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The Fourth Statistics meeting between Mongolia and China Customs

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The Fourth Statistics meeting between Mongolia and China Customs was held in Ulaanbaatar during 14-17 September, 2015. The main purpose of the meeting is to conduct customs statistics collation and identify the reasons of discrepancy, if needed.

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Mr. Ganbat Osor appointed as Director General of Customs General Administration of Mongolia

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Mr. Ganbat Osor has re-assumed the position of the Director General, Customs General Administration of Mongolia according to the Government decision which was effective from 7 September 2015.

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Inauguration ceremony of Re-locatable Container/Vehicle Inspection System at Selenge customhouse

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The inauguration ceremony of utilizing Re-locatable Container/Vehicle Inspection System at Selenge customhouse, financed by Chinese Government Aid and executed by Nuctech company, was launched at 11 am, 24 September, 2015.

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The delegation of Federal Customs Service, headed by Mr. Beliyaninov Andrey pays official visit to Mongolia

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By the invitation of Customs General Administration of Mongolia, the delegation of Federal Customs Service, headed by Mr. Beliyaninov Andrey has paid an official visit to Mongolia during 4-5 September, 2015.

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The 7th Customs Heads’ meeting between the Customs General Administration of Mongolia and Korea Customs Service

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The 7th Customs Heads’ meeting of the Customs General Administration of Mongolia and Korea Customs Service was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 28 August, 2015. The meeting consisted of following delegations:

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The 14th Customs Cooperation Committee meeting and Private sector dialogue with Customs Cooperation Committee, CAREC is held

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Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation /CAREC/ has been successfully implementing with aim of reducing poverty through promoting economic development and enhancing trade in the region since 1996 with the support of ADB. The region consists of 10 member countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, PRC, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and partners with six multilateral institutions to assist and further the economic potential of the CAREC region (ADB, EBRD, IMF, IsDB, UNDP and World bank). Mongolia became the member of the region in 2003.

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A book named “Introduction of Customs legislation” is published

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Mr. Tsogtoo Shar, awardee of the first doctor’s degree in customs research matters and the Customs attorney has released “Introduction of Customs Legislation”, a book based on legislation theory and best practices of other countries. The book has become a reference book and guideline for not only foreign traders and customs officials but also for researchers, students and postgraduates on this matter. The book was edited by Mr. U.Otgonbayar, customs advisor and customs officer, Risk Management unit.

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Zamiin-Uud customhouse detects smuggling of 15,490 kg gold

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According to the information received from Central Intelligence Agency, the customs officer, intelligence officials and police have jointly conducted inspection on wagon of Zamiin-Uud – Erlian route on 7 August, 2015.

During the inspection on the wagon, officials detected concealed 2 sectioned, 4 pieces of 6090 kg gold which was wrapped in black plastic bag and taped.

On 8 August, 2015, the intelligence and customs officials have undertaken detailed inspection and detected 3 sectioned, 6 pieces of 9,4 kg metal.

The total detected items weighed 15,490 kg and laboratory examination identified it as gold. The customs officials have conducted operational control and the reports, relevant documents and evidence were forwarded to the procurator.

7TH JOINT CUSTOMS CONTROL MEETING BETWEEN MONGOLIA AND CHINA CUSTOMS WAS HELD

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The 7th Joint Customs Control (JCC) meeting of the Customs Administrations of Mongolia and China was held successfully in Beijing, China from 19-22 July 2015.

Mr. Lu Pei Jun, Deputy Minister of the China Customs welcomed and met the Mongolian delegation before the JCC meeting. The participants from Mongolia for the meeting was headed by Mr. Enkhtsogt.N, Deputy Director General of the Customs General Administration of Mongolia along with Mr. Byambagarav.J, director of International cooperation unit and Ms. Davaasuren.Ts, customs officer of Zamiin-Uud Customhouse and from China Customs, Mr. Miao Yuexue, deputy director of Customs control and Inspection Department, Ms. Zhao Ruxia, director of international cooperation department and other officials were present. The two parties expressed their support and dedication for the joint customs control and other cooperation in all ways and agreed that the data exchange of unified cargo manifest is a new stage of cooperation between the customs administrations of Mongolia and China.  

The meeting emphasized collaboration and mutual benefits under the scope of joints customs control and facilitation of customs clearance between the two customs administrations by reflecting “One belt, one road” initiative by China and the “Steppe road project” cooperation strategy initiated by Mongolia and implementing the memorandum signed by the heads of the customs of Mongolia and China during the high level meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Ufa, Russia.

Parties actively discussed and studied about implementing of “Electronic cargo manifest” project and reached technical agreement on “Technical terms of exchange of numeric indicators of the cargo manifests of Mongolia and China” and to be piloted from 10 September 2015 electronically.  The formal launch of exchange of numeric data of cargo manifest at Zamiin-Uud and Erlian ports was agreed to begin from 1 November 2015 and based on the pilot status, parties shall agree on implementing period and scope of the project.

As was initiated by China Customs, the scope of the pilot for joint customs control to be widened and the use of unified cargo manifest to be increased in “Khangi” customs branch of Mongolia and “Mandal” of China. Moreover, the plans for implementation after the working hours of those ports becomes permanent or regular, opening periods, and the measures for implementation were agreed to be discussed further and to be informed to the respective regulating authorities of the two customs administrations.

As was initiated by Mongolia, the parties agreed on piloting the second phase of the joint control which is the “Mutual acceptance of the results of control and inspection“ and measures for implementing the project by starting with two ways which are mutual acceptance of 1. Weighing results and 2. X-ray results were actively discussed during the meeting.  It was also agreed that the two parties need to establish a working group before 8th meeting, develop action plans and the first stage of discussions of the contents of the plans should take place by the two customs administrations and to be introduced to the respective regulating authorities.

