Contractual Legal Base
Since the beginning of 2016, 19 international acts have been signed including 10 international conventions, 5 memoranda, 2 plans and 1 program of cooperation with 11 countries.
Currently, draft interdepartmental conventions are being developed on cooperation in preventing customs violations in connection with the air carriage of goods, with France, Japan and Germany.
Interdepartmental conventions are being agreed on organizing the exchange of preliminary information on goods and transport means carried between the Russian Federation and other countries, with Vietnam, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Uruguay, France and Ethiopia.
PRC and Mongolia
Partner relations are robustly developing between the customs services of Russia and China. The Subcommission for Customs Cooperation has been launched within the Commission for Preparation of Regular Meetings between Heads of the Russian and Chinese Governments. Seven Russo-Chinese working groups are operating along the key lines of customs cooperation.
About 10 joint projects are being currently implemented in the customs. Key efforts are dedicated to implementing the Green Corridor Project and to mutually recognizing customs control results.
Cooperation between the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the Chief Customs Department of China had a remarkable boost in 2016 in the multilateral format in an effort to align the construction of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Way´s Economic Belt. In cooperation with the customs services of Kazakhstan, Belarus, Finland and Slovakia, the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the Chief Customs Department of the People´s Republic of China are developing a project to facilitate the transit of goods from China to Europe and back via the Russian Federation.
This project is based on the mutual recognition of customs control results, which will significantly reduce the time en route of goods to their destinations.
A similar agreement was signed in 2016 between the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the customs services of China and Mongolia on a trilateral basis.
Bilateral cooperation between the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the Customs Service of Mongolia is also robustly developing. Preparations are under way to launch projects of mutual recognition of results of customs control of goods and exchange of inspection images to raise the efficiency of customs control.
Work is under way to prepare the exchange of preliminary information under the Green Corridor Project. Its implementation will significantly reduce the duration of customs procedures due to the advance provision of data and create favorable conditions for international business agents.
A number of joint measures have been put in place to step up the multilateral cooperation under the North-South International Transport Corridor so that commodity flow along this avenue would grow.
The North-South Project is a multimodal route of carrying passengers and cargoes, connecting Russia to the countries of South and South-East Asia, of a total length of over 7,000 km.
Notably, despite the sanctions, cooperation continues with the customs services of Germany, Finland, Italy, Poland and the Baltic states.
Successful cooperation is under way with the customs service of Italy to test the information exchange under the Green Corridor Project for good faith international business agents.
A project is being discussed with Estonia on implementing a pilot project of regular facilitated border crossing at Kunichina Gora – Koidula and extending this project to Shumilkino – Luhamaa.
Cooperation is continuing with the Customs Service of Poland as part of the efforts of the Working Group for Customs Cooperation.
Countries of Africa, Latin America and the Persian Gulf
Partner relations are being regularized with the customs services of the African continent. Intergovernmental conventions are being developed on customs cooperation and mutual aid with the South African Republic, Morocco and Tunisia, first steps are being taken in cooperation with the customs services of Kenya and Ethiopia.
In 2016, the Federal Customs Service of Russia kept on developing interaction in all customs matters with the customs services of Egypt and Iran. In May 2016, an intergovernmental agreement was signed on customs cooperation and mutual aid between Russia and Iran, and a conference was organized for Iranian companies engaged in international business.
Much attention is being paid to developing cooperation with our distant but still important partners, the customs services of Cuba, Brazil and Argentine. Key efforts in this stage are dedicated to establishing the exchange of information.