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THE 2014 RESULTS OF THE EVALUATION ON THE ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES CARRIED OUT BY GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS WERE PRESENTED

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The Anti-Corruption agency subcontracted an independent team of analysts based on public participation to evaluate the 2014 anti-corruption measures conducted by government organizations. The results of this evaluation were presented to the public.  

Four teams of analysts consisting of representatives of “Bayanzurkh Consulting” LLC, “Accurate solution” NGO and “Social policy development research institute” selected in an open bid evaluated the anti-corruption activities the government organizations conducted in 2014 in accordance with the evaluation methodology approved by the Anti-corruption agency and have announced the results publicly. The evaluation is being performed for the second time.

Source:http://iaac.mn– Anti-corruption agency

CUSTOMS MANAGEMENT TEAM AT THE SHANGHAI CUSTOMS COLLEGE

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Customs administration training designed for the management of customs was organized at the Shanghai customs college in China on 05-16 January 2015. The training was attended by Heads of Customs houses and branches and the cost for the training was fully funded by the Asian Development Bank.

The training covered the following courses:

  1. Chinese customs, organization, tasks and activities;
  2. Information technology;
  3. Customs activity in the economic free trade zone;
  4. Customs offences and legal provisions;
  5. AEO; 
  6. Risk management;
  7. Customs clearance and control management;
  8. Shanghai customs activities; and
  9. Shanghai free trade zone. 

AN ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE MARMOT SKIN OUT OF THE COUNTRY

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A decree by the Minister of Environment prohibited the hunting and exporting of marmots as Mongolian marmots have significantly decreased in number. However illegal activities are not going away. Customs organization conducted inspection based on risk assessment on 9 November 2014 and detected an attempt to smuggle 228 pieces of marmot skin out of the country through Zamiin-Uud port. The skins were carefully packaged and concealed underneath the floor and above the ceiling, indicating a criminal intent. The case has been transferred to the relevant law enforcement organization. 

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AN ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE AMMUNITION

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Customs organization is continually conducting inspections based on risk assessment. Customs officers in charge of customs offense matters from the Customs General Administration inspected a container consisting of collective goods sent from the United Stated on 28 October 2014 and detected 220 pieces of ammunition for firearms Remington, Winchester and Federal.

We would like to urge the people coming from the United States and Europe to refrain from accepting and carrying goods belonging to others as there are increased cases of attempts to smuggle ammunition from these countries, concealed in imported vehicles or within collective goods. 

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AN ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE WOLF SKIN OUT OF THE COUNTRY

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Customs officers at the Buyant-Ukhaa customs detected 17 wolf skins in a carry-on of a passenger traveling to Beijing from Ulaanbaatar on 28 October 2014. The wolf skins were not declared to the customs and the passenger had not obtained special permit and attempted to smuggle the skins out of the country.

Customs officers at the Buyant-Ukhaa customs have been able to detect and deter many offenses committed by foreigners based on assessment of risk. 

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EXCHANGED IDEAS ON THE POSSIBILITY OF AUSTRALIAN VOLUNTEER TO WORK AT THE CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION

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East Asian Regional Director of Scope Global, an international organization funded by the Australian Government, Mr.Paul Jenkins visited with the Director General of Mongolian Customs General Administration O.Ganbat on 19 November 2014 and exchanged ideas on the possibilities of hosting an Australian volunteer at the Mongolian Customs and providing advanced training for officers in various fields.

Customs General Administration has defined and sent to Scope Global the topics under which the priority trainings are needed and provided the proposal is accepted, we would be able to enhance capacity of our customs officers in leadership, team building, change management and offense management starting from March of 2015. 

SEMI-PRECIOUS NATURAL STONE WAS ATTEMPTED TO BE SMUGGLED

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The collaboration between the Police organization and the Customs organization has been very effective in detecting offenses.


For instance, on 17 November 2014, the Police organization and the Customs organization jointly conducted an inspection on a van going to the PRC through Shiveekhuren port and discovered that the van was intentionally equipped with additional walls to conceal 125 kilograms of red natural semi-precious stones. It was evident that the smuggling attempt was organized and pre-planned and the stones were confiscated in accordance with the provision 291.2 of the Customs Law.

Intentionally drilled holes in the wall areas

Intentionally drilled holes in the wall areas

The confiscated semi-precious stones

Similar attempts of smuggling this stone has been noted 66 times in 2014 through Shiveekhuren port alone and total of 1300 kg of this stone has been confiscated.  

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THE CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION HAS ORGANIZED A MEETING WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF POLYMER RAW MATERIALS IMPORTING COMPANIES

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On 18 November 2014, the Customs control and clearance division in collaboration with the Customs Central Laboratory organized a meeting with the companies importing polymer raw materials under the efforts to facilitate international trade and promote legal trade through more expedited customs services.

