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HMRC Issues Record £23.8m Fine for Money Laundering Breaches

On 7 January 2021, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published the latest list of businesses handed fines for breaching strict regulations aimed at preventing criminals from laundering illicit cash.

France Announces November 2020 Trade Stats

In trend, in November 2020, exports continued their recovery that began in June. They thus rose to 92% of their average level for 2019 (+4 points compared to September). Imports remain stable at 91%.

Turkey and the United Kingdom Sign Free Trade Agreement

Turkey and the United Kingdom extended their free-trade deal on 29 December 2020, days before Britain formally leaves the European Union, to keep up the existing flow of goods.

Commission on Customs and Quarantine Cooperation Established between Belarus and China

Within the framework of the Belarusian-Chinese intergovernmental cooperation Committee, a Commission on customs and quarantine cooperation was established.

National Workshop on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy for Bosnia and Herzegovina

A National Workshop on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy for Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina was carried out from 16 to 18 December 2020. The Workshop was delivered by the WCO Secretariat whereas financed by the Customs Co-operation Fund of Japan (CCF/Japan) and technically supported by the ROCB Europe.

New Categorization for Customs Control in Kazakhstan

In order to differentiate the application of forms of customs control, the customs authorities apply a subject-oriented approach, namely, the participants in foreign economic activity are categorized into low, medium and high risk categories.

EC Welcomes Agreement on Crucial VAT Relief for Vaccines and Testing Kits

On 7 December, the European Commission welcomed the adoption of important new measures which will enable Member States to relieve EU hospitals, medical practitioners and individuals of Value-Added Tax (VAT) when acquiring coronavirus vaccines and testing kits.

Academy of the State Customs Committee and Institute for Fiscal Studies of the Kingdom of Spain sign MoU

On November 26, a ceremony was held to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Academy of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Spain's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IEF).

Norwegian Customs Reports Seizure of Nearly 25000 Units of Illegal Medicals

Nearly 25,000 units, in the form of pills, tablets, ampoules and the like, were seized by the Customs during this year's international action against illegal medical devices and counterfeit drugs, Operation Pangea XIII. The Norwegian Medicines Agency's analyzes confirm that consumers are being deceived. (Illustration photo: Hampus Lundgren)

AEO MRA Webinar Provides Insights for Moldova Customs

In close cooperation with the WCO Secretariat, ROCB Europe coordinated a National Webinar Program for Moldova Customs on Authorized Economic Operator’s (AEO) Mutual Recognition, which was held virtually from 2 to 4 December 2020.The Webinar was delivered by the WCO Secretariat and accredited experts while it was technically and financially supported and arranged by the ROCB Europe.

France Enhances the Fight Against Money Laundering

On November 18, 2020, the Director General of Customs and Indirect Taxes (DGDDI) and the Director General of Tracfin (Intelligence Processing and Action Against Illegal Financial Circuits) co-signed the guidelines relating to the implementation, by operators of voluntary sales of furniture at public auctions, of their obligations. in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terroris

National Transit Coordinator Webinar for Kazakhstan Customs

In the period from 24 to 26 November 2020 the WCO Regional Training Centre in Nur-Sultan city of the Training Methodical Centre of the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan (RTC WCO in Nur-Sultan city) with the support of the international organization USAID held an international webinar on «National transit coordinator» with the participation of regional