EU-funded Programme assisted in improving cooperation between Customs, Phytosanitary, and Veterinary services to facilitate trade in Kazakhstan

  • Thematic Component: 3. Facilitation of Trade
  • Country: Kazakhstan

From March 29 to 31, the Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA 10) organised a technical assistance mission on inter-agency cooperation between Customs and Phytosanitary, and Veterinary Services involved in border control at border check points. The assistance is targeted at the representatives of State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance, Committee of Veterinary Control and Supervision and Committee of State Inspection of AIS of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan.

The expert team, represented by the Customs Board of the State Revenue Service of Latvia and the Director of Border Control at the Department of Food and Veterinary Service of Latvia, reviewed the existing legislation which regulates cooperation among Customs Administration and SPS Institutions.

As a result of this technical assistance, recommendations will be developed by the expert team for the improvement of cooperation and communication tools among these institutions. Successful implementation of these recommendations increases cooperation among the relevant agencies and thus facilitates international trade.

The mission is organised in the framework of the Programme’s Component 3 “Facilitation of Trade” and is aimed at supporting the regional economic integration process. The importance of this component is underlined by the necessity of strengthening the facilitation of the legitimate trade flows.

A similar activity was implemented for Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.