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Turkmenistan State Customs Service and UNDP Signed Memorandum of Understanding
29 Nov
Turkmenistan State Customs Service and UNDP Signed Memorandum of Understanding

On November 27, 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Development Program on joint cooperation to stimulate innovation and modernize customs procedures to achieve sustainable development.

Thanks to the immense cares of the Esteemed President, the customs system of Turkmenistan is developing dynamically. Particular attention is paid to innovation. Comprehensive measures are being taken to improve and modernize the legislation and material and technical support of the State Customs Service. Customs legislation is fully based on accepted international standards. The Customs Code of Turkmenistan is consistent with the requirements of the Kyoto Convention on the harmonization and unification of customs procedures.

All the necessary conditions for quick and smooth clearance of goods are created at customs points. Customs points are equipped with x-ray equipment and other modern devices produced by global manufacturers.

Another key condition for creating a modern customs system is the integrated use of information technology. Automation of customs procedures opens up new opportunities for customs authorities, taking it into account the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan is collaborating with the UN Conference on Trade and Development to implement the Integrated Customs Information System (ASYCUDA).

Over the past 2 years alone, the State Customs Service has signed a number of bilateral agreements with the customs services of neighboring countries, in particular, data exchange agreements. We adopt best practices and standards and share our own best practices. All modernization measures are also aimed at achieving the sustainable development goals developed by the UN member countries.

The purpose of the memorandum signed with UNDP is to provide a basis for interaction between the Parties in areas of mutual interest within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In accordance with the memorandum, cooperation will be developed in such areas as the promotion of innovations and digital solutions in the field of customs, the exchange of information between the customs authorities of states, the establishment of a system for preliminary declaration, and the promotion of capacity development.