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TRACECA countries always interested in harmonization and easing of customs procedures – Secretary General


BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 30. The harmonization
and simplification of customs procedures are of constant interest
to TRACECA member countries, Secretary General of the Permanent
Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission (PS IGC) TRACECA
Asset Assavbayev said, press service of TRACECA told Trend.

Assavbayev made the statement during the first virtual workshop
on customs issues along the TRACECA routes
(Europe-Caucasus-Asia).

According to the press service, the Secretary General and the
member countries of the Basic Multilateral Agreement on
International Transport for Development of the Europe-the
Caucasus-Asia Corridor (MLA) TRACECA discussed the harmonization
and simplification of customs transit procedures, also mechanisms
for systematic exchange of information between customs
authorities.

“The main objective of the seminar is to support the
simplification of customs procedures at border crossings and
seaports along TRACECA routes to facilitate the movement of goods,”
press service said.

It was also noted that TRACECA routes connecting Europe, the
Caucasus and Asia are characterized by multimodal transport through
the territory of several countries, accompanied by modal
shifts.

“Transport through border crossings and seaports in TRACECA
transit countries requires additional processing time. Modal shifts
also require certain formalities related to paperwork and customs
procedures.

In this regard, harmonization and simplification of procedures
generally, improvement of the efficiency of customs transit
regimes, simplification of customs formalities to optimize border
crossing operations and improve the efficiency of seaports are
those issues of permanent interest to the TRACECA member states,
which are striving to improve communication along the whole
Europe-Caucasus-Asia corridor,” TRACECA said.

Assavbayev noted the need to simplify traffic and reduce border
crossing times, which is important for the attractiveness of
TRACECA corridor routes.

“Customs procedures at border crossings and seaports are one of
the most important issues to be addressed in order to improve
border crossing efficiency. The exchange of experience and
harmonization of policies related to the implementation of
international customs transit systems can significantly contribute
to the goal of facilitating international transport along our
route,” Assavbayev added.

It was proposed to develop an overview of customs transit
systems along TRACECA routes, organize a meeting between member
countries to gain access to a common transit convention, research
and consider in more detail simplified customs transit procedures
as a result of the last seminar.

The usage of advance cargo information, also the development of
mechanisms for the systematic exchange of information between
customs authorities in selected TRACECA countries (where such
mechanisms currently do not exist) were proposed during the last
seminar. All these topics will be further discussed during the
second workshop on customs issues in October 2022.


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