Effective risk management systems in customs are a powerful tool that allow authorities to focus on the most risky areas of border control, to differentiate those involved in trade and, consequently, to keep a proper balance between the facilitation of legitimate trade and prevention of illegal activities in the international trade chain. Thus it is important to ensure that such a system is in place and is implemented properly by customs/border guard officers. To this end, on December 12-14 BOMCA expert team met with national partners from Kyrgyz Customs  to jointly assess the existing national practices and procedures for risk analysis  and criminal investigation in customs clearance and control .This BOMCA activity aimed to provide technical assistance in the development and improvement of the risk management systems in the Central Asian countries.

By reviewing and consolidating various existing national and international regulations, national and European experts exchanged experience and practices on criminal investigation and its principles, interconnectivity of e-intelligence with risk management. Integration of criminal investigation into risk analysis system will promote a more harmonised approach to customs control and create a more transparent, up-to-date and effective system of import controls, allowing more coherence in and integration of the different control mechanisms in place.