Customs of Russia and Brazil Conclude Memorandum of Understanding on Exchange of Information for Customs Inspection upon Goods Release
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the Federal Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Brazil (Federative Republic of Brazil) on the exchange of all information necessary for the customs inspection upon the goods release was signed during the bilateral negotiations held in Brasilia (Brazil) on December 12, 2019. The document was signed by Vladimir Ivin, Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia, and Jose Barroso Tostes Neto, Secretary of the Federal Revenue Service of Brazil.
The memorandum would allow customs services to increase the reliability of assessing the value of the goods transported between the territories of the states as well as the reliability of the monitoring of information and shipping documents upon the goods release.
During the negotiations, the Parties discussed all promising areas of their bilateral customs cooperation. The relevant agreement was made regarding the development of the roadmap for the preparation of the agreement on the mutual recognition of the status of the authorized economic operator (AEO.)
The Russian party submitted the draft plan for the interaction of all law enforcement units of the customs services for the period from 2020 to 2022 for the consideration by the colleagues. The approaches for any further activities concerning the analysis and exchange of all customs statistics and training (in particular, in the field of cynology) were also agreed.
The parties noted the proximity of approaches and the mutual support on the main issues of the customs cooperation in the format of the BRICS association, as well as the successful cooperation of the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the Secretary of the Federal Revenue Service of Brazil within the World Customs Organization.
During the visit to Brazil, the delegation of the Federal Customs Service of Russia also got acquainted with the activities of the customs authorities of the largest seaport in South America – the Port of Santos, the busiest air hub of the continent – Guarulhos (in the city of São Paulo) as well as the checkpoint on the Brazil-Paraguay border in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, which has the largest volumes of passenger traffic in the region. During negotiations with the management of the above customs authorities, the parties noted the mutual interest in developing practical cooperation at the level of all regional subdivisions of the customs departments.