementation of the Protocol on exchange of information resulting from the use of inspection complexes (IC), in order to improve the efficiency of customs control, dated November 18, 2014. It was agreed to test the exchange of information (practical experiments on IC image sharing) during November, 2016 and launch the project officially on December 1, 2016. It suggests that the customs authority of one of the parties does not conduct customs clearance of a consignment, if the customs authority of the other party has applied customs controls with the use of IC.
Following the negotiations, V.I. Bulavin, the Head of the Russian FCS, awarded his foreign colleagues with the jubilee medal “25 Years of the Federal Customs Service”.
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)