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AN ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE NATURAL STONES

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On 3 February 2015, Shiveekhuren Customs conducted thorough physical inspection on a truck crossing the border as a result of an intelligence provided by the Border intelligence unit. The two organizations jointly conducted the inspection and detected 420 kg natural stones intentionally concealed in socks divided in parts of 4-6 kgs. The case was transferred to law enforcement organizations in accordance with the law, as the attempt had the characteristics of criminal offence. 

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DRUG SEIZURE

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Under the framework of the cooperation agreement of the Customs General Administration, Division against illegal circulations of drugs and psychotropic substance in the Organized Crime unit of the General Police Department, and the Border intelligence unit of the Border Protection Agency, an effort against the illegal crossing of the drugs and psychotropic substances is being carried out actively.

As a result of the collaboration of the abovementioned organizations, an attempt of three individuals to smuggle 20 grams of methamphetamine concealed in their clothes and luggage along with the utensils used thereto was detected and stopped. 

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THE CUSTOMS TRAINING CENTER ORGANIZED REGIONAL TRAININGS

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The Customs Training Center organized trainings in Darkhan-Uul, Orkhon and Selenge provinces on 12-21 January 2015 with the objective of refreshing the knowledge of the customs officers in customs field in accordance with the training program approved by the Director General of Customs General Administration and with the aim to increase the expertise and to provide them with the latest news and information. The training was attended by over 80 customs officers from the three customs houses. Additionally the training center officers provided information, advice and guidance to 10 specialists in the customs brokers on “Goods classification, description and unification.”

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PUBLIC PRIVATE DIALOGUE

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Customs General Administration in collaboration with the Business Plus Initiative funded by USAID has begun to develop an e-payment system for paying customs duties and other taxes and fees electronically. As a result of introducing and implementing this system, international traders will no longer have the need to wait long lines at the bank or even spend time going to the bank. The system will enable the traders to pay their duties electronically with their credit cards, or using the existing mobile services offered by their respective banks, saving time and cost.

On 22 January 2015, the Customs General Administration, Business Plus Initiative and the Mongolian Banking Association collaboratively and successfully organized a Public Private Dialogue regarding the e-payment system. The dialogue was attended by representatives from major banks and the Head of the IT center of Mongolian Customs B.Ganzorig and an employee of “Infinite Solutions” LLC, that is providing the technical solution to the system, gave presentations regarding the module, its benefits and the legal environment.

Following the presentations, the participants expressed their concerns and expected challenges and an active discussion was conducted. In his closing remarks, the Director General of Mongolian Customs General Administration O.Ganbat expressed his gratitude for the active participation and encouraged the close cooperation of the banks for when the system is launched in April 2015. 

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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.