On December 12-14, 2017 BOMCA expert team met with key national partners from the State Committee of  Uzbekistan to jointly assess the existing practices and procedures of import risk analysis and control. This BOMCA activity aims to sustain institutional development of the State Veterinary Committee in the areas covered by international Trade Facilitation Conventions. In particular, it intends to extend awareness on the veterinary border check, and effective appliance of risk analysis.

By reviewing and consolidating existing national and international regulations, such as World Trade Organization’s  Sanitary Phytosanitary agreement requirements,  International Standards of Phytosanitary Measures of International Plant Protection Convention,  participants discussed possible advancement of a legislative framework that promotes a more harmonised approach to import control and create a more transparent, up-to-date and effective system of import  and export controls, allowing more coherence in and integration of the different control mechanisms and different approaches in place.

European experts gave overview about main principles for trade facilitation measures at border check points and presented good practices. Such aspects as legislation, control programs and procedures, decision criteria and action, appropriate facilities, equipment, transportation and communication tools for risk based import controls, trained personnel, accredited laboratory capacities were emphasized as main conditions for trade facilitation improvement.