A total of 6 meetings of Heads of Customs Administrations, 9 Working Group Meetings on Customs Cooperation, one Technical Meeting of Experts on Preliminary Information Sharing, one “International Workshop on Risk Management” have been organized up to this date.
Today customs has become the hub around which the wheel of globalization turns, and that hub must be both strong and flexible in order to global trade operate efficiently.
The Turkic Council attributes great importance to the cooperation among its Members in the field of customs and transport. In pursuance of the instruction issued by the Heads of States at the Bishkek Summit of the Turkic Council held on 23 August 2012, Turkic Council regularly convenes meetings of Heads of the Customs Administrations and Working Group on Customs Cooperation with the aim of creating multilateral mechanisms that would further facilitate trade and customs procedures among the Member States.
While doing so, the main objective of the Secretariat is to promote awareness, understanding and adoption of international conventions, standards, recommendations, guidelines and best practices relating to customs matters among Turkic Council member countries and to create a coherent unified approach of the Member States in relevant international fora.
Owing to the cooperation mechanisms within the Turkic Council, important achievements have been made in the field of customs.
Up to this date, a total of 6 meetings of Heads of Customs Administrations, 9 Working Group meetings on customs cooperation, one technical meeting of experts on Preliminary Information Sharing, one “International Workshop on Risk management” have been organized.
The Turkic Council supports national projects of the Member States on revitalization of the Silk Road, such as Kazakhstan’s “Silk Wind” and Turkey’s “Caravanserai” projects.
In order to promote joint actions and projects strengthening customs cooperation among the Silk Road countries through concrete steps, visits by the delegations from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkic Council Secretariat to Kyrgyz-Chinese Torugart and Kazakh-Chinese Altynkol border crossing points (BCPs) together with Khorgoz Free Trade Zone located in Kazakh-Chinese border were held on 27-29 September 2016.
Likewise, on 26-27 October 2016, the delegation of the Turkic Council consisting of the customs officials of the Member States visited Kapıkule BCP located in Edirne province. The aim of the visit was to get familiarized with the Built-Operate-Transfer system of building and modernizing BCPs around Turkey that were realized within the public-private partnership framework.
As part of the growing international cooperation network of the Turkic Council, the relations between the Turkic Council and the World Customs Organization was formalized with signing of the “Memorandum of Understanding between Turkic Council and World Customs Organization (WCO)” on 17 February 2015 in Brussels with the aim to use of instruments to facilitate customs procedures and to help our Member States to better integrate into the global system, enabling greater opportunities for trade.
Along with other activities in this field, the Secretariat actively encourages capacity building and therefore supports the Customs Administrations of the Member States through organizing a series of regional workshops. So far several regional and international workshops on “Post Clearance and Risk management”, “Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) System” and “Customs Transit Facilitation” were organized in Ankara, Astana and Baku by the support of the relevant authorities.
Since 2017, the Secretariat also takes part in the International Forum on the Role of Customs Administrations in Promoting and Facilitating Trade among the Silk Road Countries. In this respect the Turkic Council actively participated in the 7th and 8th International Silk Road Forum held respectively in Aktau (2017) and in Bishkek (2018).
In addition, at the 6th Turkic Council Summit of the Turkic Council held on 3 September 2018 in Cholpan-Ata (Kyrgyzstan), the Presidents of Turkic Council Member States encouraged the use of mechanisms for the simplification of export and import procedures and introduction of advanced information exchange system, as well as modern and IT based transit procedures among customs authorities of the Member States, underlined the significance of the modernization of border gates; and called on the Member States to facilitate border crossings in a more effective and faster manner.