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EEU Customs Code should take into account European and world standards

The draft Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union should take into account the European and world standards to the largest possible extent. This matter was discussed at a meeting between the First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky with the heads of customs services of the countries participating in the EEU.

In 2011, the Customs Union was created. At the time, it consisted only of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. In January of this year it grew into a new association - the Eurasian Economic Union, which opened new horizons for the participating countries. Today, it groups five states. Armenia and Kyrgyzstan were the last to join. The integration association brings together almost 200 million people and boasts a GDP of more than $4 trillion. And this is a great opportunity for business and the public.   Armen Gevorgyan, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Armenia:   Armenia sees joining the Customs Union as access to a large market. Labor market and the market for goods and services.   Andrei Belyaninov, head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation: Our Eurasian Union is worthy to be an independent actor in international negotiations. And not only in the format of the customs services, but it is in a format other international forums, platforms and means of communication.   Heads of the customs services of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union gathered in Minsk today to discuss pressing issues. Soon the EEU will introduce electronic customs declaration, which will allow goods to move freely. Customs operations will switch to the use of paperless technologies, which has, incidentally, been successfully applied to Belarus.

One of the key matters was work on the single customs code of the EEU. The document has already been drafted. It will be the basis of the customs control on the territory of the association.

Vasily Matyushevsky, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
We think we need a comprehensive approach to the administration of cross-border flows, which allows for the required level of customs services thanks to the full implementation of modern information technologies in terms of control, development and modernization of border infrastructure in interregional cooperation.

EEU Customs Code should take into account European and world standards