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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 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.

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.