A working meeting between the experts of the FCS of Russia and the Customs Department under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance of the Lithuanian Republic on the issues of “Kaliningrad transit” scheme was held in the head quarters of the FCS of Russia. In the course of the meeting the parties had considered the issues of improvement of the “Kaliningrad transit” scheme functioning, and also the possibilities of broadening information cooperation between the customs services of the two countries.
The Russian and Lithuanian experts had discussed the existing practice and implementation of the earlier concluded agreements on electronic declarations presentation into the Lithuanian segment of New Computerized Transit System (NCTS), had identified the current problems of the “Kaliningrad transit” scheme functioning, and had decided on the specific steps to be taken in order to eradicate such problems and to improve the system in question and to strengthen control over transmitted electronic declarations.
The parties had also considered the possibility of broadening information cooperation between the customs services of Russia and Lithuania and using in view of this of software and hardware solutions implemented in the “Kaliningrad transit” system for arranging of mutual preliminary informing in accordance with the frame security standards of the World Customs Organization. The Russian party had briefed the Lithuanian customs representatives on the information contents the FCS of Russia would like to get as preliminary information from the NCTS at the time of completion of the EU transit procedures at the external borders of the European Union.
Both Russian and Lithuanian customs services made explicit their interest in the exchange of information, in particular, at the start of a transit procedure in the Lithuanian Republic and at its completion in any country of the EU; handover of queries from the customs service of the Lithuanian Republic to the FCS of Russia on specific types of merchandise (agricultural products) with the purpose of verification of relevant customs clearance of such products in the Russian Federation; transfer of the information available in the NCTS, on completion of transit procedures in the Lithuanian Republic for the goods and transport means conveyed into the Russian Federation.
The parties voiced support to preliminary handover of information about the goods conveyed from Lithuania into Russia.
The parties agreed to continue consultations on the issues of preliminary informing and electronic declaring, as well as to conduct mutual exchange of information about the implementation of the frame security standards of the World Customs Organization.