Customs agencies continue developing cooperation in the SCO

The 32nd session of the SCO Special Working Group on Customs Cooperation took place in Moscow on 1-2 November, 2017 under Russia's chairmanship.

The agenda included a broad range of issues, including draft documents, the elaboration of which is envisaged by the List of Measures to Promote Project Activities within the SCO in 2017-2021 and the Action Plan for 2016-2020 that is part of the SCO Development Strategy towards 2025.

Experts reviewed the regulations for information exchange between round-the-clock contact points with the use of the channels of the CENcomm RILO-Moscow online platform, and a memorandum on the exchange of information on the cross-border movement of ozone-damaging substances and dangerous waste.

On 3 November, the Russian Customs Academy will host a meeting of customs experts that are responsible for training and upgrading the skills of officials. "Experts will coordinate the dates for conducting various roundtable discussions and seminars on important issues facing the customs services of the SCO member states. Organising these events will become a practical component of the SCO Customs Cooperation Programme to 2021," said Yevgeny Kozyrev, First Deputy Head of the Customs Cooperation Department at the Russian Federal Customs Service, who is the head of the working group.

The Special Working Group on Customs Cooperation has been operating under the Council of External Trade and Economy Ministers of the SCO Member States since 2004. Its main task is to coordinate joint actions of the customs agencies of the SCO member states in priority areas.