At a meeting of the Subcommittee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation, the Eurasian Economic Commission (Comission) and the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, on the one hand, and the General Customs Administration of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), on the other, considered current issues of interaction. They discussed the development of digital (smart) customs and the introduction of advanced customs technologies, the “single window” mechanism, improving the institution of “authorized economic operator”, implementation of electronic document management during transit in the Union, as well as the implementation of the “Eurasian agroexpress «.
The Commission believes that the development of dialogue with Chinese partners is a relevant area of work within the framework of the implementation of the Main Directions of the Union’s International Activities. Exchange of experience with the PRC on various issues of customs administration, including the use of advanced customs technologies, is an important aspect of successful customs cooperation.
The legal basis for organizing interaction between the Union and the Customs Service of the PRC is the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation of May 17, 2018, Chapter 6 of which affects such legal institutions of customs regulation as customs value, classification, risk management, temporary import of goods and processing at customs territory, release of goods, “single window”, coordinated border management, authorized economic operator, as well as issues of customs cooperation, application of information technology, customs infrastructure, preliminary decisions, information exchange, etc.
During the Subcommittee meeting, Sergei Mozer, Deputy Head of the Division of Advanced Customs Technologies of the Department of Customs Legislation and Law-Enforcement Practice, presented a report on the topic “Development of the “single window” mechanism in the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union and the formation of a data matrix for foreign economic activity.”
During the meeting, the parties expressed confidence that the Subcommittee will become a platform for further discussion of current issues of customs cooperation between the EAEU and the PRC.
Reference: The Subcommittee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation was approved in accordance with Article 6.24 of the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and the People’s Republic of China, on the other hand, dated May 17, 2018 . The Subcommittee is entrusted with the following functions: ensuring the proper implementation of Chapter 6 of the Agreement and resolving all issues arising in connection with its application; monitoring the implementation of Chapter 6 of the Agreement in order to identify areas related to this chapter that can be improved to facilitate trade between the parties; exchange of information for the purpose of strengthening cooperation between the parties on issues of strategic development of customs regulation of each party; and also carrying out the preparation of recommendations and a report to the Joint Commission.