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New Rules on Cash Controls in the EU

The European Commission has published materials for an information campaign related to the application of the new Regulation (EU) 2018/1672, which refers to the application of the new rules on cash control, which will be fully applied from 3 June 2021 in the Member States.

French Customs Confiscates 3.5 Tonnes of Cigarettes

On April 30, Calais customs officials seized 3.5 tonnes of cigarettes. Customs officers discovered a load consisting of 30 pallets of cardboard boxes, of which, apart from the first three pallets, contained cartons of JPS brand cigarettes.

Turkey and Sweden Agrees to Boost Bilateral Trade and Investment

During the first Turkish-Sweden Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting, held online, top officials from both countries spoke on bilateral commercial ties and relations with the EU, in particular updating the Turkey-EU Customs Union as well as the EU's Green Deal.

Azerbaijan Customs Revealed more than 730kg of Drugs

Azerbaijan Customs continues its operations in order to prevent illicit trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances going through the territory of the country, determine and hold accountable persons involved in the transnational crimes and find out their relations with other members of organized criminal groups operating in different countries.

WCO Cargo Targeting System deployed in Azerbaijan

On 20 April 2020, an online event has been held to acknowledge the completion of the deployment of the WCO Cargo Targeting System (CTS) to the State Customs Committee (SCC), Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is the latest of a growing number of countries to implement the WCO CTS to enhance their cargo risk assessment and targeting capability.

Belarus Customs Seizes Cold Weapons

Brest customs officers in Belarus stopped an attempt to illegally move 500 bits, recognized by experts as cold weapons, to the territory of the EEU.

The consultative meeting between the WCO Capacity Building Directorate and the ROCB Europe

On 27 April 2021, a virtual meeting was held between the WCO Capacity Building Directorate and the ROCB Europe on the work done and future prospects. The event was attended by Capacity Building Director Mr. Taeil Kang and Head of ROCB Europe, Mr. Eser Çengel.

Tverečius Checkpoint on Lithuanian-Belarusian Border Reopens

With the opening of the Tverečius checkpoint, the queues at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border will decrease.

UNCTAD Examines Why Container Freight Rates Surged during Covid-19

UNCTAD examines the complex factors behind the unprecedented shortage of containers hampering trade’s recovery, and how to avoid a similar situation in the future.

French Customs Hands Over seized Archaeological Objects to Peruvian authorities

On April 14, French Customs handed over to Peruvian authorities 9 archaeological objects seized in 2012 by the Poitiers customs brigade during a traffic check. Ornamental jewelry, adornments, ceremonial objects, ceramics, from the Cupisnic (1000-200 BC) and Chimu (900-1400 AD) cultures will find the heritage collections of Peru.

Serbia Customs Prevents Attempt for Smuggling Endangered Species

Customs officers rescued birds from the hands of smugglers at the exit of the Sremska Rača border crossing. Customs officers, in cooperation with the police, prevented an attempt to smuggle 45 birds, many of which belong to protected species.

ROCB Europe Represented at the Event during 64th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

On 14 April 2021, CARICC jointly with the UNODC Programme Office in Almaty organized and conducted a side event entitled “CARICC: a leading platform for regional and international cooperation in countering drug trafficking and cross-border drug crime” during the 64th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).