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A LECTURE ON “CORRUPTION, INTEGRITY AND CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION” BY A PROFESSOR FROM GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

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At the invitation of the Director General of Customs General Administration O.Ganbat, Professor Charles Samford from the Griffith University in Australia visited the Customs General Administration and gave lecture on “Corruption, intergrity and customs organization” to the customs officers from the Customs General Administration, Ulaanbaatar Customs, Postal Customs and the Buyant-Ukhaa Customs.

Professor Charles Stamford has extensive experience in corruption and integrity related research both in Australia and internationally. The lecture was well received by the customs officers and the management agreed to apply the knowledge in formulating policy and developing code of conducts. The lecture was beneficial to the customs officers as it included guidelines for customs officers to prevent from conflict of interests, proper risk management methodology for protecting oneself from illegal activities and motivation for the officers to remain free from corruption. 

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CUSTOMS OFFICERS FROM SHIVEEKHUREN CUSTOMS DETECTED CRIMINAL CASE TYPE CUSTOMS OFFENSE

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Customs officers at the Shiveekhuren Customs assessed risk on 5 vehicles transporting passengers on 6 October 2014 and conducted in detail inspection. During the inspection, it was determined there occurred one criminal case type customs offense and 4 administrative type of customs offense. The customs offenses were identified as pre-meditated and displaying characteristics of organized crime as the vehicles were intentionally equipped for the purposes of concealment. The goods attempted to be smuggled were precious natural stones and the goods were confiscated for state revenue. 

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CUSTOMS OFFICIALS WELCOMED THE REPRESENTATIVES OF SOME PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

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On 6 October 2014, the Deputy Director General of the Customs General Administration and other officials met with representatives of Mongolian professional associations and unions. The meeting was attended by Mongolian transport brokers association, Mongolian tourists association, and Mongolian spar mining and producing exporters’ association.

The following requests were made by the professional associations and the customs organization will address these issues within the law:

Mongolian tourists association:

-       Paying attention to the ethics and manners of the customs officers

-       Resolving the duties and fees levied upon the personal effects and baggage of tourists

-       Regularly operating the green channel at the airport

-       Improving the foreign language skills of customs officers at the airport customs

-       Notifying the professional associations of revisions and amendments in the customs legislations

Mongolian transport brokers’ united association

-       Possibility of changing the requirement for dangerous goods to undergo laboratory testing from every single time to once in a pre-specified time frame

-       Possibility of joining the laboratories of General Administration for Specialized Inspection and the Customs General Administration

-       Holding discussion sessions among the professional associations when proposing revisions to the customs-related legislations

Mongolian spar mining and producing exporters’ association

-       Reviewing and considering lower service fees for the services provided by the customs control zone

-       Resolving the chaotic matter of Chinese invested companies operating in the spar sector conducting loading of goods from their own company site rather than from customs control zone

-       Making the origin of the spars clearer

-       Reviewing the boxes 21 and 43 in the declaration forms and to monitor the accuracy of the information provided thereto

-       Regulating the procedure of customs officers taking samples of spar

Mongolian national mining association  

-       Reviewing and considering lower service fees for the services provided by the customs control zone, specifically in terms of the service fee required per ton on mineral products

-       Resolving the large discrepancies found between the declared unit price of mineral products and the price determined by the customs for the given period for reference.

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GASHUUNSUKHAIT CUSTOMS HELD A MEETING WITH THE GANTS MOD CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

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On 18 September 2014 Gashuunsukhait Customs held the third quarterly meeting with Gants Mod Customs of China. The meeting was attended by the Directors of the two customs organizations and other officials in charge of customs control, contraband detection and other relevant units. The meeting was unique in that the delegates visited the Oyutolgoi LLC copper concentrating plant, studied the mining operations and toured the museum exhibiting the history of the company.

The following main points were discussed during this meeting:
1.    Making the joint manifests electronic, harmonizing the specifications of the manifests and aiming towards paperless manifests;
2.    Exchanging statistical reports and offense records in a timely manner through the use of the contact people on both sides;
3.   Exachanging information of the customs authorized transporters, coal transporting vehicles and companies providing transportation services inter countries;
4.    Under the initiative to support mining product export, it is expected that the amount of copper concentrates being exported will be increasing. Consequently it was proposed that both sides will enable crossing of goods and vehicles without lunch break and until 8 pm daily;
5.    Exchange of statistical reports specifically related to raw material of animal origin crossing between Gashuunsukhait and Gants Mod ports. 

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A MEETING WAS HELD BETWEEN THE SHIVEEKHUREN CUSTOMS AND THE EZNEE PROVINCE CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

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The third quarterly meeting was held between with Shiveekhuren Customs and the Sekhe Customs of China and the meeting was attended by the directors of both customs organizations accompanied by the high level officials.

