At the 18th International Customs Exhibition "Customs Service - 2017" and at the occasion of the day of the Customs Officer of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Frolov and Mr. Marek Retelski signed an important partnership agreement between the two associations.
The main objectives of this agreement are: coordination of efforts in facilitating the transit of goods and ensuring smoother border-crossing procedures at international and regional levels.
The Eurasian Guarantors Association "GARANT" was established in 2017, among the following founders: ARSENAL (Russia), "UNIFIED CUSTOMS GUARANTOR" (Russia), ADAL (Russia), "ARSENAL- KYRGYZSTAN "(Kyrgyz Republic), KazTransitService (Republic of Kazakhstan) and BELNEFTEGAZ "(Republic of Belarus).
The key objectives of the association "GARANT" are: to promote the creation of a unified guarantee system for the payment of customs duties and taxes in the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAPC) while coordinating the activities of the national guaranteeing organisations in the region.
The Global Transit Organisation (GTO) has regional offices in Russia and Germany, as well as Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. As such, GTO is directly interested in discussions on international transit issues with international organisations located in Switzerland and in the EU, such as the World Trade Organization, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the World Customs Organisation or the European Commission.
According to Sergei Frolov, Executive Director of the Eurasian Guarantors Association, « the partnership will, in particular, allow our association to benefit from the international experience of the Global Transit Organization in matters related to customs guarantees to facilitate the creation of a unified transit system on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union ».
At the same time, such a new transit system will ensure the reliability and full transparency of the various guaranteeing organisations, as well as the protection of members' interests in front of national and international bodies, minimizing the risks of non-payment of customs duties to the national budgets ».
The General Director of GTO, Mr. Marek Retelski, stressed that "in addition, the partnership agreement signed today will allow both organizations to work with commercial partners and authorities outside the Eurasian Economic Union, starting with the European Union and Turkey and also to develop cooperation between various regional and national transit systems and to save time and money for transport companies and traders.
Obviously, for the development of such interaction, innovative IT tools are very much needed, namely, a single online system for purchasing any customs guarantees and informing state authorities in advance about the goods transported, to properly assess risks ».
The parties expressed confidence that the signing of the agreement will be the starting point for a long-term fruitful cooperation.