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EEC Minister Nurlan Akmatov and Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Kunio Mikuriya discussed bilateral cooperation issues

EEC Minister Nurlan Akmatov and Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Kunio Mikuriya discussed bilateral cooperation issues

7/3/2019
Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Nurlan Akmatov and Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Kunio Mikuriya discussed in Brussels (Belgium) the issues of improving customs regulation, trade facilitation in accordance with international standards and best practices of customs administration as well as prospects for the Eurasian integration in the customs sphere.
“The interaction between the EEC and the WCO in the sphere of customs is developing within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 and is one of the important strategic directions of international cooperation which contributes to the harmonization of customs operations in the EAEU and the development of foreign trade relations”, - Nurlan Akmatov stressed.
The sides discussed the possibility of enhancing cooperation between the EEC and the WCO in terms of exchange of expert opinions on the classification of goods in accordance with the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. Other agenda items included participation of the EEC customs unit representatives in the Working group on the comprehensive review of the revised Kyoto Convention, other WCO working bodies as well as strengthening the role and status of the Eurasian Economic Union in the process of improving customs regulation tools in the World Customs Organization.
As part of the visit to the WCO Headquarters, the EEC Minister in charge of Customs Cooperation Nurlan Akmatov attended the 133rd/134th session of the Customs Cooperation Council of the World Customs Organization whereon the performance of the WCO governing bodies for 2018-2019 was discussed.
For reference
The Customs Cooperation Council is the WCO’s main governing body which determines the prospects for developing customs administration in the international customs community. The Council is responsible for studying all issues of customs cooperation, technical aspects of customs systems, preparation of draft conventions, development of recommendations on customs regulation and cooperation with intergovernmental organizations on the issues within the Council’s competence. The Council meets once a year. It involves the Heads of customs authorities of the WCO Member States.