During the meeting, the companies were informed on the decision to make the validity date of the laboratory analysis results on polymer raw materials to be 3 months. Moreover the parties exchanged ideas on the customs procedures, tests and analysis being conducted on the samples from the polymer raw materials and the laboratory personnel introduced the equipment and the test procedures to the companies.

As a result of making the validity date of test results on polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate and sterol polymers three months, the customs clearance procedures will be simplified and the companies will benefit from saving time and money. 

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GREETINGS FROM THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF MONGOLIAN CUSTOMS GENERAL ADMINISTRATION O.GANBAT

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We are celebrating the 102nd year anniversary of the launch of Mongolian Customs. I wish to extend the warmest greetings to all the customs officers from every generations who have dedicated their heart and soul to their work and the customs stakeholders who are contributing to the role of creating wealth through foreign trade.

Customs organization has been working with the aims to ensure complete reform of the customs organization, intelligent and ongoing customs control framework based on risk management, cooperation within the Asia Pacific region and with member countries of the World Customs Organization, effective customs-business partnership, facilitation for legal trade, expedited customs clearance based on information technology, integrity of customs officers and honest and loyal mindsets in an attempt to achieve our vision and mission.  

I wish your diligence and your confidence in the customs organization will continue flourish.

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THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF MONGOLIAN CUSTOMS GENERAL ADMINISTRATION WORKED AT THE 11-11 CENTER

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The Director General of Mongolian Customs General Administration O.Ganbat worked at the 11-11 center on 15 October 2014 at 11 am and answered questions. There is a common conception among the public that the customs organization is bureaucratic and corrupt. The current administration of the customs organization took a multi-perspective look at the situation and concentrated on facilitating the customs clearance procedure, decreasing the face-to-face interaction between the public and the customs officers and decreasing the time required for customs clearance, said the Director General.

   
Revised customs clearance procedure has been in force since the first of September 2014, which resulted in the number of steps to be 6-8 instead of the previous 14. Furthermore the customs organization plans to carry out the project to “adopt paperless technology and electronic customs clearance” in 2014-2016. As of today the customs clearance on certain minerals being exported through Gashuunsukhait, Shiveekhuren, Bichigt, Bayankhoshuu, and Yarant ports are undergoing electronic clearance and consequently the steps and time required for clearance were decreased by 2-3 times. As a result of the implementations of these measures, each company was able to save 4200-11200 MNT from every consignment, the steps required for customs clearance was decreased to 12 from 23-29 steps and the clearance time was decreased to 6 minutes from 30 minutes. As of the end of September, the customs organization had achieved 84.2% of its annual objective, which implies the tax revenue has increased by 14.3 billion MNT as compared with the previous year. 

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ADVANCED TRAINING WAS HELD FOR LOCAL CUSTOMS OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF HS MATTERS

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Advanced training was held successfully for the customs officers from local customs branch offices who are working in charge of the HS matters. The training participants included 30 customs officers from Ulaanbaatar Customs, Selenge Customs, Zamiin-Uud Customs, Buyant-Ukhaa Customs, Postal Customs, Sainshand Customs, Dornod Customs, Gashuunsukhait Customs, Orkhon Customs, Govi-Altai Customs and Bichigt Customs.

The advanced training was directed at providing thorough knowledge on classifying the machinery and equipment of the chapter 84 and 85 of the Harmonized commodity description and coding system and providing opportunity for the officers to put their knowledge into practice. Customs officer from the HS and Valuation division of the Customs General Administration N.Tsolmon and expert from the Small and medium enterprise development department N.Enkhtur were the instructors of the training. 

A DIRECTOR OF A DEPARTMENT AT THE MINISTRY OF SECURITY AND WELFARE OF THE PRC VISITS THE CUSTOMS GENERAL ADMINISTRATION WITH HIS OFFICIALS

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Director Liu Yujing of the Chinese Security and Welfare Ministry visited the Mongolian Customs General Administration on 7 October 2014 with his officials. The officials held a meeting with the Mongolian officials comprising of officials from the Compliance and Trade Facilitation Department, Customs Offense and Mobile Control Department, Anti-crime department of the General Police Department and the division of the International cooperation division of the Police Department.

At the beginning of the meeting the Head of the Customs Offense and Mobile Control Department Ts.Gendentseveen gave a presentation on “Narcotics and Customs” and provided information on the policy the Mongolian Customs is implementing, the equipment used in customs control and inspection, the offenses detected and the trends of the narcotics related offenses.

The Head of the Compliance and Trade Facilitation Department Yo.Bat-Erdenet briefly presented the activities planned to be undertaken in an attempt to counter the illegal trade of narcotics and the collaboration efforts being taken with the World Customs Organization regional offices and the neighboring countries and agreed to exchange ideas on signing a cooperation memorandum.

The officials emphasized the rapidly growing number of narcotics related offenses and the negative impacts of the narcotics and the sophisticated concealment methods of the criminals and agreed to the ever growing importance of exchange of information and collaboration in order to fight the crimes effectively. 

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