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On April 20, an online ceremony was held to sign the document envisaging completion of the work done in connection with the application of the World Customs Organization's Cargo Targeting System (CTS) in the Azerbaijani customs service.
The ceremony was attended by chairman of the State Customs Committee, customs service Colonel-General Safar Mehdiyev, heads of the Committee's appropriate agencies, the WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya, Director of the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate Pranab Kumar Das and Head of Administration and Personnel Hans Pieters and others.
Chairman of the State Customs Committee Safar Mehdiyev said as a result of the far-sighted and successful course of development set by the national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev and effectively implemented by President Ilham Aliyev, the Azerbaijani customs service had carried out a number of reforms to facilitate trade and ensure security, achieved great progress as a result of the transparent policy and anti-corruption measures.
Safar Mehdiyev underlined that the application of the WCO system based on risk management in Azerbaijan's customs service was of great importance for the State Customs Committee, noted that CTS launched to support the risk assessment in the customs system and enabling collection, storage and exchange of data on cargo would pave the way for trade facilitation and security through determining high-risk cargo and accelerating delivery of low-risk cargo.
Chairman of the Committee said that the system creating conditions for more efficient use of available resources and speeding up border-crossing procedures would lead to increasing the attractiveness of the North-South and East-West transport corridors passing through Azerbaijan and the country's transit potential
Safar Mehdiyev also spoke about the productive cooperation between the WCO and the State Customs Committee, expressed gratitude for the support provided in terms of the application of the system.
The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Kunio Mikuriya said the document signed on the application of CTS was also of great importance for the organization.
The Secretary General noted that during the difficult period caused by the pandemic, the Azerbaijani customs service successfully chaired the WCO Europe Region, and had done a great job to establish effective relations and transmit data among member countries.
"We welcome the steps taken by the Azerbaijani customs service in terms of the application of information technology," said Kunio Mikuriya and recalled the conference and exhibition on the application of information technology in the customs system held in our country two years ago, underlined that experience of Azerbaijan's customs service and customs bodies of other states in the sphere of IT and their innovative approaches were demonstrated during those events.
Touching on CTS' role in the facilitation of international trade, the WCO Secretary General expressed confidence that with the successful application of the system Azerbaijan would demonstrate a perfect experience to the world.
Then, the speakers emphasized the importance of CTS, its role in the facilitation of the international trade.
The document envisaging completion of the work done in connection with the application of the World Customs Organization's Cargo Targeting System (CTS) in the Azerbaijani customs service was signed online at the end of the event.
The document was signed by chairman of the State Customs Committee Safar Mehdiyev and Head of Administration and Personnel at the WCO Hans Pieters.