During this meeting the two parties collated the weight of coals exported from Mongolia to China between January and September of 2014 and increased the number of joint control manifests and reviewed and discussed the downfalls and mistakes.

Additionally, the two customs administration exchanged ideas on facilitating foreign trade, minimizing the time required for clearance, preventing from customs offenses and to unifying the statistical reports.

The parties also agreed to exchange offense records of 2014 as of the first nine months and to promote the laws and legislations of the two countries to passengers and traders. 

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THE US STATE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZED A TRAINING ON “INSPECTION OF GOODS AND VEHICLES”

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Under the programme “Export control and border security” being implemented jointly by the US State Department and the Mongolian Government, a training was organized at the Ulaanbaatar Customs on “Inspection of Goods and Vehicles” from the 22nd to the 26th of September.

The opening remarks for the training was made by the Director of Economic and Trade Division of the US Embassy David Walsch and the training was attended by officials from the Customs General Administration of Mongolia and the General Administration of Specialized Inspection.  As a result of the training our control agencies were able to obtain knowledge and skills and to gain international experience for performing inspection on goods and vehicles. 

GASHUUNSUKHAIT CUSTOMS ORGANIZED AN OPEN-DOOR EVENT

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In accordance with the Customs General Administration’s decision to make the year 2014 a year to “foster communication and to promote shared accountability”, Gashuunsukhait Customs organized an open-door event “Customs-Cooperation and information transparency” on 1 October 2014 at the central square of the Khanbogd and Tsogt-Tsestii soums of Umnugovi province.

During the event the customs officers worked, strengthening the customs-business partnership, promoting customs laws and legislations to customs stakeholder, answering questions posed by the people and providing advice and information within the law.

Moreover a detective dog show, exhibiting the detection of prohibited and restricted goods during an attempt to smuggle, was presented to the people of Khanbogd soum in Umnugovi province.

The Gashuunsukhait customs officials gave interviews to the Khanbogd soum televisions and newspapers regarding their operations and regarding the event. 

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TRAINING WAS HELD ON LEGAL FRAMEWORK COUNTERING CORRUPTION

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On 26 September 2014, Senior commissioner and senior official of the Prevention and Education division of the Anti-corruption agency D.Munkhjargal successfully organized a training at the Customs General Administration on the law on regulating and preventing from personal interests in public service and the law on information transparency and the entitlement to information. The customs officers actively participated in the training and at the end of the sessions, discussion was held. 

CUSTOMS OFFICERS TOOK PART IN THE DISCUSSION FORUM FOR THE REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UN CONVENTION AGAINST CORRUPTION

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On 19 September 2014, the Anti-corruption agency organized a discussion forum on the implementation of the articles II and V of the UN convention against corruption under the project “Promoting the legislative procedure with civil participation” implemented by the Mongolian Parliament and UN organization. The discussion forum was attended by customs officers from the Administration and Human Resource Division and the Customs Offense and Mobile Control Division of the Customs General Administration. 

THE CUSTOMS GENERAL ADMINISTRATION ORGANIZED AN INTERNAL TRAINING ON MONITORING-ANALYSIS, EVALUATION AND INTERNAL AUDIT

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The Customs General Administration regularly implements an internal audit in an attempt to conduct monitoring and analysis internally and to evaluate and assess its activities. On 30 September 2014 the Department in charge of the abovementioned responsibility organized an online training for the officers in charge of carrying out the said responsibilities at the 17 customs branches.

 The training was effective in that it increased the knowledge of the officers carrying out the audit locally and enabled the platform for exchanging their opinions on their strengths, weaknesses, and points to focus on in the future. 

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GREETINGS

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Dear Customs veterans! On behalf of the entire personnel in the Mongolian Customs I wish to convey to you greetings on the International day of seniors and wish you all the best and good health.
You have dedicated your youth, knowledge and strength for the Mongolian Customs and you have become models and support for us all through your inheritance of immense experience.
Mongolian Customs is developing rapidly keeping pace with the international standards. During such times, I am confident that the knowledge and experience you have accumulated will continue to play crucial parts in the days to come.
I wish you all health, happiness and prosperity!


DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CUSTOMS GENERAL ADMINISTRATION O.GANBAT

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LARGE SUM OF FOREIGN CURRENCY WAS ATTEMPTED TO BE SMUGGLED OVER THE BORDER

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A Chinese national, Shi Guani, who was expected to fly on the OM223 flight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing on the third of October 2014, attempted to smuggle a large sum of foreign currency in his baggage and was detained by Customs officials.

At the Buyant-Ukhaa customs, the customs officers assessed risk and determined the baggage contained suspicious items. After carrying out a physical inspection accompanied by a witness, it was found that the baggage contained 430 thousand RMBs concealed in a dark-colored plastic bag.  

In accordance with the laws and legislations, the 430 thousand RMBs equivalent to 129 million MNT were confiscated and the attempted smuggler was issued an additional fine. 

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