Azerbaijan simplifies customs clearance with four countries

Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 29

By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

The negotiations over the exchange of initial data about goods and vehicles crossing the border are underway with Iran, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Russia to facilitate customs clearance, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, Lieutenant-General, head of the Customs Service Aydin Aliyev told Trend Jan. 29.

"This will reduce downtime to a minimum on the border, as well as the risks of violating the customs regulations and so on," he said. "This is beneficial for both sides. The process of implementing these projects will begin in the near future. There are no obstacles for this."

He said that the State Customs Committee is working to improve and optimize the checkpoints on the customs border of Azerbaijan, as well as to bring the customs control procedures and clearance in accordance with the EU experience.

"We are developing a "single window" project, as well as continue working to develop the "one-stop" and "fast pass" international principles," he said. "Moreover, the customs bodies are equipped with non-intrusive control tools. This allows simplifying the customs control and clearance, as well as reducing the checking time to a minimum."

He said the construction of the customs points meeting the international standards continues in Azerbaijan.

"Major work is underway on the construction of customs terminals, customs warehouses and temporary storages," Aliyev said. "We also pay great attention to the systematic improvement of professional skills of customs officers."

He said currently, the priority issues include the modernization of the infrastructure along Azerbaijan's customs borders, as well as continuing the work within various projects that are being implemented jointly with EU and other international organizations in order to strengthen the material and technical basis.

He added that in general, Azerbaijan's Customs Committee continues working towards speeding up the trade turnover in the international trade, facilitating the export and import operations, preventing the illegal movement of goods across the state border, improving the professional skills of the employees and strengthening the legislative framework and material and technical support.

Edited by SI

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