On April 21, 2023, the first meeting of the heads of customs services in the Central Asia-China format was held via videoconferencing, which was attended by the heads and representatives of the customs services of Turkmenistan, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The meeting was chaired by the head of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China, Yu Jianhua, who proposed the establishment of a mechanism for regular meetings of heads of customs services within the framework of the Central Asia-China summit.
During the meeting, a number of issues were considered in such areas of interaction as simplification of customs clearance, cooperation within the framework of the "Single Window" project, exchange of experience in the development of "Smart Customs", cooperation on mutual recognition of the status of an authorized economic operator (AEO), combating customs offenses and exchange of preliminary information.
The parties approved the draft Regulations on the work of the mechanism of meetings of the heads of customs services in the "Central Asia-China" format.
The second meeting of the heads of customs services in the Central Asia-China format was proposed to be held in 2025 in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Chinese side also proposed holding an extraordinary face-to-face meeting in China before the end of this year, during which it is proposed to sign the Regulations.