The Federal Customs Administration (FCA) and the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on customs cooperation in Moscow on June 9, 2021.
Exploratory talks between the FCA and the Russian authorities in September 2019 revealed that similar challenges were at the forefront for both administrative units, i.e. the digitalisation of processes and organisational reforms. A desire to step up contact at the technical level was also expressed. The FCA and the FCS agreed to record the intensification of cooperation in a legally non-binding MoU.
Content of the memorandum of understanding
The main objective of the MoU is to promote technical cooperation and the exchange of best practices in various areas. The MoU also provides an opportunity to optimise processes in the cross-border movement of goods with Russia. It will be implemented through bilateral meetings and seminars at expert level both in Switzerland and in Russia.