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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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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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