The Mission of the Forum
To increase the competitiveness of the Russian economy by creating a venue for dialogue of organizations interested in developing the foreign economic activity as a whole and customs in particular.
The Purpose of Holding the Forum
As a practical working tool for the government and business community, the forum is intended to stimulate a free exchange of information and opinions and to work out measures to overcome crisis situation and define the further development of customs and related sectors.
1. Development of international and regional cooperation of customs services;
2. Consolidation of various organizations and ministries interested in the development of customs industry;
3. Presentation of achievement of the Russian customs;
4. Activization of entrepreneurship, commercialization of technology;
5. Presentation of results of the public-private partnership in the customs sphere;
6. Development of mutually beneficial business contacts, attraction of attention from potential investors and customers”.
Starting in 2018, the International Exhibition “Customs Service”, which during the last 18 years has proven to be a leading and extremely practice-oriented event in the customs sphere, changes its format and begins working as an International Customs Forum.
The 2018 International Customs Forum will have a number of specific characteristics and have a fully new organization and holding format.
The main difference will be the enhanced international cooperation which means that the list of participants will include not only customs bodies of CIS countries, but also transnational customs and foreign economic activity organization. WCO, EAEU, BRICS, JETRO, The Association for European Business, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and others are planning to take part in the Forum.
In 2018, there will also be an extended display with 9 new thematic sections. Key companies – importers and exporters, executive bodies of the Russian Federation and customs organizations – will take part in the display.
Another special characteristic will be the new format of the scientific and business program where more attention will be paid to the dialogue with the business community and strengthening the interdepartmental cooperation.
THE HISTORY OF THE “CUSTOMS SERVICE” INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
The annual “Customs Service” exhibition (since 2018, the International Customs Forum) is held in Moscow since 2000 and is dedicated to the celebration of the Day of the Customs Worker which falls on October 25.
The event is held by the FCS of Russia and is aimed at strengthening business and partner ties, creating of an open dialogue between the representatives of the customs service, administrative structures and leading participants of the foreign economic activity. Annually, it attracts more than 3000 representatives from government and business.
Overall, during all “Customs Service” exhibition there were more than 100 roundtable discussions and conferences held which included representatives from the highest agency of government power, large civic organizations (CCI of Russia, RUIE, PILLAR OF RUSSIA, Business Russia), associations (AEB, JETRO, RAITC, NATB, RATEK, ACORT, the Eurasian Association for Duty-Free Trade and others) and companies related to foreign economic activity. The business program was aimed at discussing relevant issues related to the work of the government, customs and business.
During the time that the “Customs Service” exhibitions were held, there were more than 500 objects of cultural value and more than 2000 of religious objects (icons and religious literature) handed over to the representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church, state museums and libraries.
One of the most important events is the ceremony for memorial cancellation of postal products by the management of FCS of Russia, Rossvyaz and the Russiant Post FSUE. During the times that the exhibitions were held, there was a large number of stamps, envelopes and cards with the insignia of the Federal Customs Service cancelled.
Annually, more than 30 foreign delegations from the countries of EAEU (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia), CIS countries, countries of the far abroad (the Baltics, China, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Finland, Philippines and others) and international organizations (WCO, ECE and others) take part in the event in one format or another.
THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION “CUSTOMS SERVICE 2017”
The priority for the work of the Federal Customs Service will be the realization of the “simplicity and convenience for business, efficiency and safety for the state” concept. This idea was taken as a basis for the main concept of the 2017 exhibition.
The displays were showing the modern information technology used in the cooperation of FCS of Russia, government bodies (organizations) and participants of foreign economic activity:
• the interactive map of the EAEU with information streams of data exchange as a part of general technology customs processes, realized by the Integrated Information System of EAEU;
• work of the “Personal Account of FEA Participant” information service;
• work of “Portal “Sea Port” software system which implements “single window” principles and provides for cooperation of all participants of goods and transport vehicles processing in the offshore posts for crossing the Russian border;
• the functioning of USAIS which is implemented through the cooperation of the FCS of Russia and the Federal Service for the Regulation of the Alcohol Market;
• advanced technologies used by the Russian customs bodies (the automatic registration of declarations, the automatic release of goods, the electronic declaration of customs transit);
• the categorization of the participants of economic activity, the risk management process, tools (including complexes for inspection and searches), minimization of risks and the results of implementing the system of risk management;
• usage of the marking system for customs control after the goods’ release;
• the information exchange between the FCS of Russia and the copyright holders, the results of the customs bodies’ work on protecting the FIFA copyright;
• the administering of customs payments by using information technology; • use of electronic banking guarantees for payment of customs payments;
• interaction of customs and postal services, new technologies for processing small postal items etc.
The “Customs Service 2017” exhibition included a forum, the key issues of which were the discussion of further development of customs administration and improvement of its quality, based on the Customs Code of EAEU and other regulations and key programs entering into force. In addition to the forum there were roundtable discussions and thematic presentations held as parts of the business program of the exhibition.