BOMCA contributes to the digitalisation and automation of customs work in Kyrgyzstan

Thematic Component: 3. Facilitation of Trade
Country: Kyrgyzstan

From May 24 to 26, the Border Management Programme in Central Asia held a workshop in Bishkek for customs officers of the Kyrgyz Customs Service on different transit systems, their requirements and application. The activity improved customs transit efficiency through the introduction of relevant international legal instruments and good practices in this area.

Experts from the State Revenue Service of Latvia provided support in addressing any challenges in the application of different transit regimes and increasing their efficiency of a transit regime through, among other things, the automation of transit. The workshop concentrated on a detailed overview of the commonalities and differences of practices between the European Union and Eurasian Economic Union. The participants also looked into EU good practices and elements that could add specific value to the national customs processes. 

As a result of the workshop, a model manual was developed on the harmonisation of legislation and recommendations for improving national applications, transit data exchange and cooperation among customs administrations in the application of transit regimes.

To enhance cooperation between Central Asian countries in the field of international movements of goods, rapid border crossing, smooth customs controls etc., an essential measure is the introduction of electronic exchange of information between customs authorities. To ensure digitalisation and automation of customs processes, the harmonisation of national legislative acts is the key step.