Turkic states to create simplified customs corridor

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The countries of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) will create a simplified customs corridor, and its participants will be able to exchange information in advance about the goods being transported. The corresponding agreement between the countries was considered by the Parliament of Kazakhstan, reports Vlast.kz.

The agreement is aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing the time required for customs control through the electronic exchange of information on goods and vehicles moving between the territories of the participating countries, said Minister of Finance of Kazakhstan Madi Takiev.

The agreement provides for the acceleration of customs operations, reducing the number of documents and procedures, as well as minimizing the use of forms and methods of customs control based on the analysis of information about goods using a risk management system.

It is provided that customs authorities must identify competent officials responsible for the exchange of preliminary information and for direct contacts.

The document also introduces the concepts of “simplified customs corridor” and “trade operators”. The simplified customs corridor is an electronic system for the advance exchange of information about transported goods, open for use on a voluntary basis and applied to all modes of transport. Trade operators are those who provide reliable information about goods and means of transport, participate in the simplified corridor and complete customs procedures in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.

Members of the Organization of Turkic States are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Türkiye, and Uzbekistan. Hungary and Turkmenistan are observers and at the same time potential members of the organization.


June 5, 2024