Asian Development Bank has been supporting the joint customs control of the two customs administrations from which further requests for assistance for the project were put during the meeting by the participants of the meeting. Mr. Hartman, expert from ADB who was also present at the meeting analyzed the process of joint customs control project and commented that the project analysis and reports should be improved.

Parties agreed to organize the 8th meeting in May 2016 in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia, to analyze the implementing process of “Electronic cargo manifest” project, to make the measures to commence the second phase of the project which is “Mutual acceptance of control and inspection” project clear and to study in depth of the terms of changes in indicators of unified cargo manifest. 

DELEGATION OF CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION HEADED BY MR. TSENGEL BOLD, DIRECTOR GENERAL PAID AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO UFA, RUSSIA

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Trilateral meeting of experts from the customs administrations of Mongolia-China-Russia was held in June 2015 to discuss about the finalizing of a draft of trilateral document developed for the purpose of facilitating customs clearance and border developments. As a result of the meeting, the drafts of the following two documents were finalized:

-          “Memorandum of Cooperation between the Customs General Administration of Mongolia, Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation and the Customs General Administration of the People’s Republic of China on creating favorable conditions for promoting trade development between Mongolia, Russia and China”;

-          “General Agreement between the Customs General Administration of Mongolia, The Federal Agency for the Development of the State Border Facilities of the Russian Federation and the Customs General Administration of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation of border development sector in Mongolia, Russia and China”. 

 

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As was agreed by the parties that the above documents to be signed during the presidential meeting of the member countries of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Ufa, Russia on 9-10 July 2015, the delegation of Customs General Administration of Mongolia headed by Mr. Tsengel Bold participated the event. The signing ceremony of the referred documents was held on 9 July 2015 in the presence of Mr. Tsengel Bold, Director General of Mongolian Customs. Mr. A.Yu.Beliyaninov, Head of Federal Customs Service of Russia and Mr. Yu Guangzhou, Director General of the Customs General Administration of China.

 After the trilateral meeting in Ufa, two separate bilateral meetings were held between the heads of the customs administrations of China and Mongolia and between Russian and Mongolia. During the bilateral meeting with Mr. A.Yu.Beliyaninov, Head of the Federal Customs Service of Russia, the following documents were signed by the heads of the two parties.   

-          “Protocol between Customs General Administration of Mongolia and the Federal Customs Service of Russia on mutual acceptance of customs control results on certain goods”

-          “Agreement between the Customs General Administration of Mongolia and the Federal Customs Service of Russia on exchange x-ray equipment data for the purpose of enhancement of customs control results”

-          “2015-2019 plan for strategic cooperation between the Customs General Administration of Mongolia and the Federal Customs Service of Russia”.

The establishing of the above documents shall further improve cooperation of customs administrations of the two parties and thus will create favorable conditions of active cooperation in many ways.  

 

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CRIMINAL OFFENCES WERE DETECTED AT GASHUUNSUKHAIT AND ZAMIIN-UUD CUSTOMHOUSES

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An attempt to smuggle 800 grams of psychoactive powder /methamphetamine/ by a Mongolian national while entering Gashuunsukhait border point was detected during customs control and inspection on 02 July 2015 and was submitted to the legal authority.

Another offence was detected by Zamiin-Uud Customs when Intelligence Agency requested for detector dog inspection in a vehicle on the suspect of smuggling of concealed drugs by a Mongolian national on 09 July 2015. Customs officer responsible for mobile control along with his detector dog worked at the site of Intelligence agency for about 19 hours and 40 minutes inspecting the vehicle of the suspected person. During the detector dog inspection, 2 packets of plastic bags wrapped in tape were found under the back seat of the vehicle. The packets weigh 42.9 grams with plastic bags and ice-like thing was inside with net weight of 38.8 grams.  

The detected items were sent to the customs laboratory on the request of Intelligence agency and the lab analysis made by analyst officers came out as “Methamphetamine”.

Currently, the offences are being investigated by related authorities. 

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STATISTICS EXPERTS’ MEETING OF THE CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATIONS OF MONGOLIA AND THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION WAS HELD

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Under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Customs General Administration of Mongolia and the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation on exchange of foreign trade statistical data of Mongolia and Russia signed on 08 April 2010 in Moscow, 1st statistics experts’ meeting of the customs of the two parties was held in Irkutsk in 2013 for the purpose of foreign trade statistics collation of the two countries and make analytic studies on the differences.

By the agreement, the meeting is to be held in every two-year and this year, the statistics experts’ second meeting was held in Ulaanbaatar from 30 June to 02 July 2015. For this working group meeting, the delegations of the Russian Federal Customs service were Mr. A.E.Konstantinov, director of customs statistics and analysis department and Ms. T.V.Kozlova, advisor of the statistics methodology division of the customs statistics and analysis department. Mongolian side was represented by Mr. B.Tsog, director of the Statistics unit, Ms. Ts.Oyunbileg, customs senior officer of the Statistics unit and Ms. Ts.Oyuntsetseg and Mr. J.Battsengel, customs officers of the Statistics unit.

Statistical collation on 28 types of importing goods and 12 types of exporting goods by 2014 was made in order to determine the causes of differences came up from the collation by the working group and the differences were studied in details one by one for further use and analysis purposes.

The results of the working group meeting was signed by a Protocol and the parties agreed to organize the next meeting in Russia in 2018. 

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