Chairman of State Customs Committee meets with UK Ambassador
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On October 8, chairman of the State Customs Committee, customs service Lieutenant-General Safar Mehdiyev met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Azerbaijan James Sharp.

Chairman of the State Customs Committee Safar Mehdiyev expressed satisfaction with the level of relations between Azerbaijan and UK, said customs bodies had important tasks in enhancing the bilateral relations, spoke about the importance of mutual activity and exchange of experience for deepening of the cooperation between the customs services of the two countries.

Noting that the reforms carried out in the country under the leadership of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev paved the way for the improvement of management in the customs system, simplification of customs procedures, achievements in ensuring citizens' satisfaction, chairman of the Committee said Azerbaijan's customs service had an exemplary experience in the field of application of information technologies, risk management, automated management system. Safar Mehdiyev emphasized that the innovations applied in the customs system had played an important role in increasing efficiency of customs system, realizing facilitated international trade, ensuring transparency.

Thanking for warm welcome, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Azerbaijan James Sharp expressed satisfaction with the current state of economic, political and cultural relations, said his country was interested in developing cooperation with Azerbaijan in all spheres, including customs system.

Ambassador said the reforms carried out, the achievements gained in Azerbaijan's customs system had made a great impression on him, noted that the British companies operating in Azerbaijan were satisfied with the innovations in the customs service.

Speaking about the importance of exchanging experience, James Sharp said the exercise on the application of the Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) system to be held by the British experts for the employees of the State Customs Committee the following week was an important step towards the development of mutual cooperation.

Ambassador James Sharp drew attention to the exit of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union at the end of this month. Therefore, there is a need to reorganize the customs system at the country's checkpoints. Certain work must be done between the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The diplomat talked about the benefits of using the experience of Azerbaijan's customs service in organizing customs work along the border.

Chairman of the State Customs Committee Safar Mehdiyev underlined the importance of exchanging experience, said Azerbaijan's customs service was ready to share the practice of Azerbaijan's customs service if there was a need to reorganize the customs system at the checkpoints between the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Views were exchanged on a number of issues of mutual interest.

Press and Public Affairs Department of the State Customs Committee