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Record Result in 2020 for Lithuania Customs in Fight Against Cigarette Smuggling

Analysts from the Customs Criminal Service (CCS) have assessed the results of last year's fight against cigarette smuggling: almost all as early as 2019. the forecasts and trends published in the autumn were confirmed and highlighted last year.

Chameleons Seized at Vianna Airport

On January 20, 2021, customs officials and customs investigators at Vienna Airport checked a traveler who had flown from Tanzania via the Ethiopian Addis Ababa to Vienna on the basis of a risk analysis.

Azerbaijan Kickstarts Twinning Project on Accession to New Computerised Transit System

The opening event of the Twinning Project "Support to the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the accession to the Convention on a Common Transit Procedure, Convention on Simplification of Formalities in Trade in Goods and implementation of the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)" was held on January 29.

Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Seized by Azerbaijan Customs

Officers of the Main Customs Administration on Air Transport of State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan prevented an attempt to smuggle large quantities of drugs and psychotropic substances into the country.

ROCB Europe Supports National Workshop on Post Clearance Audit for Moldova

A National Workshop on Post Clearance Audit was held virtually from 18 to 22 January 2021 for Moldova Customs as a part of the WCO capacity building delivery plan. The five-day event was made possible through technical support by the Regional Office for Capacity Building for the World Customs Organization Europe Region.

First EETS Lorry Enters Switzerland

EETS is the EU's harmonised electronic toll service throughout Europe – and now Switzerland has joined as well. This service simplifies and accelerates the movement of goods at the border. Joining the EETS network is a milestone in the DaziT digitalisation and transformation programme.

New Online Services for Freight Forwarders in Turkmenistan

An automated system of online services for processing international cargo transportation is implemented in Turkmenistan on railways. With the help of a new digital system on the trl.gov.tm website, a shipper can obtain and register a railway code, which will provide access to a personal account.

Services Trade Recovery Not Yet in Sight, Reports WTO

Global services trade in the third quarter of 2020 fell 24% compared to the same period in 2019, according to statistics released by the WTO on 26 January. This represents only a small uptick from the 30% year-on-year decline registered in the second quarter, in marked contrast to the much stronger rebound in goods trade.

No Gear Down on Trade at Turkish Border Crossings in 2020

In 2020, entry and exit of 3.4 million commercial vehicles took place at Turkey's land border. The Minister of Trade Ruhsar Pekcan said: "The border point through which the most number of commercial vehicles crossed is Habur Customs Gate with Iraq totaling 1 million 90 thousand vehicles, while Kapıkule with 704 thousand vehicles and Sarp Customs Gate with 315 thousand vehicles followed”.

ROCB Europe Congratulates Customs Family on the International Customs Day!

Today is celebrated by more than 800,000 customs officers around the world. International Customs Day is not only a manifestation of international customs solidarity, but also draws public attention to the economic and social development of society, as well as the important role of customs authorities.

Vice-Chair of the WCO Europe Region Meets with WCO Deputy Secretary General

On January 14, chairman of the State Customs Committee, Vice-Chair of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Europe region Safar Mehdiyev and WCO Deputy Secretary General Ricardo Treviño Chapa held a videoconference.

WCO Global Webinar Series on Improving Awareness on COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a tremendous risk to the health and safety of people throughout the world and seriously jeopardizes future economic prospects on an international scale.