More than 2.3 thousand participants visited the International Customs Forum-2019
On October 24–25, 2019 the International Customs Forum-2019 was held at the World Trade Center in Moscow. The Forum was attended by more than 2,300 participants: representatives of state authorities and members of Russia’s business community, more than 150 representatives of foreign delegations from 32 countries, four international organizations; more than 50 journalists representing 30 business and specialized media.
More than 40 business events, presentations and workshops were held within the framework of the core program of the Forum. Among those who took part in the events were Anton Siluanov, first deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Minister of Finance, leaders of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Federal Tax Service of Russia, other executive bodies, representatives of foreign customs organizations, including Wang Lintszun, deputy head of the General Customs Directorate of the People's Republic of China, Sabine Henzler, Director for International Affairs and General Matters of Directorate General, European Commission on Taxation and Customs Union, as well as major figurers of the business community.
The plenary session Customs 2030: trajectory of the future was the key event of the Forum’s business program, during which the Development strategy for the customs service until 2030 was presented to the public.
The participants of the International Customs Forum-2019 also discussed the development of the institution of customs representatives, the integration of technical regulation mechanisms within the framework of the EAEU, export support measures in Russia, the reform of customs authorities, improvement of the administration procedures for customs payments, the regulation of online trade, the development of international cooperation with the EU countries, issues of out-of-court settlement of customs disputes and counteraction against trafficking of counterfeit goods, development prospects of the authorized economic operator institute, the improvement of customs information systems, etc.
During the Forum international documents, including a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Trade of Turkey regarding the exchange of statistics data on two-way trade, a Memorandum with the Financial Administration of Slovakia regarding cooperation in the field of preventing transference of nuclear materials and radioactive substances through checkpoints were signed. An agreement with the Tajik Customs Service, regarding countering dubious financial transactions conducted by participants of Foreign Economic Activities and a Protocol regarding the exchange of documents and information on the customs value of goods, have been signed.
Workshop sessions on operating services of the personal account of a participant of Foreign Economic Activities were held, the ATA Mercury II carnet digitalization system and interactive simulators for training operators for customs inspection and examination complexes were presented.
The Forum is the successor to the annual Customs Service exhibition held since 1999. Annually, this event provides an opportunity for representatives of state authorities and business to come together at one venue to exchange experience and launch new initiatives related to the development of foreign economic activities.
In 2019 Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, signed Decree No. 1000-r of the Government of the Russian Federation dated of May 21, 2019 on the annual holding of the International Customs Forum. This document demonstrates the importance of the work carried out by the Federal Customs Service to improve customs administration.