Vietnam Customs, Federal Customs Service of Russia Strengthen Cooperation

11:24:31 AM | 9/19/2019

As part of bilateral cooperation between Vietnam Customs and the Federal Customs Service of Russia, on September 9th, 2019, General Director of the General Department of Vietnam Customs, Nguyen Van Can, held talks with Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia, Vladimir Bulavin, in Russia’s capital city of Moscow, within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two agencies.

The bilateral talks aimed at strengthening the effective and substantive implementation of commitments on promoting trade cooperation and trade facilitation under the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), signed and in effect on October 5th, 2016; at the same time, reviewing and evaluating the results of bilateral cooperation between the two customs under the framework of the agreement between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Government of the Russian Federation on mutual cooperation and administrative support in customs signed in 2010.

At the meeting, Mr. Nguyen Van Can and Mr. Vladimir Bulavin appreciated the efforts of the two countries in fulfilling the commitments of the agreement on trade facilitation and customs administration over the years. Vietnam and Russian Customs have cooperated closely with the Eurasian Economic Commission to negotiate, close the gap and make efforts to invest in the construction of technical infrastructure and information technology in practice. Therefore, the testing of messages have been completed, confidential communication channels have been set up to exchange declarations arising under commitments.

The customs leaders of the two countries emphasized the important role of customs authorities in implementing the trade facilitation commitments, and agreed on further strengthening the responsibilities of both customs authorities. Accordingly, the two sides agreed to accelerate the completion of information technology system connection, establish a secure data transmission channel between the two sides to prepare solid infrastructure conditions for exchanging electronic customs information in phase 2 from October 5, 2019. It is expected that the two sides' customs authorities will sign a protocol to amend and supplement the protocol on electronic exchange of customs information in October 2019 as a legal basis for the implementation of phase 2.

The General Department of Vietnam Customs also affirmed Vietnam's efforts in coordinating with customs authorities to promote the implementation of the Vietnam-Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement (VN-EAEU FTA); promoting import-export trade activities between the two sides. Vietnam also affirmed to coordinate closely with Russian Customs in particular and EAEU Customs in general in the inspection, supervision and control of goods at risk of fraud of origin, labelling and illegal transportation between the two sides, transnational smuggling lines, especially criminals transporting narcotics and goods infringing intellectual property rights and goods infringing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), goods abusing Vietnam's origin to export to other markets to enjoy preferential tariff treatments and evade trade remedies.

The General Department of Vietnam Customs also affirmed that Vietnam was making efforts to create a fair, healthy and legal business environment for businesses, ready to coordinate with customs authorities in the world including the Federal Customs Service of Russia to prevent smuggling and trade fraud.

At the talks, the leaders of the two Customs Services updated each other about recent developments of Customs in each country, emphasizing the importance of trade facilitation measures combining with increased inspection and control to prevent smuggling and trade frauds, and especially to combat illegal cross-border transportation of drugs and other prohibited goods. The talk also emphasized that the two countries' customs authorities will further strengthen bilateral cooperation activities based on commitments under the Customs Cooperation Agreement such as the cooperation in exchanging import and export statistics, exchange of verification information for anti-smuggling investigation, cooperation in training officials and exchange of expert delegations to share customs management experience.

Russian Customs also expressed unanimous support to Vietnam Customs  in training staff on various topics including value, origin of goods, risk management, sniffing dog training, anti-smuggling and customs violations; exchange of information between the Customs academies and customs schools on the curriculum materials.

After the talk, the leaders of the two agencies signed working minutes and a joint cooperation plan on combating customs violations between Vietnam and Russian Customs for 2019 -2023.